Prudhoe Heritage Centre & Cafe Opens

The cafe at Tyne Riverside Country Park in Low Prudhoe has been officially re-opened, with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Tyne Riverside Cafe and Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre, PrudhoeThe building, which was built in the 19th century and has had a variety of uses, had been vacant since being damaged in the 2015 floods.  It has been fully refurbished with a new kitchen, servery and furniture, and interpretive displays which we have funded.

Northumberland County Council awarded the lease to operate the cafe and visitor centre to local company the St Camillus Group (SCG), who provide job coaching and education to young people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions.

SCG support young people to learn in live work environments, which are also commercial businesses with customers, and employment opportunities. They were also recently awarded a North East Equality Award for ‘Organisations Supporting People with Disabilities’ for the second consecutive year.

As a company overall, they employ 26 people with a disability or enduring mental health condition. The Riverside Café will be overseen by Holly Kelleher, Head of Learning and Business Development for St Camillus Group, who is also a Prudhoe resident and the parent of a young adult with autism.

Tyne Riverside Cafe and Land of Oak & Iron Heritage Centre, PrudhoeOur Chairperson John Rundle said, “Prudhoe is one of the gateways to all that the Land of Oak & Iron has to offer. Steeped with history, heritage and natural habitats to explore, the area offers something for everyone. It’s fantastic that the cafe at Tyne Riverside Country Park is now open, and I’m sure it’ll provide the perfect opportunity for people to relax after or fuel up before a full and exciting day of exploring the area.”

Councillor Glen Sanderson, Cabinet Member for Environment and Local Services, said: “Across the county we’re working to improve the offer at our country parks, while maintaining what’s special about them in the first place.

“I’m delighted the cafe and visitor centre are proving a success and are being well used by visitors and the local community.”