The Daily Telegraph Travel Section

Alpaca walking is getting ever more popular. The Daily Telegraph Travel Section featured Out and about for an Easter eggstravaganza on the 6th April 2019. Walking with alpacas,  East Sussex was highlighted! We are coming into our busiest time of year with alpaca walking here at Spring Farm Alpacas with weekends in particular getting very booked up – but we often have availability mid week. Please see our booking page for current availability and come and join us!

We are very proud to be featured in The Daily Telegraph and look forward to meeting you very soon!

The Daily Telegraph 6th April 2019 Travel Section

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Alpaca walking trainees!

Here at alpaca walking with Spring Farm Alpacas, we train all our alpacas to walk on head collars and lead ropes – its what we do and are renowned for across Europe. It is very important that all our alpacas are halter trained and not just a select few – that way, they are all chilled in our company and if (heaven forbid) we needed a vet visit, we can just load them into our purpose converted van and take them to the vet.

Our alpaca walking team is normally about 20/25 strong but with 20/30 crias (baby alpacas) born each year, we occasionally let members of the walking team go to new homes (where they are much loved) and bring in young alpacas that have passed our training course for walking alpacas! You might think we just attach a collar and lead rope…but we don’t. Using our calm and alpaca friendly teaching technique, we teach all our crias to walk happily alongside us. We are a breeder using really high quality genetics so some of our alpacas are also shown – but again its very important to us that this is not a stressful endeavour. We train our youngsters to load without fear and have mock judging so they wont be worried about going into the show ring.

So amongst the crias, to join the alpaca walking team, we select those who we think will enjoy meeting our guests and thrive on our alpaca walks. Alpacas are like us in that they all have individual characters and some want to walk more than others. Once we have a select group who like walking, we start with small walks around the garden and gradually build up their confidence by increasing the length of the walk and asking different people to walk them at different times. This process can take a few months as we are always busy and its really important that our new alpaca (and llama) recruits enjoy themselves as much as we hope you do.

So to that end, I would like to introduce you to three recruits currently under going walking training. The eagle eyed may notice that we have two llama crias in training – we are hopeful they will both make the grade so we can offer llama walking alongside alpaca walking (within the same walk).

Alpaca christmas card as santa

New alpaca Christmas cards!

We have recently added two new alpaca Christmas cards to our range. They are slightly smaller than the original cards and are A6 (A5 half fold) in size together with a premium envelope. We think they are perfect as Christmas cards and are purposely left blank inside for your own message.

We couldn’t resist dressing Gordon (not in real life) with a super cool Santa hat!

Alpaca christmas card as santa

Santa Gordon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition, and this time a real life picture taken here on the 27th February 2018, we have a stunning picture of Svetlana taken in the snow. Svetlana is an “S” year baby so was born in Summer 2017 but is very photogenic!

alpaca christmas card

Svetlana in the snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The cost of the cards is £2.50 each (including postage and packing) or 5 cards for £10 (including postage and packing).

 

 

 

 

 

Trip Alpaca walking awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018

We are very pleased to have been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the 4th year running. We really appreciate it when guests take the time to review us on Trip Advisor – or any other forms of social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+).

We take great care to ensure our guests have the best time possible whilst also ensuring that our super friendly alpacas also enjoy meeting guests and the walk themselves. Mind you, we do offer them a couple of food treats during the walk and a large handful of pre-chopped carrots at the end of the walk.

We have been alpaca walking here at Spring Farm Alpacas for 4 years and in that time, have met some amazing people. We still really enjoy meeting like minded people and getting the chance to showcase our farm and alpacas.

So a huge thank you from us and our alpacas to everyone who took the time to review us on Trip Advisor. It is much appreciated and never taken for granted.

Chris and Vicki October 2018

Trip Alpaca walking awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2018

Supreme Champion Suri Fleece

Not just cute – amazing fleece as well!

Alpacas are amazing animals. Not just great fun to walk but also produce the most amazing fleece. Here at Spring Farm Alpacas we breed both sorts of alpaca – suri and Huacaya. Suri alpacas are the “dreadlock” type and Huacaya alpacas are the “teddy bear” type.

Alpacas were originally bred by humans for their fleece and its fair to say that alpaca fibre is just amazing. Amongst other attributes, a good quality alpaca’s fibre is as soft as cashmere, comes in a wide variety of natural colours, can be worn next to the skin and is also classified as flame retardant in the US and UK.

Here at Spring Farm Alpacas, we strive to produce the very best fibre (in addition to having fun walking with our alpacas) and the results speak for themselves. We recently sent 5 fleeces to the Heart of England Fleece Show 2018 with the following results:

Saffron – Brown Champion Suri Fleece

Phoenix (one of our walkers) – Reserve Champion Black Huacaya Fleece

Persephone – 3rd place Light Suri Fleece

Roman (one of our walkers) – 2nd Place White Suri Fleece

Rumour (one of our walkers) – Champion Light Suri Fleece – SUPREME CHAMPION SURI FLEECE

We have included the pictures of the fleeces below but if you are interested in fibre as well as walking – please let us know.

Spring Farm Obelix

BAS National 2018

BAS National 2018 – Spring farm Alpacas were Gold sponsors of the BAS National 2018 at Telford through our joint venture with West Wight Alpacas – Suri Stud. The BAS National hosts 560 alpacas (and their owners) and lasts for 2 days. Chris was delighted to be asked, again, to take pictures for Alpaca World.

We took 6 suri alpacas and 2 Huacaya alpacas to Telford in our alpaca van and were over the moon with our results:

Spring Farm Roman 1st

Spring Farm Saffron 1st and Reserve Champion.

Spring Farm Sansa 5th (in Saffron’s class)

Spring Farm Obelix 1st and Reserve Champion

Spring Farm Symphony 3rd

Spring Farm Sahara 5th (in the same class as Symphony)

Spring Farm Lord Percy 3rd

Spring Farm Phoenix 6th

 

The Cutest Job in the World – The Baby Alpaca Farmer

Two years ago we had a film crew here at Spring Farm Alpacas in Sussex from VICE – and the video has just been released. Its a fabulous link to watch as great advertising for both Spring Farm Alpacas and alpacas in general.
It does however just go to show that no matter how many times we mention that alpacas are bred for their fabulous luxurious fibre, what always makes the final cut is that they have big brown eyes and are unbelievably cute as crias!
So here you go: https://video.vice.com/en_uk/video/vice-the-baby-alpaca-farmer/5a9d9250f1cdb32977776d12

Enjoy!

Llama on The One Show

A grand day out!

A grand day out!

Eron and Obelix were the stars of The One Show on Thursday 25th January 2018. We took them up to London and went on live to The One Show with Matt Baker, Angela Scanlon and Julia Bradbury. Its a tad daunting going onto live television but Obelix and Eron were about as chilled as it was possible to get – certainly more so than us!

We set off at 2:30pm and arrived at BBC Broadcasting House just before 5pm. The Show went out live at 7pm and we featured right at the end. Poor Mr Knightly and Oberon came up in the van as well but as the studio had no space to erect a pen, they had to wait outside in the van (with hay and water and a nice deep bed).

After the Show was over, Angela and Julia both came outside to see Eron and Obelix and take photos and selfies along with members of the public and other members of The One Show team. We loaded up at about 8:30pm and were home by 10:20pm. All in all, a grand day out!

A grand day out at the BBC

The boys outside BBC Broadcasting House

Chris with Eron, Angela Scanlon with Obelix at the One Show

Chris with Eron, Angela Scanlon with Obelix

Julia Bradbury with Eron at a grand day out

Julia Bradbury with Eron, Vicki with Obelix

Llama on The One Show

Eron, the llama, on The One Show

Llama and alpaca live on The One Show - a grand day out

Llama and alpaca live on The One Show

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Walk with alpacas in sussex

Perfect Christmas Presents – alpaca walking vouchers!

Alpaca walking vouchers!

With Christmas just around the corner, what better time to book alpaca walking vouchers.

We offer alpaca walking vouchers which make perfect and very unusual Christmas presents. Rather than a pair of socks (alpaca of course!) we suggest that this year you invest in alpaca walking vouchers. Our vouchers enable the lucky recipient to book an alpaca walk here at Spring Farm Alpacas. We will send out your vouchers to your address by first class post so as long as you don’t leave it to the last minute, you should have them in plenty of time before Xmas.

Autumn colours on November alpaca walk

November alpaca walk

Our alpaca walks are around our 110 acre farm situated in East Sussex – 1 mile or so from the Bluebell Railway and Sheffield Park Gardens near to the village of Fletching. We are conveniently situated for Surrey, Sussex and Kent and our nearest station (Haywards Heath) is only 45 minutes from central London by train.

Green lane alpaca trekking

Alpaca trekking through our green lane

If you would like to buy alpaca walking vouchers, please drop us an email (ideally – as we work outside 7 days a week) or call us to arrange. Each voucher to walk an alpaca costs £25 including VAT and postage. We do not put a date on our alpaca walking vouchers as we believe that if you are good enough to hand over your hard earned cash, we should honour that for as long as we are here (hopefully for a few years yet!). We can’t quite see why they should expire just because a date has changed…

A photographers dream

 

Our farm walks are through an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and our farm is in Higher Level Stewardship – so you have a good chance of seeing other native wildlife. The voucher entitles the walker to: an alpaca walk (about 50 minutes), rewarding your alpaca with carrots (supplied by us – I chop most of them !) and then a visit to meet the “mum’s and babies” group. You should allow about 2 hours in total.

We offer walks all year round, once a day and for between 2 and 10 alpacas walking. There are lots more details elsewhere on the website.

Lastly, we also offer alpaca themed cards – which can accompany your alpaca walking vouchers. Some are Winter / Christmas themed and make the perfect accompaniment to the vouchers. See the “Alpaca cards” page on this website. Here are a few Xmas options:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn colours on November alpaca walk

Autumn colours!

AUTUMN COLOURS

When you think of a good time to go alpaca walking – most people think of Spring and Summer. However, just 1 mile from us is Sheffield Park Gardens. It’s a National Trust property and the gardens were designed by Capability Brown. Its prime viewing times are Spring and Autumn. Specifically when the trees and shrubs are coming into leaf and flowering – and when the Autumn colours change the hues of the leaves…so October and November.

Here at Alpaca Walking with Spring Farm Alpacas, we are next door to Sheffield Park Gardens on one side. I can’t pretend our farm was laid out by Capability Brown, but its fair to say that walking alpacas at this time of year can be a stunning experience.

Autumn colours on November alpaca walk

November alpaca walk

Autumn colours on November alpaca walk

November alpaca walk

The trees and bushes on our walk are entirely natural English species. We are in Higher Level Stewardship so we don’t use fertilisers or pesticides – so you are seeing Mother Nature in her finest Autumn colours.

As the leaves drop and we head into Winter, your insight into the other wildlife on the farm becomes clearer. It may be chilly but the wild deer and buzzards become much easier to see. We are open all year round and whilst Autumn colours might be relatively fleeting, alpaca walking is a great all year round activity. You may just want to book up 4 walks three months apart to get the best possible experience!!

Autumn colours on November alpaca walk

November alpaca walk

Autumn colours on November alpaca walk

November alpaca walk