Charnwood Forest Alpacas review
Charnwood Forest Alpacas, also known as Pukka Pacas is located on the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border. South-east of Burton-on-Trent and west of Loughborough, just a short drive from the M1.
They offer a range of animal experiences. We were booked in on the 60-minute alpaca walk with sparkling afternoon tea (£49 pp). Other experiences are 90-minute walk with alpacas (£35 pp), cria watch (baby alpaca) experience (£25 pp), alpaca care and ownership days (£65 pp +), adopt an alpaca (£20 or £65 adoption packages) and more.
They also now offer more experiences that aren’t just alpaca related. They have mother and daughter horse riding sessions (£79 for 2 for 1 hour), lamb watch (see website), Dorset poll sheep treks (£25 pp). Plus donkey grooming (£35 pp), donkey rides (£25 pp) and donkey walks (£35 pp). Please see their website for full details of each experience.
They recommend that you arrive 30 minutes before your experience so we did just that and sat in their Chilli Bean Kitchen with some drinks for a while. As well as the cafe with seating inside and outside they also have on-site toilets. There is also a small shop.
Our alpaca walk started with an interesting pre-walk briefing. We learnt the best way to walk our alpaca, all about their personalities, their love for food and more. They are such characters and most of them love having their necks stroked.
Please note that children under 10 can not walk their own alpaca but they are more than welcome to help walk your own alpaca and there is no extra charge for this. No pushchairs are allowed on the walk.
We weren’t walking for a full 60 minutes as the trek also included a stop in the woods for photos with our alpacas. This was near the end of the walk. Our walk was pre covid so things may be slightly different now.
Please note – Most places may still require you to pre-book online in advance. Some venues also still have certain areas closed for safety reasons. Please check their website and/or social media pages before visiting.
FAQ and Further Information Charnwood Forest Alpacas
Is there food and drink available?
There is the Chilli bean cafe where you can purchase hot or cold food and drinks. You can also pre-book an afternoon tea or book one with your experience.
What are the main things to do?
A variety of animal experiences with alpacas, horses, donkeys and sheep. There are toilets and a cafe.
What are the ticket prices?
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Expensive. Prices start from £25.
Is there parking?
There is free parking.
When are they open?
Charnwood Alpacas is open for most of the year. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
No information has been provided.
Are they accessible?
The walks will be trekking through fields that may be rough, bumpy or muddy. We cannot authorise wheelchairs, pushchairs or walking aids.
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