Almond Valley

Afternoon tea with an Alpaca...!

For a safe and happy family get-together.

Although our usual indoor parties remain impractical while Covid restrictions are in place, we now offer the chance to enjoy afternoon tea with family, friends, and an alpaca, as a special addition to your day out at Almond Valley.

You and your guests can arrive at Almond Valley at any time during the day and stay as long as they like...... right up to closing time at 5pm. When it’s time for tea, we’ll reserve your own VIP area with seats and tables beneath the canopies in the terrace area close the tearoom.

At the agreed time (normally 13.45), your group will meet up at the arena area where a very friendly alpaca will be waiting for you (and for some tasty nibbles). The keepers will introduce your new alpaca pal and during your exclusive getting-to-know-you session, everyone will have the opportunity to offer your South American friend a few tasty treats.

Once alpaca and people have enjoyed each other’s company, bid their farewells and washed their hands, it’s time for the humans to eat. Just after 14.00 you’ll be served your afternoon tea beneath the safe, spacious shelter of the terrace canopies. Your afternoon tea will be laid out on platters within your specially decorated VIP area. For adults there are scones with jam and cream, along with a variety of freshly cut sandwiches, plus tea and coffee. For children, tea comes in a colourful party box packed full with sandwiches, savouries, nibbles, a souvenir badge, and other party goodies.

How you spend the rest of your day is up to you – there’s loads to explore at Almond Valley and we’re open until 17.00.

How it Works

To enjoy your exclusive Afternoon tea with an Alpaca there must be at least ten people in your group (not counting the under 3’s) but no more than 20. Of course, this outdoor meeting must comply with current government covid regulations. It's intended as a family occassion and we'd expect there would be plenty of adults in the group to keep everyone in order, especially when you meet the alpaca. Everyone will enjoy tea. You pay admission at the standard rate (Friends members are free) and therefore the charge is £9 per adult and £7 per child which covers both your afternoon tea and your meeting with your alpaca friend.

To book, go to our bookings page, select an available date and make a provisional booking by paying a £50 deposit. Once you’ve done this, please e-mail us as soon as possible on to provide names and phone numbers (or e-mail) of all who will be attending. We need to recieve this no less than seven days before the date of your visit. This information is required for track and trace purposes, and allows us to tick off members of your group as they arrive. We’ll work out the total cost of your visit which must be paid at that time. Adjustments can be made to arrangements up to 48 hours before your visit, but cannot be changed or refunded any later than that..