Alpacas… alpacas and loads of alpacas.. and you can see them all for FREE at the Bishop’s Court Farm. They come in all colours and have their own fancy hairstyles. I am sure one was winking at me. Another one was following us as we walked around. One had put his ears backward (which I believe is a sign that they are about to spit) but luckily this did not happen.
This place was a complete surprise if I am honest. I only came to know about it as I was researching for my Oxfordshire “kids holidays on a budget” options and needless to say it has made the cut.
It is a working farm, so please take care of your kids all the time (which I am sure you do anyway but take extra care). Please stick to the paths and do not go into areas marked as “no entry” or climb on top the bay hales. We even saw real tractor in real action (what can be more fascinating than that for a child).
For the animals, walk past the cafe, turn left and follow the path around. Alpacas are almost everywhere but there were sheep, lambs, horses, pigs, cheeky goats and beehives too!
The farm is huge and you can walk around the animals yards to go to the lakes which Ay enjoyed the most as the grass close to it was full of dragon flies. We sat there for about 20 minutes alone just watching then. You can also follow the path to Wittenham Clumps which is visible from the farm.
They do alpaca walking here too which costs 25£ for about 1.5 hours of walking in the peaceful countryside but has to be booked in advance HERE.
There is a small playground within 5 minutes walk and Dorchester Abbey/ museum at the end of the road
Watch all the fun here:
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Address: Dorchester, Wallingford OX10 7HP, United Kingdom
FREE but donations welcome
Toilets on side
Refreshments available in the cafe SNUG- food was yummy and they also had children activities like an alpaca colouring book. Menu HERE
Dogs on leads welcome (not around the lake)
Buggy accessible But terrain is sturdy and bumpy