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November 2018 – February 2019

Winter is coming to an end and we are looking forward to Spring when the days become longer and the grass starts to grow and hopefully less rain and wind. It has been very mild this winter, but the alpacas have still grown lovely thick fleeces ready to be shorn off in June.

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Spring dates for the Markets & Shows 2019

Thursday February 28th – Ludlow Farmer’s Market in the square 9am – 2pm

Friday March 1st – Shrewsbury Farmer’s Market in the square 9am – 3.30pm

Saturday March 9th – Made in Shropshire in Shrewsbury square 9am – 5pm

Thursday March 14th – Ludlow Farmer’s Market in the square 9am – 2pm

Saturday/Sunday March 23rd/24th – National Alpaca Show in Telford at the Exhibition Centre 9am – 5pm

Thursday March 28th – Ludlow Farmer’s Market in the square 9am – 2pm

Friday April 5th – Shrewsbury Farmer’s Market in the square 9am – 3.30pm

Thursday April 11th – Ludlow Farmer’s Marker in the square 9am – 2pm

Saturday April 13th – Made in Shropshire in Shrewsbury square 9am – 5pm

Thursday April 25th – Ludlow Farmer’s Market in the square 9am – 2pm

Friday May 3rd – Shrewsbury Farmer’s Market in the square 9am – 3.30pm

Thursday May 9th – Ludlow Farmer’s Market in the square 9am – 2pm

Saturday May 11th – Made in Shropshire in Shrewsbury square 9am – 5pm

January Sale 2019

10% off selected socks and handknits –

Buy online or come and visit Coco Alpacas by making an appointment via email, or tel 01694 751792 Mob 07989 740376.

We will be holding an Open Day at Coco Alpacas on Saturday January 26th from 10am – 3pm where you can see the alpacas and the lovely products we sell.

We will also be at Ludlow Farmers Market on Thursday January 24th 9am – 2pm and

Shrewsbury Farmers Market on Friday February 1st 9am – 3pm

July-October 2018

I can’t believe how quickly time has gone as we are at the beginning of December already.  I made a decision at the end of June to close the shop in Church Stretton and concentrate more on markets, fairs and the alpacas. Continue reading

Autumn/Winter Events 2018

We will be attending the following events:-

Thursday 8th NovemberLudlow Farmers Market 9am – 2pm in Castle Square, Ludlow

Thursday 22nd NovemberLudlow Farmers Market    9am – 2pm in Castle Square, Ludlow

Mon/Tuesday 26th/27th November – Royal Welsh Winter Fair 8.30am – 7.30pm (Mon) 8.30am – 6pm (Tues) at BuilthWales show ground 

Sat/Sun 1st/2nd DecemberWeston Park – 9am – 5pm at Weston-under-Lizard, Shifnal TF11 8LE

Tuesday 4th DecemberTinsel Tuesday 9am -4pm in Castle Square, Ludlow

Friday 7th December – Shrewsbury Farmer Market 9am – 3.30pm in The Square, Shrewbury

Tuesday 11th December Tinsel Tuesday 9am – 4pm in Castle Sq, Ludlow

Thursday 13th December – Ludlow Farmers Market 9am – 2pm in Castle sq. Ludlow

Saturday 15th DecemberShrewsbury Christmas Market 9am – 6pm in The Square, Shrewsbury

Tuesday 18th DecemberTinsel Tuesday 9am – 4pm in Castle Sq, Ludlow

Thursday 20th – Saturday 22nd DecemberFestive Fizz & Eats Festival  4.30pm – 9pm at Weston Park , Shifnal TF11 8LE

April – June 2018

What a wonderful summer we are having- lots of sunshine which is great for the alpacas so they can absorb the vitamin D that they require.  However it was a bit of nightmare keeping them cool before they got sheared, which wasn’t until the end of June! Continue reading

Summer Events 2018

Here are the events we will be attending this summer.

June 9/10th    –      Hellens Garden Festival  10am – 5pm  held at  Much Marcle, Herefordshire. HR8 2LY

June 28th       –      Ludlow Farmers Market  9am – 2pm  held in Ludlow Square

June 30th          –   Tenbury Music Festival  10am – late   held in Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

July 8th                   Ludlow Green Festival   10am – 4pm  held in Ludlow Square

July 21/22nd          Bryngwyn Summer Fayre 10.30am – 5.30pm held at Bryngwyn Hall, Llanfyllin. SY22 5LJ

July 26th                Ludlow Farmers Market  9am – 2pm held in Ludlow Square

August 2nd            Burwarton Show  9am – 5pm held at Burwarton, Bridgnorth WV16 6QJ

August 12th           Herefordshire Wildlife Trust 10am – 3pm  at Queenswood Country park, Dinmore Hill, Leominster. HR6 0PY

August 23rd          Ludlow Farmers Market – 9am – 2pm in Castle Square, Ludlow

Sept 29th/30th      Malvern Autumn Show 9am – 6pm at Malvern Showground, Malvern


British Alpaca Society National Show

National Show 24th/25th March 2018

The British Alpaca Society have an annual National Show and for the past five years it’s been held at Telford International Centre. Over 600 alpacas were at the show this year coming from all over the country.  The 2 days are filled with showing the alpacas on the quality of the fleece. They are put into different categories Huacaya and Suri (2 different types of alpaca), colour and age. The quality of the fleece is judged on the micron, staple length, density, crimp and consistency throughout the fleece.  At the end of the 2 days a supreme champion from the Huacaya and Suri group will be crowned and the winners this year both came from Houghton Hall Alpacas, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

There was also a fibre zone competition made up of various categories – household, shoulder wear, neckwear, garments, toys & yarn.  We entered in a few categories but we were absolutely thrilled to win the Neckwear category with a hand knitted brioche Infinity scarf made with Coco Alpaca yarn and knitted by Jen Bartl who calls herself The Prolific Crafter and is part of the Coco Alpaca team.  The fibre zone was judged by Alison Pearce and Iain Ager who are both from Newman Pearce Tailoring in London.

We also had a stall at the show which was very successful, so all in all we had a very good week-end and the win with our Infinity Scarf  was the icing on the cake!

1st prize Hand Knitted Brioche Infinity Scarf at the British Alpaca Society National Show

Brioche Infinity Sacrf











WONDERWOOL – Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April 2018

Shrewsbury Spinners, Weavers & Dyers Guild have arranged a coach on Sunday 29th to leave the Garage in Church Stretton at 8am.  £29.00 for coach and admission

If you are interested please contact Ann Lloyd on 07889 143057

January – March 2018

We’ve had a bit of lapse with our blogs so I propose for 2018 I will write them quarterly. Facebook is our way of letting you know what we have been doing and what events are coming up. If you haven’t seen our Face book page just type in Coco Alpacas and have a look and if you like it then please click on Like at the top of the page as this increases our following and credibility! Continue reading

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