Lappa Valley's new £1.2m cafe and play area

Friday 10th May, 2019

Lappa Valley Steam Railway are delighted to announce that they will be constructing a new £1.2m building on the fun park site, creating a brand-new café and indoor soft play area at the much-loved family visitor attraction.

The Engine Shed, a 7,000 square foot new building, will contain a large coffee shop and café overlooking the picturesque boating lake, with a substantial soft play area where young children can play safely. There will also be an outdoor park area, as well a beautiful decking to enjoy coffee and lunch outdoors.

The building will also allow the Lappa team an indoor space to run activities and workshops throughout the year and will see Lappa Valley opening year-round when they open for the 2020 season.

Planning permission was granted in February 2019 and, following some trial digs in the area in April, work will begin in earnest in coming weeks. The building work will commence during 2019, with The Engine Shed opening to the public in 2020.

Keith Southwell, owner at Lappa Valley Steam Railway, said: “This is a really exciting time for the whole team at Lappa Valley. The Engine Shed will provide a place for parents to refuel and for children to let off steam.

“Here at Lappa, we’ve always been at the mercy of the great Cornish weather – but this building will give us an indoor space for families to enjoy as well as all of our great outdoor fun. We are looking forward to running classes, workshops and activities in The Engine Shed too, which is a new departure for us. We can’t wait to open the new building next year, and we hope all our visitors will love it too!”

The current Whistle Stop Café will be transformed into a retro-style ice cream parlour, while the Carriage Café, a former full size railway  carriage converted into a café, will offer sandwiches and afternoon teas, as well as the traditional Cornish cream tea.

A project manager has been appointed to oversee the smooth running of the project.

Lappa Valley Steam Railway offers a steam railway ride into a family attraction – with a boating lake, crazy golf, play areas and two more railways lines, we’re the best place in Cornwall for families of under 10s. For more information, please visit


Lappa Valley's new £1.2m cafe and play area

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