Popular activity centre expands with £40,000 tented village

Norwich North M.P Chloe Smith on her visit to Eaton Vale Activity Centre to see the new expanded on-

Norwich North M.P Chloe Smith on her visit to Eaton Vale Activity Centre to see the new expanded on-site facilities. Photo: Steve Adams

An activity centre in Norwich has expanded its on-site facilities with a new purpose-built tented village for youngsters, costing £40,000.

Eaton Vale's village comprises a number of chalets for a kitchen and sleeping quarters and can accommodate 70 visitors. A large marquee dining area has been erected and youngsters will be able to stay in the tents.

While the village has been built primarily for the arrival of 400 youngsters from Cambridgeshire as part of this year's National Citizen Service (NCS) visit, afterwards it will be for the use of Norfolk children.

The NCS is a government-funded initiative where16- and 17-year-olds from different backgrounds can spend a residential week away from home during spring, summer and autumn where they will also work with local businesses and community organisations to design and deliver a social action project on an issue that matters to them.

Chloe Smith, Norwich North MP, said: 'It is great for Norwich to host big NCS projects like this. Our city has the facilities, clearly, but we also welcome young people grabbing chances like this.'

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Richard Lang, operations manager at the centre in Church Lane, Eaton, said: 'Eaton Vale's popularity has increased significantly – we now see around 30,000 people a year, double what we were getting four years ago – so we need to expand our facilities to meet demand.'

'This new village will enable us to offer a memorable camping experience to even greater numbers.'

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