Wigan 'Alpaca experience' finally relaunches after months of pandemic shutdowns

By now, most of us have been quick to return to our favourite pub beer gardens, our favourite shops and perhaps even booked in for that long awaited haircut.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 2:23 pm
Updated Friday, 23rd April 2021, 2:26 pm
Harry, 7, enjoys walking one of the alpacas
Harry, 7, enjoys walking one of the alpacas

By now, most of us have been quick to return to our favourite pub beer gardens, our favourite shops and perhaps even booked in for that long awaited haircut.

But it’s not just pub landlords and shopkeepers that have been keen to welcome us back, now that non-essential businesses are able to operate once more.

Hidden away on a farm in Standish is a friendly herd of alpacas waiting to say hello to visitors of all ages.

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Alpacas of Little Brook

Alpacas of Little Brook offers a bespoke Alpaca trekking experience which involves meeting the animals, taking them for a walk around the grounds, and feeding them, followed by hot drinks.

The business was launched in January 2020 by Kath Taylor and Moira Morris, but the cold and wet weather forced them to delay their official public opening until late February, by which time Coronavirus was sweeping the nation.

The first national lockdown came just a couple of weeks later, and the business was put on the back burner until September.

They eventually managed to open again for four weeks of farm yard fun before being forced to close again under the restrictions of the Tier system, and were unable to open again for the next seven months.

Harry, 7, enjoys walking one of the alpacas

But they are finally able to accept bookings once more and have been welcoming back the public with open arms.

Since reopening on April 12, Wiganers of all ages have been visiting Alpacas of Little Brook to get up close with the animals, give them a feed and take them for walk around the grounds. The experience, which costs £15 per person, includes hot drinks and biscuits, all served from a converted horse box.

Any children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and any accompanied person is £5. The experience usually lasts up to 90 minutes, giving you plenty of time to take in the fresh air and enjoy being surrounded by four-legged friends.

For more information, visit Alpacas of Little Brook on Facebook or contact [email protected]

Harry, 7, enjoys walking one of the alpacas

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