Opening date set for new £2.4m retail village at Belvoir Castle

The launch date for a new retail village at Belvoir Castle near Grantham has been set.

Nearly all the units have now been taken at The Engine Yard, which will launch on Friday, May 4, with The Idle Mole plant centre opening from late March ahead of the Easter weekend.

The Engine Yard, which is situated opposite the entrance of Belvoir Castle, is being created from a cluster of 19th century buildings originally used to house maintenance workshops that serviced the castle and other properties on the 15,000 acre Belvoir Estate and a pump that powered spring water up to the castle.

Through a £2.4 million investment, these historic buildings are being converted into 12,000 square feet of retail outlets.

Photo: The Engine Yard Village

The Engine Yard will include:

  • A café/restaurant with event space above
  • Beauty centre
  • Butchery
  • Farm shop
  • The Duchess’ Gallery – which will sell clothing, accessories and gifts, all created by young entrepreneurs from the region and well-known British brands that are not already available in the area

The Engine Yard will host a programme of events throughout the year, such as ‘foodie talks’ and cookery demonstrations in the first-floor space above the café, which will host themed pop-up dinners.

There will also be open-air barbecues in summer, farmers’ markets, craft fairs, activity experiences for children, and dog-friendly weekends organised by leading demonstrators and dog behaviourists.


The Engine Yard is the brainchild of the Duchess of Rutland, CEO of Belvoir Castle, who said; “The Engine Yard represents a new direction for us and one that I hope will be fully embraced by local residents and visitors to the area.”