CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 6/6/20 to 19/6/20

Here at Spring Farm Alpacas we have to think of the safety of you, our guests, and our staff. We have taken the difficult decision to cancel all alpaca walking during this lockdown period and until the 19th of June at the earliest. Even if we were to get the go ahead at the next briefing, we will need a few days to reorganise the way we do things – and safety is paramount. We realise this will be very upsetting for anyone who has booked a walk over that period. However, we have to think safety first. We have noted advice from the Government and the British Alpaca Society in relation to the coronavirus outbreak.

We will be constantly monitoring the situation with regards to future walks and making sure we do everything possible to ensure your safety when we get the green light to reopen. If you have booked walks up to the 19th of June, we have sent you vouchers so you can rebook when “things get back to normal” subject to availability. Please check your inbox – and contact us if you haven’t received an email. Please be aware that we don’t date our vouchers. So as long as we are here – they are valid.

You may be concerned about the welfare of our walking alpacas. You can rest assured that we will continue to look after them all with our usual care and attention. We aim to use this time (without being able to offer walks) to good end. Vicki hopes to finish halter training the 2019 born crias (baby alpacas) so the walking team may well see new entrants! We have had six new babies so far for 2020 with another 17 on the way. You can follow the births on our Instagram page: springfarmalpacas

These are difficult times for us all but you can rest assured your health is paramount to us. We will keep the diary open for future bookings after the 19th of June 2020. In the event of continuing restrictions after the 19th of June, we will continue on the same basis and issue undated credit vouchers. 

Once again, we are very sorry to have to cancel walks. We know that alpaca walking is great fun – but we have to think of your welfare first and foremost. 

Vicki and Chris Agar, Spring Farm Alpacas and Alpaca Walking.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 18/5/20 – 5/6/20

Here at Spring Farm Alpacas we have to think of the safety of you, our guests, and our staff. We have taken the difficult decision to cancel all alpaca walking during this lockdown period and until the 5th of June at the earliest. Even if we were to get the go ahead at the next briefing, we will need a few days to reorganise the way we do things – and safety is paramount. We realise this will be very upsetting for anyone who has booked a walk over that period. However, we have to think safety first. We have noted advice from the Government and the British Alpaca Society in relation to the coronavirus outbreak. The latest government advice is that people should “avoid gatherings of more than two”. 

We will be constantly monitoring the situation with regards to future walks. If you have booked walks up to the 5th of June, we have sent you vouchers so you can rebook when “things get back to normal” subject to availability. Please check your inbox – and contact us if you haven’t received an email. Please be aware that we don’t date our vouchers. So as long as we are here – they are valid.

You may be concerned about the welfare of our walking alpacas. You can rest assured that we will continue to look after them all with our usual care and attention. We aim to use this time (without being able to offer walks) to good end. Vicki hopes to finish halter training the 2019 born crias (baby alpacas) so the walking team may well see new entrants! We have had three new babies so far for 2020 with another 20 on the way. You can follow the births on our Instagram page: springfarmalpacas

These are difficult times for us all but you can rest assured your health is paramount to us. We will keep the diary open for future bookings after the 5th of June 2020. In the event of continuing restrictions after the 5th of June, we will continue on the same basis and issue undated credit vouchers. 

Once again, we are very sorry to have to cancel walks. We know that alpaca walking is great fun – but we have to think of your welfare first and foremost. 

Stay safe and well,

Vicki and Chris Agar, Spring Farm Alpacas and Alpaca Walking.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 6/5/2020

Here at Spring Farm Alpacas we have to think of the safety of you, our guests, and our staff. We have taken the difficult decision to cancel all alpaca walking during this lockdown period until the 23rd May. We realise this will be very upsetting for anyone who has booked a walk over that period. However, we have to think safety first. We have noted advice from the Government and the British Alpaca Society in relation to the coronavirus outbreak. The latest government advice is that “people should avoid non-essential travel” and “avoid gatherings”. We hope to get further guidance in the next few days…

We will be constantly monitoring the situation with regards to future walks. If you have booked walks up to the 22nd May, we have today sent you an email with a voucher attached. This so the recipient can rebook when “things get back to normal” subject to availability. Please be aware that we don’t date our vouchers. So as long as we are here – they are valid.

You may be concerned about the welfare of our walking alpacas. You can rest assured that we will continue to look after them all with our usual care and attention. Vicki and I have been using this time (without being able to offer walks) to good end. We will finish the halter training the 2019 born crias (baby alpacas) so the walking team may well see new entrants! We have had one new baby so far for 2020 with another 22 on the way.

Meet Apollo! First cria of 2020 to Saffron.

You can follow the births on our Instagram page: springfarmalpacas

These are difficult times for us all but you can rest assured your health is paramount to us. We will keep the diary open for future bookings after 23rd May 2020. In the event of continuing restrictions after the 23rd, we will continue on the same basis and issue undated credit vouchers. 

Once again, we are very sorry to have to do this as we know that alpaca walking is great fun but we have to think of your welfare first and foremost. 

Stay safe and well,

Vicki and Chris Agar, Spring Farm Alpacas and Alpaca Walking.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – ALPACA WALKS DEFERRED

CORONAVIRUS – ALPACA WALKS DEFERRED

Here at Spring Farm Alpacas we have to think of the safety of our guests and staff. We have taken the difficult decision to cancel all alpaca walking for March, April and up to the 7th May 2020. We realise this will be very upsetting for anyone who has booked a walk over that period. However, we have to think safety first. We have noted advice from the Government and the British Alpaca Society in relation to the coronavirus outbreak.

We will be constantly monitoring the situation with regards to future walks. Those that have booked walks between lockdown in March and the 7th May have been sent a voucher mirroring their booking so they can rebook when “things get back to normal” subject to availability. Recipients will be pleased to hear that we don’t date our vouchers so as long as we are here – they are valid.

You may be concerned about the welfare of our walking alpacas but you can rest assured that we will continue to look after them all with our usual care and attention. We aim to use this time (without being able to offer walks) to good end. We have been halter training the 2019 born crias and are very pleased with the results. Both the baby girls and baby boys are doing really well. You never know, the walking team may see new entrants!

The weather has been just mad. At the outset of the pandemic we were up to our ankles in mud. Since March, we haven’t seen a drop of rain and the mud has turned to virtual concrete. Hopefully we will see some rain soon or the 2020 hay crop will be very thin!

We are now only a month away from our first births. We are expecting 22 baby alpacas and one baby llama between May and the end of July. So, its a very exciting time – we just hope you will soon be able to join us!

These are difficult times for us all but you can rest assured your health is paramount to us. We will keep the diary open for future bookings after the 7th May 2020 and keep you in touch of any changes. In the event of continuing restrictions after the 7th May, we will continue on the same basis and issue undated credit vouchers.

Vicki and Chris Agar, Spring Farm Alpacas and Alpaca Walking.

Social distancing

Coronavirus update

Never in our wildest dreams did I think I would be writing this entry to our alpaca walking website! Since mid March, we have closed down our alpaca walking business (until the beginning of May at the earliest) and our alpaca holiday letting business (The Lodge at Spring Farm Alpacas). I know that we are doing the right thing for our health and yours. But its still a bit surreal.

Just before we closed the farm, the weather had been terrible with seemingly constant storms and rain. What a difference three weeks makes! As I type, the sun is streaming through the window and we haven’t seen a drop of rain in that 3 weeks. The fields have gone from mud to baked clay in that time and now we are scanning the forecast for possible rain. This so the grass will grow and we get hay in the Summer.

So what are we doing whilst everyone else is staying at home and self isolating? Well, in short, life on a farm continues much as before – without guests. In the fields, wild flowers are responding to the sunshine and longer hours of daylight. The absence of aircraft noise seems to make the birdsong even more beautiful. We await our Summer visitors with baited breath. Especially this year as we have installed swift boxes and a calling system to entice them to Spring Farm. Swallows are expected any day now and we have a bottle of champagne in the fridge to celebrate when they arrive!

As for the alpacas, we have 22 baby alpacas and 1 baby llama due in 2020. The first baby is due on 15th May so we now have a birthing group who live close to the farm. This so we can keep a close eye on them at all times.

Halter training of the 2019 babies is well advanced and we are able to concentrate on that in the absence of walks. We have also started doing llama agility training and over the next few weeks will be well advanced with our husbandry.

Obviously we would like to be able to offer alpaca walks. It’s gutting not to be able to do so in this glorious weather. We do however try and post daily images on out Instagram page (springfarmalpacas). So if you are stuck indoors – please check that out!

In the meantime, please stay safe and we hope to be back up and running as soon as possible.

Best wishes,

Chris and Vicki and all the team at Spring Farm Alpacas

CORONAVIRUS – ALPACA WALKS DEFERRED

Here at Spring Farm Alpacas we have to think of the safety of our guests and staff. We have taken the difficult decision to cancel all alpaca walking for the rest of March and all of April 2020. We realise this will be very upsetting for anyone who has booked a walk over that period. However, we have to think safety first. We have noted advice from the Government and the British Alpaca Society in relation to the coronavirus outbreak. The latest government advice is that “people should avoid non-essential travel” and “avoid gatherings”.

We will be constantly monitoring the situation with regards to future walks. Those that have booked walks during the rest of March and April will receive a voucher so they can rebook when “things get back to normal” subject to availability. Recipients will be pleased to hear that we don’t date our vouchers so as long as we are here – they are valid.

You may be concerned about the welfare of our walking alpacas but you can rest assured that we will continue to look after them all with the usual care and attention. We aim to use this time (without being able to offer walks) to good end. We will be halter training the 2019 born crias so the walking team may well see new entrants!

These are difficult times for us all but you can rest assured your health is paramount to us. We will keep the diary open for future bookings after April 2020 and keep you in touch of any changes. In the event of continuing restrictions after April, we will continue on the same basis and issue undated credit vouchers.

Vicki and Chris Agar, Spring Farm Alpacas and Alpaca Walking.

ALPACA CHRISTMAS CARDS

We have just added 4 new alpaca Christmas cards which are listed in full with all our others on the Alpaca Cards page. But we just thought we would highlight these two. The Merry Christmas alpaca card was taken here at Spring Farm Alpacas on the 27th February in Wigan’s field during a light snowstorm!

Alpaca Christmas card
Merry Christmas

The one below was taken here at Spring Farm on the 27th February 2018. It’s of Svetlana when she was 8 months old. Both of the cards are available – either drop us an email or see our Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/SpringFarmAlpacas?ref=shop_sugg

Or better still, buy the cards and an alpaca walking voucher from us here at Spring Farm for an unforgettable present this Christmas. Please email us for details.

Alpaca xmas card
Svetlana in the snow

Lovely review

You may have seen that we get reviewed quite regularly on TripAdvisor and Google. We are always very pleased if our walking guests take the time to review us.

Yesterday, we received an email from one of our guests who came alpaca walking at the weekend. Vicki and I were so moved by the email that we asked if we could quote from it. So firstly, many thanks to James McNair for emailing us but secondly for allowing us to reproduce such a lovely, eloquent testimonial!

James mentioned that he was toying with the idea of renting The Lodge (our holiday let) so we hope to be able to welcome James and Katherine back here in the future as well!

Thanks for a great experience. Whilst planning my three day celebration of Katherine’s 50th birthday I always felt in the back of my mind that the alpaca walk would be the one thing that would make her eyes light up and I’m pleased to discover that I was right (so you can officially declare your alpacas to be better than a helipcopter ride over London, a West End play, a Michelin Star restaurant and Kew Gardens!).

Hall of Fame!

We started alpaca walking here at Spring Farm Alpacas just over 5 years ago. Since then, we have been awarded Certificates of Excellence for each of the last 5 years. We have entered the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame as a result of the 5 consecutive years Certificate of Excellence.

It would be fair to say that we couldn’t offer alpaca walking without our amazing, beautifully trained alpacas. So in large part this award is for them! However, training and interacting with alpacas is entirely down to Vicki and our amazing staff. So to that end, this award is for: Vicki, Millie, Coral, Danielle, Jo, Izzy, Izzy, Kaitlyn and everyone else who has helped us along the way.

Alpaca walking is great fun for all and we hope to be able to offer it for many years to come. Hopefully, we may deserve “Certificates of Excellence” in future years. Please review us on TripAdvisor or Google or wherever after you have had a chance to visit us and our alpaca walking team!

Come and visit on an open day
Alpacas can be this friendly!

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