The family owners of the Llama Park at Wych Cross have announced its closure.
They said the decision was made with a heavy heart due to the impacts of Covid-19 on the business over the last year and the sudden death of owner Bobby Schuck in March.
Bobby and his wife Sue Barrow took over the Llama Park eight years ago with their daughter Lily increasingly involved.
They gave the tourist attraction a new look about four years ago, changing the layout and bringing the restaurant and coffee shop into an old barn previously part of a shop.
They built a new entrance into a new reception area and shop, and they made the most of function rooms with the Llama Park a popular venue for weddings, fairs, and evening events with music, and dancing.
There was a children’s play and picnic area and visitors enjoyed walking the llamas and meeting alpacas and reindeer too.
The reindeer added to the atmosphere at Christmas when Santa set up home in a grotto, and a nativity scene was created in one of the stables.
The family brought more animals into the mix over time adding horses, donkeys, Shetland ponies, pigs, sheep, goats, and birds, including ducks, turkeys, geese, chickens, peacocks, and guinea fowl.
The family had hoped to reopen the park in the middle of May ready for the summer but then made the “very difficult decision” to shut down.
They said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank you, our customers and friends, for the very joyous and fun-filled eight years that our family has had at the park. We also thank our incredible Llama Park team who have supported us through thick and thin, and whole we love, from the bottom of our hearts.”