Drivers clash and residents angered as popular Alpaca Fest brings chaos to North Cave

Residents have reacted angrily after an Alpaca festival caused chaos in an East Yorkshire village.

Hundreds of people flocked to North Cave on Saturday (September 4) to visit Alpaca Fest, which caused gridlock on the surrounding roads.

Motorists reported delays of more than 45 minutes on the B1230 stretching all the way back to the A63 as hordes travelled to the surprisingly popular event, which took place at Ings Park.

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As motorists’ patience began to wear thin with the ginormous queues of traffic, some opted to abandon their cars near North Cave, while others bashed their horns and swore in frustration.

There were also huge queues of people who had travelled to the event on foot or who left their cars further away.



The junction turn to Ings Park estate was the epicentre of the traffic problems after Alpaca Fest's popularity wreaked havoc on the roads
The junction turn to Ings Park estate was the epicentre of the traffic problems after Alpaca Fest’s popularity wreaked havoc on the roads

Councillor for Howdenshire, Linda Bayram, said: “There are thousands and thousands of cars on Newport Road, we have to sort it out and do better than this where the traffic isn’t all held up and people can park properly.

“They’re parking all over Newport Road down South Ings Lane and down Crosslands Lane. There’s caravans going through now that should not be going through North Cave at all, because there are signs up to say they must go through South Cave.

“There are double bends in the middle of North Cave and caravans can not easily get round them.”



The traffic on the B1230 stretched as far back as the exit from the A63
The traffic on the B1230 stretched as far back as the exit from the A63

She added: “The traffic is now backed up to the A63 to the turn off coming off junction 38 towards North Cave down Newport Road.

“The traffic is as far as you can see both ways on Newport Road, but it is clear on Station Road so it must filter out a bit somewhere.”

The bus service to North Cave was also affected by the delays, with some villagers from North Cave heading down to the Ings Park estate to complain about the disruption being caused.

The event was organised by Natalie Boddy, who opened Ings Park Alpacas earlier this year on her family’s 12-acre North Cave estate, and Amy Agar.



The Alpaca Fest event organised by Natalie Boddy and Amy Agar was immensely popular
The Alpaca Fest event organised by Natalie Boddy and Amy Agar was immensely popular

Alpaca Fest aimed to raise awareness of alpacas, while providing the opportunity to pet the animals, play on bouncy castles and visit stalls.

Ms Boddy said: “We did not expect this sort of turnout, it has been crazy.

“We’ve literally got everything you could possibly want in terms of alpacas.”

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She also said that the estate has “actually got so much parking” although it had proven “difficult” initially organising traffic going up and down the one lane track which heads into the estate.

The festival made a cheap day out for many families, with entry priced at £3 for adults and £1 for children and no pre-booking required.

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