Last month we went to the Mayfield Alpacas Animal Park in Sheffield. It was a late birthday treat for me and a chance to tick something off my 30 before 30 list (even though I’m now 30). We’d been wanting to go the farm for ages so it was nice to finally find some time to fit a visit in. We’re already planning to go back for another trip during the summer months.
We started our morning off with a coffee in the cafe and then spend a couple of hours walking around the farm armed with our cameras and a bag of food. If you live near Sheffield and like llamas and alpacas then it’s well worth visiting Mayfield Animal Park. It’s such a lovely place to have a relaxing walk, feed the animals and watch the ducks waddle about. It’s a nice morning out for all ages and if you’ve got little ones they also offer educational visits and school trips.
I think this guy was one of my favourites. He was so happy playing in the mud and when we went over with food he gently ate it from our hands. I was a bit nervous at first (nothing new there) but after finally forcing myself to open out my hand and let the animals eat I knew there was nothing to worry about – they were all very gentle and calm.
He was happy to pose for photos too.
I picked up this cute little ted made from alpaca wool. Isn’t he lovely?
The weather wasn’t so good but it didn’t spoil the trip, actually it made our late afternoon lunch at The Norfolk Arms pub very cosy. The pub is just a few minutes down the road. If you fancy going at lunch time make sure you reserve a table in advance, it seems to be a very popular place. I had the bean chilli and Phil went for the ham hock (you could easily share this between 2). We washed everything down with Locksley gin, naturally. The food was very good, the staff were friendly and we’d love to go back again.
By the end of our day the rain had eased off and we walked back to the city. It took around an hour but it was a much needed walk after our lovely food and a fun day out at Mayfield Animal Park. I really enjoyed seeing a totally different side to Sheffield too, the countryside is beautiful.
Website: Mayfield Alpacas Animal Park
Location: Fulwood Lane, Sheffield, S10 4LH
Tel: 01142 630033