The refreshments kiosk which has kept visitors fed and watered for more than 40 years at one of Staffordshire’s biggest parks has been given a temporary reprieve.

The family-run business, which is operated by Kevan and Christine Simcock, opens every day at Stafford‘s Victoria Park from Spring through to autumn.  But it is having to close because of £2.5 million restoration works at the historic park.  The £2.5 million project for the town’s Victoria Park has received funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund and will include restoring key historical features – such as the bandstand and Mottram Shelter – as well as an improved aviary and enhanced catering facility. The work is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

The Stafford couple hosted a party on Sunday, complete with music, free sandwiches, cakes and ice creams following the good news that the kiosk’s will now remain open until 1 April 2019.

Stafford FM went along to catch up Kevan Simcock on Sunday and enjoy the festivities, you can hear a full interview with Kevan on ‘Stafford On Saturday this week from 11am.

More information on the plans for the parks restoration can be found at

To take the virtual tour go to

photos courtesy of Paul Milgate-Scarrott