Atlantis Adventure Park in Bideford has announced it will be closing at the end of the month.

The indoor play area will cease trading on October 31 after Affinity Devon (formerly Atlantic Village) terminated the lease.

The indoor play area at Affinity Devon will be closing its doors on October 31, after 16 years at the shopping centre site.

Director Rick Turner announced the closure on Facebook on Monday, and said the decision was 'out of his control'. Affinity Devon said the decision was 'mutually agreed'.

Mr Turner said: "It is with much regret that I have to tell you that the new owners of Affinity Devon (formally Atlantic Village) have decided that their vision for the future of their site does not include Atlantis or the Kids Cove indoor play.

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    Atlantic Village Photograph - Richard Austin Tel: 07831-566005

"They want for us to close the site completely at the end of October, and our last trading day will be the end of October 31.

"We will be moving many of the attractions down to our sister park The BIG Sheep and with the new biomass heating system we have installed last year we intend to move all the daily classes to this site and open daily for us to retain a high quality venue for small children and their parents in Bideford.

"I would like to thank you for all your loyalty and support over the past years and I am hugely disappointed that we are not continuing with what is an excellent and hugely popular indoor play zone and attraction.

"Unfortunately, it is now out of my control and our lease has been terminated.

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"We will do our utmost to transfer party bookings and will be contacting everyone concerned as soon as possible."

Mr Turner said he hoped to move the popular pre-school classes to The Big Sheep and developing more pre-school attractions there.

He confirmed staff were in discussions and could not comment on any possible redundancies at this stage.

"There was an amazing team at Atlantis and we are hugely sad that this team will be broken up, however some of them will be able to join our flock at The Big Sheep to help with our preschool ideas and plans," he added.

It comes just weeks after the M&S Outlet at Affinity Devon announced it would be closing, most likely in the new year.

Jean Sharples, centre manager at Affinity Devon, said: "This mutually-agreed decision is a positive move forward for the shopping centre as we plan the regeneration of our children's facilities, along with many new and exciting family-focused offerings for the site including new stores and restaurants which will open from early 2019.

"Affinity Devon is committed to providing a family-friendly environment for the community with more free-to-use services on offer.

"We would like to thank all the staff and customers of Atlantis over the years and look forward to announcing the new developments in full, from November."