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Home > News > Have your say on a new name for Needham Lake’s café and visitor centre

Have your say on a new name for Needham Lake’s café and visitor centre

Posted by Communications on 13 October 2021 | Comments

As work continues on the development of the new café and visitor centre at Needham Lake, Mid Suffolk District Council is calling on the community to vote on its name.

Needham Lake is Mid Suffolk’s most popular free visitor attraction, attracting people to enjoy the views, exercise and get closer to nature. The new café and visitor centre will offer visitors a fantastic range of brand-new facilities including a new café with outdoor seating overlooking the playground, a flexible community events space, and a Changing Places facility with fully accessible and spacious toilets.

Local residents and businesses will be able to help select one of the following names for the new café and visitor centre:

  • Duck & Teapot
  • Quacker’s Café
  • The Swan’s Nest

Anyone wishing to help select the name for the new café and visitor centre can vote through an online poll by 31 October 2021 with the name being announced in early November.

The new café and visitor centre is due for completion by the end of the year.

Cllr Julie Flatman, Mid Suffolk District Council cabinet member for communities said:

“The new café and visitor centre will be a fantastic asset for residents and visitors so it is fitting that we call upon them to help choose a name.

“Our ambition is that the new café and visitor centre will be a wonderful addition to Needham Lake, offering a welcoming place for people to relax, meet with friends and enjoy freshly made food and a hot drink while enjoying everything the area has to offer.”

Once completed, the building will complement the surrounding natural environment and meets Mid Suffolk District Councils’ climate change ambitions with several green features including the introduction of bird boxes, solar panels, sustainable drainage, an air source heat pump and uses sustainable building materials as part of the build.

Visitors to the café will be able to enjoy a range of seasonal meals, snacks, drinks and ice-creams throughout the year from the team behind Cabbages and Kings, the popular café at The Mix in Stowmarket.

The development at Needham Lake is part of Mid Suffolk District Council’s Invest in Needham Market programme that also includes improving the connectivity between Needham Lake and the town as well as the development of new homes at the former Mid Suffolk District Council Headquarters and Middle School sites.