Alpaca Day at Toft

10 Jun

*Warning* overwhelming about of Alpacas in this post!

The last weekend in May several friends and I spent the day at Toft Alpaca Farm, for Jem Weston’s birthday you can read her blog post about it here. Being very eager Jem found out about their open days back in January, so we’ve been patiently waiting for the day to arrive!

Toft is a working Alpaca farm in Dunchurch, Warwickshire, with a lovely shop and Cafe in beautiful surroundings.
You can find out more here…
http://www.thetoftalpacashop.co.uk/
http://www.toft-alpacas.co.uk/

This is the lovely view from the loo!
View from the loo at Toft Alpaca - Nettynot BlogI think Jem chose an ideal time to go (even if it was dictated by her Birthday), as there were lots of little baby Alpacas (called Cria – we learnt stuff too)! We’d booked a tour which is essentially a lovely walk around lots fields being shown loads of Alpacas (although we only saw a small percentage of what they have on the farm).
Jem Weston - surrounded by Alpacas - Nettynot BlogThey’re naturally inquisitive animals which meant as soon as our small group showed up they were straight over to see what was going on – perfect for photo opportunities. Jem was soon surrounded while attempting an alpaca selfie. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, delivering some interesting facts about Alpacas and the farm (without feeling like were being talked at – a nice happy balance). Once we’d seen several fields of Alpacas, finishing with the Maternity field, we headed back inside for tea and (still warm) scones – delicious (no photo of scone – they didn’t last long enough)!
Many Alpacas at Toft - Nettynot BlogI love this photo below, just look at the wonky teeth, the small Alpaca popping out of its head and another one having an scratch – they’re such comical animals – without even trying!
Alpacas at Toft Alpaca farm - Nettynot BlogAlpacas at Toft - Nettynot Blog

What I was really impressed by was the shop, unfortunately I’m a little allergic to Alpaca fleece (sob sob) but I went prepared having taken antihistamines and armed with eye drops, it didn’t stop be groping fluffy pompoms and admiring the beautifully soft yarn.
Toft Alpaca Shop Decor - Nettynot BlogThe layout of the shop was so well done – so much to look at, without being cluttered in a very relaxed atmosphere. It’s a large open space leading nicely on to the cafe.
Toft Alpaca Shop - Nettynot BlogThe shop decor obviously has obviously had a lot of care and attention taken over it and it’s really paid off. Although I wasn’t going to be leaving with any alpaca yarn I did buy a copy of Kate Davies Yokes book, something I’ve been eyeing up for a while, so I treated myself!
Kate Davies Yokes book - Nettynot BlogI would recommend a trip to anyone (not just yarn lovers)!

We spotted a sign about craftanoons at the cafe from July, so it probably won’t be long before we’re back, maybe with more Knit in Notts peeps.

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