Thirsk animal park’s future secured by £1.85m purchase

A popular family visitor attraction near Thirsk has re-launched to the public after being taken over by new owners.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021, 4:45 pm
Tim Brierley, left, and Phil Brierley of York Forty Four Ltd are pictured at Monk Park Farm near Thirsk, the business they have bought for £1.85m with advice from property lawyer Yasmin Fenton of Andrew Jackson Solicitors.

Monk Park Farm has been acquired for £1.85m by York Forty Four Ltd, a Boroughbridge-based company that operates a portfolio of North Yorkshire retirement and holiday parks under the trading name of York House Leisure.

The purchase has secured the future of the 85-acre animal park at Bagby, which was welcoming up to 50,000 visitors a year but was forced to close during the Covid-19 pandemic. It has now re-launched with a new look following investment in a programme of improvements.

Phil Brierley, a director at York Forty Four, said their experience within the leisure industry meant that Monk Park Farm was a great fit for the company.

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He said: “In many ways, the elements that make our holiday and residential parks such a success equally apply to a visitor attraction like Monk Park Farm.

“We’ll be using our knowledge of the tourist market in North Yorkshire and our expertise in providing a great experience for our holiday home owners to ensure that visitors to Monk Park Farm have a fantastic day out.”

York Forty Four was advised by a legal team from Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP, led by property lawyer Yasmin Fenton, who was supported by Jon Croft in the corporate team.