Want to spend some time with one of the fluffiest animals in the country? Alpacas are universally loved, and alpaca experiences of all kinds have spread across England just like the rest of the globe. If you want to meet these cute creatures, here are some of the best alpaca experiences in England…
No one can resist that toothy grin and fluffy hair do. Alpacas have become one of the most popular animals around due to their adorable faces, calm nature and curiosity around humans. While they are often kept for their wool, many farms also offer a range of alpaca experiences where the public can go meet these lovely animals, feed them, interact with them, and feel their soft wool for themselves.
Of course every animal has its own temperament, but alpacas are notoriously friendly and inquisitive, which makes them great animals for young children to meet. And it’s not just kids who love these cuddly llama look-a-likes, so you’ll find plenty of experiences around the country to suit all ages.
Whether you’re into alpaca walking as a pastime, or you just want to say hello to one for the first time, here are the best alpaca experiences in England to choose from.
The 7 Best Alpaca Experiences in England
Get ready for some serious cuteness…
1. Walk with alpacas in London
If you’re looking for some of the best alpaca walking London has in store, London Alpaca Farm is pretty much what it says on the tin. This London-based farm featuring primarily alpacas is located near Epping Forest, and not far from Loughton, Waltham Abbey, Chigwell and Waltham Forest. They are dedicated to taking proper care of their gorgeous alpacas, and they offer the chance to go visit them if you’re in the area.
At the London Alpaca Farm you can go meet and feed their herd of alpacas, and learn lots about them from the enthusiastic keepers. With names like Mooncake, Artemis, Marsh Mellow and Mochi, it’s almost impossible not to fall in love with these amazing alpacas, so we’d say this is certainly one of the best alpaca experiences in England.
They like to avoid interrupting the alpacas grazing time by not oversubscribing on visitors, so they ask that everyone pre-book their visit ahead of time — you can book on their website.
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2. Have tea with alpacas in East Sussex
This experience takes place at Fisherwood Farm in East Sussex, where you can tuck in to delicious food while surrounded by tranquil nature and, of course, alpacas. Their afternoon tea experience lets you spend quality time with their alpacas and rare breed miniature sheep, which puts it firmly on our list of the best alpaca experiences in England.
They only invite small groups (up to six including kids) and booking is essential, because they like to keep their space quiet and peaceful for the animals. The alpacas at Fisherwood Farm are super friendly, so you can enjoy your afternoon tea and help them have theirs too (although they prefer their own food, not scones…).
You’ll enjoy your tea in the meadow (magical or what?) surrounded by the alpacas, or if the weather isn’t great they have a cosy cabin instead.
If you’re feeling a little run down lately, you’ll be pleased to know they also offer mindfulness and wellbeing sessions with alpacas. You can book their sessions through the Fisherwood Farm website.
3. Trek through the forest with alpacas in Hastings
If you’re looking for the best alpaca farm Hastings has to offer, Northiam Alpacas is the place. Located near gorgeous woodland and fields with wood anemones and bluebells galore (at the right time of year), and the possibility of seeing deer, too. If you don’t, that’s OK, because the Northiam alpacas will keep you entertained.
You can take a walk through the forest with an alpaca by your side (and some friends and family if you want to), where you’ll get to learn all about these gorgeous animals and even take some photos with them.
Don’t worry if you’re nervous, the guides will show you how to lead your alpaca and tell you everything you need to know so you and your alpaca have a lovely stroll. Their care and attention to anyone who is nervous to be around these somewhat large animals is one of the reasons this is one of the best alpaca experiences in England. If you’re interested in booking, you can do so on their website.
4. Cheers to alpacas at Sunnyhill Vineyard, Oxford
You might think alpacas and wine don’t mix, but you would be wrong. Sunnyhill Vineyard sits just outside of Oxford, and is an absolutely stunning space run by an enthusiastic family who started the vineyard themselves and are committed to producing organic and natural fruit with no chemicals, pesticides or additives to make their wine. So it’s a lovely place for the alpacas to roam.
Wine lovers will love taking a tour of the vineyard and meeting Sunnyhill’s four resident alpacas — Ori, Quincy, Sunny and Vinny. Points if you can guess where the names come from.
If you’re not into wine and just want to see the stars of the show, you can book the alpaca walking experience which you can do alone, or add on a tea, coffee or a glass of Sunnyhill’s Oxfordshire Sparkling Cider to sip while you feed the alpacas on their walk. Wool and wine makes for one of the best alpaca experiences in England, hands down. Book it on their website.
5. Take a stroll to support alpaca welfare in the Lake District
Alpacaly Ever After work with the Forestry Commission England to offer alpaca walks in Whinlatter Forest and other locations around the Lake District. This is an absolutely gorgeous setting for an alpaca walk where you’ll also get the chance to learn lots about them and take part in feeding time. Kids and adults will both absolutely love this one.
Alpacaly Ever After is a non-profit social enterprise, so when you book tickets to walk with their alpacas you are also supporting the amazing rescue and re-homing work they do for alpacas and llamas all over the country. You can book on their website.
Surround yourself with the stunning Lake District World Heritage Site and have the best day ever at one of the best alpaca experiences in England, where you’ll also be helping care for alpacas that need rescuing.
6. Trek with wedding-ready alpacas in Kent
If you’re looking to meet an alpaca in Kent, you can take a trek through the beautiful Romney Marsh countryside to learn about the alpaca herd at Alpaca Annie. According to their website, they offer the ‘UK’s number 1 alpaca experience’, or at least the number one alpaca farm in the Kent countryside — with some incredibly cute alpacas ready to meet you.
Alpaca Annie’s herd are friendly and gentle, and are used to being admired by people. In fact, if you give them a carrot, they’ll show you some extra love. They are also keen trekkers, so you will have a really enjoyable walk through the countryside with them. Your booking includes hand feeding the alpacas, trekking for an hour, and more.
And if you’re getting married soon or know someone who is, these alpacas are perfect wedding guests who will entertain on your big day. They can also visit schools, care homes and attend other events, offering one of the best alpaca experiences in England. You can book on their website.
7. Enjoy a romantic date with an alpaca
From June to September, Charnwood Forest Alpacas offers the ultimate alpaca experience… a date night featuring alpacas. Just to be clear, you won’t be ON a date with an alpaca. You will be on a date, with some alpacas joining in on the fun. Either way, this is one of the best alpaca experiences in England.
Charnwood’s 110-acre farm is a super relaxing place to spend the afternoon meeting their fluffy residents, taking a walk around the beautiful grounds, and tucking into the wood fired pizza available on-site.
And of course, keeping the fun going into the evening with their ‘Date Night with Prosecco and Pacas’ package. You’ll get 2 hours chilling on a blanket in the countryside pasture with the alpacas, a bottle of Prosecco and 2 flutes (non-alc options are available), and scrumptious scones with jam and cream. You can book your date on their website.
Best Alpaca Experiences in England
If you’re looking for the fluffiest, cutest, best alpaca experiences in England, these seven options will have you smiling from ear to ear and wondering how you can stuff one of these gorgeous creatures in your bag to take home. Whether you want to go for a walk with them, drink wine with them, enjoy afternoon tea with them or just go along to say hi, you’re sure to have an amazing time with your new fluffy friends.
Have you been to any other great alpaca experiences in England? Let us know so we can add them to the list!
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Quick List of the Best Alpaca Experiences in England
- London Alpaca Farm, Epping Forest
- Fisherwood Farm, East Sussex
- Northiam Alpacas, Hastings
- Sunnyhill Vineyard, Oxford
- Alpacaly Ever After, Lake District
- Alpaca Annie, Kent
- Charnwood Forest Alpacas, Derby