Alpaca Farm to close as owners say health reasons are behind decision to shut village attraction ahead of fifth anniversary

By Ashby Nub News Reporter

1st Dec 2022 | Local News

The Alpaca Park Farm in Snarestone. Photo: Instantstreetview.com
The Alpaca Park Farm in Snarestone. Photo: Instantstreetview.com

The Alpaca Park at Snarestone says it has made the 'devastating and heartbreaking decision' to close - just before what would have been its fifth anniversary.

Owners Tracey and James Hunt announced the move on social media this week - saying it was for health reasons after both contracted Covid during 2020.

They describe the business as eco-friendly on the company's website and invite visitors to come and 'personally greet' their Alpacas and other animals.

Also on site is a cafe and wool shop, called Knittiquip.

But they posted: "It would have been five years on December 2, but we have made the devastating and heartbreaking decision to permanently close Alpaca Park Farm and Knittiquip the wool shop.

"Both James and I have struggled with our health since contracting covid in 2020.

"Along with the economic pressures we all now face we are unable to continue.

"Thank you so much to everyone who has supported us along the rocky road.

"Those who have joined in the laughter at our evening events and the daft relationship James and I have.

"To everyone who popped in for a coffee and cake or a lovely meal with us.

"To everyone who enjoyed our lovely animal park.

"We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

"Our biggest thanks to our staff.

"They have been such a joy to know. A joy to have as friends. A joy to have had along the way.

"It has been truly wonderful.

"Our love and thanks. Tracy and James."

The couple say they are looking to rent the building and have invited anyone interested to contact them.

The wool shop is open Thursday - Saturday 9-3 for the 30 per cent closing down sale.

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