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.

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.

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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.

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.