Each year we open for one week in early December for our alpaca Christmas Shop. This year our plans were no different but it was touch and go whether Covid would allow us to open! This is the only time in the year when visitors can turn up without a booking, any time during our opening hours and there is no age limit.
There was a sigh of relief when the second lockdown dates were announced, the end date was the second day of December so our shop week from December 5th to the 12th was safe!
With full social distancing and mask wearing in place we were able to go ahead. Our newly fenced field next to the marquee and shop areas proved a great success as visitors browsed our wide range of alpaca Christmas products and got up close and friendly with our mums and their cria.
Surprisingly this year was the best yet with revenue the highest of any previous year. This was such a blessing as November was wiped out for retail sales as all our Christmas Fairs were cancelled. Lets hope next Winter is back to normal and masks are a rare thing by then!