The children will have a short talk about Camelid history and their uses from within our llama education room where they will be able to look and feel our collection of fibres and Peruvian products.
The children will then bring the 'boys' in from the fields using the sound of traditional Peruvian bells, learning about the animals behaviours first hand. Under our supervision the children will choose their llama/alpaca, halter them and groom them. They will then set them up with their traditional packs. We have a selection of authentic South American hats and ponchos that can be worn with their chosen llama/alpaca for some fun photographs.
We'll then take a 20 minute walk through the farm's fields and around the lake where the llamas and alpacas can show the children which trees and bushes are the tastiest!
The group are invited to bring a picnic lunch and to eat it lake side. Whilst there you are welcome to use our binoculars and do some bird spotting. See our wildlife lake species list
For younger groups we have some activities to keep them busy, from fun camelid word searches to alpaca fibre crafts and colouring. Older groups may wish to have a traditional Dorset cream tea.
If you have any queries or would like to book a group visit please get in touch, we would be happy to discuss your needs.
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Suggested Visit details
Children have a particular affinity with llamas and alpacas, young children find it an exciting and magical experience; especially if they have watched Disney's Emperor's New Groove. The animals calm and inquisitive personalities make them particularly good with children of all ages. Once their handler (however small) takes the lead, the llama/alpaca will listen and follow their handler's commands.
We cater for groups of children from birthday parties, beavers, cub scouts and schools to visit our herd at New House Farm. Visits are personalised and adapted to fit differing group sizes, ages and individual needs.