A Trip to Trentham Monkey Forest!
Since we only have one more month left in the UK before we emigrate to Australia, we want to see as much of the place as possible! This week we had a day out the awesome Trentham Monkey Forest in Staffordshire. It was only a 20 minute journey on the motorway from where we live which is perfect when travelling with a baby and a toddler. We generally time our day trips with their nap times and so we arrived mid morning to have a couple of hours there before the kids napped before a late lunch.
Miss M was particularly excited about seeing the monkeys, she loves animals, and Trentham Monkey Forest did not disappoint as they have 140 Barbary macaques there and you can really get up, close and personal with them.
Within the forest is a pathway to walk along with monkeys happily playing and going about their day either side of you. If you’re lucky, you might also pass a couple sitting on the fence!
No touching though – and no eating or drinking around the monkeys – it isn’t a zoo you know :)
The forest is really beautiful and we picked a nice dry day. It was pretty cold and grey but that didn’t seem to bother the monkeys one bit – just a slightly chilly Mim who forgot to bring her coat.
Unlike a zoo, the monkeys are not caged and roam around to their heart’s content so you really can get a good look at how they really do live.
For those of you who are interested in learning about the monkeys, as well as just looking at them, there are really handy information signs along the pathway so you can find out all about how they live.
We did miss out on one of the hourly feeding talks unfortunately but I bet that would have been really interesting to see – I just couldn’t keep Miss M in one place long enough as she wanted to see MORE MONKEYS!
At the entrance and exit of the park is a cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating as well as a small play park for kids – of course Miss M dived in that and got up to some ‘monkeying around’ of her own for a bit which coupled with the fresh air proved the perfect combination for a nice long lap after we left!
If you have a few hours to spare we would whole-heartedly recommend Trentham Monkey Forest – it was so much fun to see and learn about the monkeys. It costs £8* for an adult ticket and £6 for kids although under 3s go free. It opens at 10am but check the website here to find out exact opening times throughout the year.
The Banana Cafe stocks a selection of reasonably priced meals for adults and kids as well as hot and cold drinks and snacks but there’s also a picnic area. We bought Miss M a kids lunch box which included a drink, sandwich, yogurt stick and packet of biscuits and it was just over £4 – she just wanted the ‘monkey’ bag it came in really though! If you want to buy any memorabilia from your day, there is also the Jungle shop. Miss M’s ‘Blogger’ top is from Next – how cute! (affiliate link)
We took the kids in our double iCandy Peach stroller and had no problem getting around as the main path is very wide. There are sections that are a little steep but I think it’s manageable for prams and strollers.
It was really easy to find our way to the park with sat nav but it’s well sign-posted too.
We had a great morning at Trentham Monkey Forest – it was a beautiful part of Staffordshire to see.
Want to see more monkeys? Here’s my first attempt at a vlog! Please forgive the iPhone video. And the awful camerawomanship. And the crap editing!
* Prices as of Sept 2015
Disclosure: Trentham Monkey Forest kindly gifted us these tickets so we could share an honest review.