We recently went to Monkey Forest after being invited to review. To say that I was pleased was an understatement. It is somewhere that I’ve wanted to go with the boys for a while.
The minute I told Leo, a beaming smile emerged on his face! “We are going to see monkeys?!” When I explained that the monkeys would be walking around right next to us it was like Christmas had come early for him. Mylo on the other hand didn’t have a clue what was being said (or that’s what his face said at least).
Monkey Forest is just over an hour away from our house so it was safe to say that we were dreading the car ride there. We decided to leave a little later, around lunchtime, so Mylo could try and have his afternoon nap on the way. But he fell asleep about 15 minutes before we got there.
Inside Money Forest
I was pretty impressed with the layout, there was the big middle section where the gift shop, cafes and one of the playgrounds were. Branching off was the actual Monkey Forest where all the monkeys were and the picnic area with another playground. It isn’t the sort of place where you would get lost or lose track of where you were, that’s a big plus when you have children!
The Monkey Forest section is lovely, you follow a path around and there are staff along the way to talk to should you have any questions or want to know a bit more. There are regular feeding times which you can watch too. The path around the forest is very hilly! Being 6 months pregnant and having bad SPD it took a while to get round! It is a lovely place to walk through nevertheless. There are sign boards with little bits of information dotted around the forest which were really interesting to read!
The monkeys were cheeky as ever, along with some rude ones which made a few of the adults even burst into laughter!
What we thought
Personally we really liked our trip to Trentham Monkey Forest. The boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves and got really excited that the monkeys were so close! It was lovely to be able to walk around and be so close to animals that we wouldn’t normally be able to get that close to.
I wouldn’t say that it was an all day thing, but most definitely a whole afternoon. I think that something may be missing but I can’t put my finger on it. Something that would make the day out stretch to the whole day. I think it would be lovely if they had their own on-site photographer to capture images of you with the monkeys. That would bring in a lot of people on that basis alone.
The prices are reasonable at £8.50 for adults, £6.50 for children aged 3-16 years and children under 3 years are free of charge.
There is the option to combine the ticket to entry to Trentham Monkey Forest and Trentham Gardens. We didn’t go to the gardens so I can’t comment on if it is worth the money or not.
Photos of our day at Trentham Monkey Forest
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