Jolly Conkerer attraction unveiled at Oaksmere Hotel in Brome

The Jolly Conkerer at The Oaksmere, Brome. ANL-150804-151607001
The Jolly Conkerer at The Oaksmere, Brome. ANL-150804-151607001

A brand new attraction at a popular north Suffolk hotel and restaurant was unveiled on Good Friday.

Built around a conker tree, the pirate ship, which features a scramble net, rope swings, cannons and a picnic area, was unveiled at The Oaksmere in Rectory Road, Brome.

Oaksmere owner Fraser Duffin with competition winner Camden Coleman. ANL-150804-151618001

Oaksmere owner Fraser Duffin with competition winner Camden Coleman. ANL-150804-151618001

A competition to name the ship, which attracted dozens of entries, was won by eight-year-old Camden Coleman, of Diss, for his suggestion ‘The Jolly Conkerer’.

Dragon and serpent heads have also been carved into the branches of the tree by Tim Page, of Wildside Chainsaw Sculpture.

Oaksmere owner Fraser Duffin praised the “fantastic” work of Kevin Pegran and Derek Taylor, who built the ship over a two month period.

“We just wanted something that would be fun for children to play on whilst their parents enjoyed themselves,” he said.

“We thought the tree looked fantastic. We thought about a tree house, but with a pond nearby we thought, ‘why not a tree boat?’

“People did not expect to see it here. We had lots of positive feedback.”

Following the unveiling, an Easter Egg hunt was held.

It is thought around 200 people visited on the day.

For more information on The Oaksmere, visit www.theoaksmere.com or call 01379 873940.