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Fancy a cuppa? historic tea rooms set to re-open at Wythenshawe Park

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The historic courtyard cafe at Wythenshawe Park is set to open its doors again after a two-year closure, while long-term funding options were explored.

The tearooms – which closed temporarily while a sustainable plan was made for their  future – will now be operated by social enterprise group Sport 4 Life.

They will officially re-open on the first day of the Wythenshawe Games – the town’s Olympic-inspired festival of sport and culture which started last year and involved more than 10,000 residents.

As part of the celebrations on Sunday July 28 and as a link to the cultural programme attached to the Wythenshawe Games, there will be a costumed re-enactment of the English Civil War showing life and battle in the seventeenth century.

Councillor Rosa Battle, executive member for Culture and Leisure at Manchester City Council, said: “The tearooms have been an iconic part of Wythenshawe Park and a much-loved venue for residents and visitors to the area. It has taken patience and determination to find a long-term, sustainable option – but it has been worth the wait. Sport 4 Life are known for their quality catering services during sporting events – so it’s apt that the tearooms relaunch coincides with The Wythenshawe Games.”

The Wythenshawe Games run from Saturday July 27 – Saturday August 3.  Sports include traditional running, football and tennis sessions, to the more unusual like archery, dodgeball and korfball. Special events include an over 50s day, an under 5s day and a pan disability ‘sport for all’ day.

The Games have been organised via a public sector collaboration including Manchester City Council, Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, The Manchester United Foundation, Wythenshawe Hospital, The Manchester College and Wythenshawe Forum Trust.

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