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.
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
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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
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
We will be attending the following events:-
Thursday 8th November – Ludlow Farmers Market 9am – 2pm in Castle Square, Ludlow
Thursday 22nd November – Ludlow 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 December – Weston Park – 9am – 5pm at Weston-under-Lizard, Shifnal TF11 8LE
Tuesday 4th December – Tinsel 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 December – Shrewsbury Christmas Market 9am – 6pm in The Square, Shrewsbury
Tuesday 18th December – Tinsel Tuesday 9am – 4pm in Castle Sq, Ludlow
Thursday 20th – Saturday 22nd December – Festive Fizz & Eats Festival 4.30pm – 9pm at Weston Park , Shifnal TF11 8LE
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
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 www.hellensgardenfestival.co.uk
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
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!
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
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