Crowds ‘gallop’ to latest Helix Park attraction

Crowds have flocked to the new cafe at the Kelpies
Crowds have flocked to the new cafe at the Kelpies

The latest addition to the fabulous Helix Park has opened to the public.

Visitors now have the Horsebox Cafe and Gift Shop to enjoy – the first retail outlet at the £43 million attraction operated by Scottish Canals.

And, like everything else on the 350-hectare site between Falkirk and Grangemouth which has been transformed from a gap site into a fabulous parkland, it looks very impressive.

Offering everything from sandwiches to souvenirs, The Horsebox, which sits in the shadows of the majestic Kelpies, has already proved incredibly popular with visitors. On its first two days of business last weekend visitors snapped up more than 1500 ice cream cones!

Cara Baillie, products and services manager with Scottish Canals, said: “The Kelpies are Scotland’s newest cultural icons and have captured the imagination of the public worldwide. They are already an incredibly popular destination for tourists and now, with the launch of The Horsebox, we’re helping to enhance their experience by offering souvenirs and gifts and a menu that features freshly made, healthy and locally sourced food to enjoy during their stay. The response from the public in the first week has been fantastic. It’s been incredibly busy, but very exciting!”

As well as a wide choice of food, drink and the ice cream provided by Falkirk parlour The Milk Barn, there are quality goods which will remind everyone of the enjoyable day they have spent in the park, including items in Scottish Canals’ bespoke tweed and prints of historic canal maps and plans.

All profits generated by The Horsebox will be reinvested in the canal network to safeguard the rich heritage for future generations.

Sitting directly behind the world’s largest pair of equine sculptures, the design of The Horsebox is ‘furlongs’ away from that of the average eatery.

Clad in charred Scottish larch and featuring a striking angular roof, the building created by Oliver Chapman Architects is an evolution of the design of the camping bothies which will soon be seen gracing the banks of the Caledonian Canal.