On Saturday 7th May we joined the crowds of people who came to celebrate the 2016 Barkway Village Market. The annual market attracts over four thousand visitors and hosts a variety of food, craft, antique and fun stalls and not to mention alpacas!
The first records of a market taking place in Barkway date back to 1270 and it was fully re-established as an annual event in 1977 to help celebrate the Queens Silver Jubilee.
Since then over 30 markets have taken place and visitors flock from miles around to view wide range of attractions. The Market is set in beautiful grounds of one of Barkway's stunning great houses and it raises money for several local charities including Barkway Village Hall, Church and School.
Barkway Market entered Yew Tree’s event calendar last year and we were delighted to have a stall again for 2016. Alongside our stall which showcased our alpaca products we also brought along 4 of our young boys Bruno, Kaspar, Felix and Jonah to meet the market visitors. As the sun shone throughout the day a great number of alpaca enthusiasts visited our boys, learning fun alpaca facts and feeling how soft their fleeces are.
As the weather was particularly hot we made sure our boys had shade, plenty of water and lots of hay and grass to munch on. There were lots of fun market attractions including a ‘guess the no of balloons in the school bus’ competition and visitors were serenaded by the Royston Town Band.
Overall the day was a huge success and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people and spreading the alpaca word! Visitors were also really interested in our up and coming Summer Events such as the Buntingford Carnival on Saturday 18th June where we will be showcasing our products and bringing along some more of our furry friends. We also have our Midsummer Alpaca Picnic on Saturday 2nd July please watch out for more information on how to book your place on our website.