New ‘50s themed ice-cream parlour and children’s soft play centre

Published Monday, 2nd November 2015
Mayor launches new ice cream parlour
Mayor of Rotherham Councillor Maggi Clark joins staff to officially open the new ice-cream parlour and children’s soft play centre

Visitors to Thrybergh County Park are invited to step back in time and swing by its newly-opened ‘50s themed ice-cream parlour and children’s soft play centre.

Walking into Tutti-Frutti is like stepping into a time machine; bubble gum colours adorning the walls, music from the '50s, and a choice of old-fashioned ice cream.

Go old school with ice cream staples like vanilla and chocolate or pick from high-falutin' flavours like bubble gum, candy floss, or Christmas cake which are rotated to suit the seasons. 

Little ones can peek expectantly over the 50s-style counter standing on a specially-made chrome bar and watch their ice creams being made by barista trained staff. 

Pile 'em high on a cone, or push the boat out with a decadent knickerbocker glory or banana split. The parlour has all manner of homemade sauces and sprinkles that’ll tickle your taste buds!

Set amidst the gorgeous backdrop of the park, let the weather do its worst whilst you seek shelter in the pretty awesome parlour with a hot chocolate warmer or choose from a selection of barista-style coffees from locally based Heavenly Coffee Company. Plus there’s a lip-smacking choice of freshly-made milkshakes with real fruit.

An under-8s children’s soft play area means that you can sit and enjoy your coffee whilst keeping an eye on your little ones having fun in their own play space.

Heated in the winter, and air-conditioned in the summer, the parlour is a year-round attraction for families and visitors to the park. Folks patronising the parlour will delight at the chrome plated tables and chairs and 1950s theming; a scene very reminiscent of Lou’s Diner in Back to the Future.

Folding glass doors stretch the length of the diner providing excellent all year-round views of the lake, whilst natural landscaping, including terraced area with outdoor seating, provides welcome shade in the summer months and shelter on crisp, winter days. 

A new welcome addition to the park is the water promenade area which has been upgraded to make it more family-friendly, allowing visitors to feed the ducks and swans with specially-made nutritious bird food available to purchase on site. 

Advisory Cabinet Member with responsibility for leisure services Cllr David Roche said: "We are very lucky in Rotherham to have a number of parks which are well-maintained and well-managed with excellent facilities and this impressive development is the latest addition in our ongoing efforts to develop the borough’s offerings. 

“The park is ideal choice for a family outing; set in the wonderful surroundings of Thrybergh where visitors are drawn by the beautiful countryside, with an on-site café, picnic areas, children’s play area, woodlands, and pleasant lakeside walk, I have no doubt the parlour will be a hugely popular addition to the attractions already on site.”

If you’re heading to the park and haven’t eaten, breakfast and dinner are also available in the park’s popular Lakeside Café, where you can relax in the conservatory or take a seat outside while you enjoy your homemade food. Serving breakfast, daily specials and children’s menu, the café is open all year round from 9.30am to 4.45pm in the summer and 9.30am to 3.45pm in the winter.

Parlour opening times are 10am to 4.45pm in winter and 9.30am to 6pm in summer.

Parking costs £1.50.