Aylsham Fun Barns are up for sale

The reins of the horses, donkeys and pigmy goats at a north Norfolk tourist attraction are set to be handed over to someone new as its owners look to sell up.

The reins of the horses, donkeys and pigmy goats at a north Norfolk tourist attraction are set to be handed over to someone new as its owners look to sell up.

Aylsham Fun Barns is on the market after founders Alan and Amanda Davis decided it was time to wind down and bring in some fresh blood to help the business reach its full potential.

The couple opened the attraction - which includes a play barn, caf�, outdoor adventure playground, cart track and petting centre - in July 2006 after converting some disused cattle barns.

Since then it has become a popular destination for families looking for something to do during school holidays.

But while 24,000 people visited the barns in 2007/08, producing an annual turnover of around �124,000, the owners have decided that, after more than four years with only three days' holiday and not a single lie-in, it is time to walk away.

Mr Davis, 58, said: 'We are at the stage where we think someone with a little more vision and more capital needs to take on the business and turn in into a major attraction in the area.'

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The former teacher said he saw great potential in the business for a young couple wanting to develop it. 'There are things we would have liked to have done, had we had the time or the capital,' he said. 'For example, we have got people coming through the doors but we don't have a proper restaurant. They could provide nice Sunday lunches or even an evening venue.'

Tim Stephens, director of Humberts estate agents, said, while he understood people were nervous about parting with their money at the moment, he saw the fun barns as a great investment - which had already stirred up a lot of interest.

He said: 'It's very difficult to say anything is particularly safe at the moment but we have noticed a marked interest in property.

'It's a wonderful opportunity. It's an opportunity to generate income and the location is excellent.'

The agents are looking for offers in the region of �350,000 for the 5.4-acre site and the sale will include the animals and play equipment like the giant bouncy castle, ride-on cars, tractors and diggers, and giant foam blocks.

Mr Davis plans to return to teaching and do 'the jobs I promised to do five years ago', like renovating his farm house which is next to the barns.

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