What is an Alpaca?
From South America form of camel often mistaken for a LLama https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alpaca is the full explanation.
So yesterday I was invited along to meet the four boys Reggie, Claude, Persia,Maui and Josie the founder of Longridge Alpacas . These boys are only 18 months old and what a delightful bunch they are. Josie informed me that they are undergoing training and that they are an intelligent species. Set in a rural location these boys have 3 acres of fields to play and enjoy and shelter if the weather turns. As well as feeding and petting them you can also book to walk the Alpacas this must be booked in advanced.
I had the privilege of feeding them, they took their treats so gently from the palm of my hands. Families with young children would love this experience and i would definitely recommend for you to book in advance. The boys have a lovely thick coat which is sheared and then spun ready to make scarves and other items. Josie was very welcoming and informative and she clearly loves and adores her boys.
On the meet and greet you prepare the food, give it to them and also make up their beds for the evening.
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The Meet and Greet experience is only £5 per person for a 1 hour visit with a hot/cold drink again booking is advised. The link is here https://www.longridgealpacas.com/.
This experience is a must its a lovely thing to do and very reasonable it is also located less than 10 minutes from The Shippon. I hope you enjoy it as much as i have. Thank you again to Josie and her 4 boys.