The Llama Park is situated in the stunning countryside of Ashdown Forest, East Sussex, on the A22, about 5 miles south of East Grinstead.
Bobby and Susan purchased the Ashdown Forest Llama Park in May 2013. The previous owner had purchased the site in 1995 when it consisted of just a few dilapidated buildings and a caravan.
In 2001, a historic barn was added to provide a gift shop together with a purpose designed coffee shop, conference centre and visitor centre. There is now also a popular knitwear and gift shop, a fully licensed restaurant, and an information barn which helps visitors understand more about the Park’s animals. The Park also provides an adventure playground, play houses, and a picnic area – and Bobby and Susan will be extending the opening hours to allow visitors to take full advantage of the longer summer evenings and to book the Park for conferences and special events.
The Park now has more than a 50 llamas and 20 alpacas living happily on the 32 acres of beautiful parkland. In 2007 Dasher and Blitzen, two handsome reindeer, arrived at the Park and are now part of a growing herd of reindeer with babies born each year.
Bobby and Susan’s aim is to continue to raise the animals in a stress free and caring environment and to educate the public about some of nature’s more unusual animals. Llamas are patient, curious and invariably good natured. We want the public to interact with them and one of the best ways to do this is through our regular llama walks. Llamas were originally domesticated as pack animals and thoroughly enjoy being led on short ‘treks’ through the magical Ashdown Forest - with frequent stops for carrots.
Bobby and Susan also look forward in the future to caring for their beautiful Spanish horses, some well-chosen farm animals and a variety of more exotic creatures in this natural and peaceful environment.
Our environmental policy
We are committed to a policy of sustainability and the Park is run to minimise its impact on the countryside, to maximise energy efficiency and to recycle as much waste and packaging as possible. We use a minimal amount of chemicals and artificial fertilisers on the land. Our coffee shop uses as much local produce as possible and now offers some organic options, and our restaurant uses the finest fresh local produce too, wherever possible.
The health and welfare of our animals is our priority and we work closely with our veterinary surgeons to ensure that our animals are cared for in the best possible way. We house many of the animals when we are open. However, all of these animals go out into the fields at every opportunity except during bad weather when, like us, they prefer to be in the dry!
- 30 acres of beautiful countryside and views across Ashdown Forest to Gills Lap
- 70+ llamas and alpacas
- Reindeer (a herd of around 10 at present)
- Alpaca knitwear & gift shop
- Information barn
- Adventure play area, and Winnie the Pooh playhouse
- Coffee Shop
- Fully licensed restaurant
- More animals coming soon!
The latest up to date information is on our News page
- Easy flat access to visitor centre, shop & restaurant
- Disabled parking bay 25 metres from entrance
- Hard path suitable for wheelchairs around area adjacent to Visitor Centre where many animals are housed during opening times.
- We do recommend, however, that if you plan to walk around the Park you should bring your wellies in winter or during wet weather at other times. Boot brushes and welly washing facilities are available
- Two disabled toilets/baby changing units are located in visitor centre
- A purpose built children’s play area
Located beside the A22, just 300 yards south of junction with A275, and roughly midway between Nutley and Forest Row. See map here
Ample free parking for cars and coaches.
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