Thursday, 27 March 2014

Trentham Monkey Forest Walk

On Sunday we had the pleasure of reviewing Monkey Forest Park (Staffordshire), it is such a magical experience walking amongst the freely roaming Barbary macaques in a beautiful woodland area.  It really is the perfect way to spend time as a family, getting lots of fresh air and enjoying seeing the antics of two mixed groups of Barbary macaques.

The weather was a bit dicey at first, hailstones and torrential rain but the monkeys did not seem bothered in the least, they just carried on as normal, playing, grooming and eating happily.  Thankfully the weather picked up for the comfort of the humans on the walk and to stop my youngest grumbling that his feet were cold!

We had a restorative drink and snack in the cafĂ© and returned to the walk a second time with fairer weather and a spring in our step.  I do recommend the cream scone; the homemade scones were massive and filled me up for hours!

This is a very educational attraction; it is surprising how much children will learn as they walk around.  There is an interesting quiz you can complete and hand in at the end for the chance of wining a prize.  Each information board was viewed with excitement because they hoped it would reveal another clue for the quiz!

During the day there are various feeding slots where you can watch as the monkeys scramble to get close to the bucket full of food being distributed by one of the Monkey Forest Walk friendly staff and hear more about the lives of the Barbary macaques.

There were a couple of play areas one suited for children up to six and another for older children.  My boys were content to spend quite a bit of time here on the slide, obstacle course and sea-saws.

I think this attraction offers excellent value for money for a unique experience your children will really remember and treasure.  As a family of two adults and two children it would have cost us £26 and as there is no restriction to how long you can walk around the paths you could stay all day just watching the monkeys.  They are certainly fascinating to watch, seeing the bigger ones telling the little ones off if they get too close to their food or step out of line and watching the youngsters running around wrestling and jumping from tree’s.  

Not only that your assisting with conservation as the long term aim of the Monkey Forest is re-introduction into the wild, which gives you a nice feeling inside knowing your entrance fee has helped in some small way!

We would love to come back again one day!  Keep an eye on their facebook page for exclusive competitions they run for complimentary tickets.

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