The Llama Park at Wych Cross has a new look with changes to the layout bringing the restaurant and coffee shop into the spectacular surroundings of an old barn.
A new entrance leads into a new reception area and shop, previously a conference room and restaurant. The former kitchen is now offices.
Alpaca products and other fashion items tempt visitors making their way through to comfortable seating – and an outdoor area too – where they can relax over coffee.
The restaurant is off the coffee shop in a barn where alpaca knitwear was previously displayed. Windows between the beams bring in more light and open up views across the park.
Through the coffee shop you can continue on to an indoor terrace and a function room, transformed from livestock barns, which can easily seat 100 people. There’s another converted barn too where wedding ceremonies are held.
All this work, and more, has been undertaken in the three years since Bobby Schuck and his wife Sue Barrow took over the Llama Park and they haven’t finished yet.
Next to come is the installation of a bar into a room fondly known as the Jam Jar, where music jamming sessions are held, and next year the bar and Llama Park restaurant will be open to the public in the evenings.
Evening functions are already held at the park with music, dancing and drinking licences in place. The Llama Park is also licensed for weddings. And a riding licence enables them to offer donkey rides.
New animals have been brought to the park, in addition to the llamas, alpacas and reindeer which have always proved popular.
Now you can see horses, donkeys, Shetland ponies, pigs, sheep, goats and birds, including ducks, turkeys, geese, chickens, peacocks and guinea fowl.
One of the llamas might soon set a world record for height jumped by a llama. Teddy is a law unto himself, escaping regularly from the park, leaping over fences to go onto the Ashdown Park Hotel golf course, or onto a neighbour’s tennis court.
Now he is being trained to jump 48 inches in a controlled environment so that the feat can be recorded for Guinness World Records.
The Llama Park makes the most of being the home of reindeer by inviting Santa into a grotto in the run up to Christmas. This Santa has his own hair and beard and one visitor was recorded as saying this is the place to go for a “down-to-earth, genuine Father Christmas experience”.
Santa’s visits begin on the weekend of November 26 and 27, continue on December 3 and 4, and then take place every day from Saturday, December 10 until Christmas Eve, December 24.
There will also be a nativity scene in one of the stables.
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