Glamping with alpacas is an exciting staycation option here in Doncaster

There is an alpaca glamping experience tucked away in a Doncaster village where guests can interact with fluffy animals and enjoy the peaceful, rural scenery.

Friday, 16th April 2021, 1:03 pm

Tickhill Alpacas are benefiting from the staycation boom happening in England due to current travel restrictions.

They are fully booked on weekends all the way up to September.

Karen Pratt, owner of Tickhill Alpacas, said: “It’s just gone mad.

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There are 21 Alpacas on site.

“We’ve noticed a lot of local people are staying here.”

There are 21 alpacas all together - all of which are tame.

They’re extra fluffy at the moment as they still have their winter coats.

Guests can feed and walk the alpacas when they stay at the campground.

One of the tents.

There are three bell tents on site which have real beds inside.

“We’re a mile out from Tickhill village so guests can walk to the pubs and restaurants,” Karen said.

“But most take advantage of our fire pit and BBQ to eat on site.”

There are not many places where people can interact so closely with alpacas which is why owner Dean Pratt believes they are doing so well.

There is a new play area on site for kids.

He said: “Alpacas have a very calm temperament which people enjoy.

“They’re inquisitive and gentle.”

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Karen and Dean are close with their alpacas and have named them all.

There are three tents to choose from.

There’s Arthur, Jeffery, Susie, Claire and Mary just to name a few.

Two special characters are Larry and Allan who are known fondly as ‘Kevin and Perry’ due to their cheeky nature.

“They’re all our babies,” Karen said.

“We started out with eight but the family has just grown and grown.

“We struggle to ever part with them.”

You can find out how to book a stay at Tickhill Alpacas on their Facebook here.

There is still availability throughout weekdays in the summer holidays.

They have recently installed a play area on site for children to enjoy.

Tents include a double bed, futons, blow up beds, solar powered lights and basic utensils.

“The feedback we have been getting from guests has been amazing,” Dean said.

“They say that it is a lovely experience.

“One woman told us she had the best night sleep ever here.”

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