Days out with our girls are so much fun now that they’re getting a little older. We don’t have to worry so much about nap times and long gone are the regular pit stops to give the littlest her milk. Both girls are now fully aware of their surroundings and so we love nothing more than heading out for the day, letting them experience the amazing world around us!
Our most recent excursion was to Trentham Monkey Forest in Stoke-on-Trent. Monkey Forest is somewhere I’ve been wanting to visit for a long time, I’m absolutely animal mad so I had high hopes for the day. On our recent visit to Chester Zoo, both girls were so excited to see all of the animals in their enclosures. I couldn’t wait for them to realise that this time we would be in the enclosure with the monkeys, having a wander through their home!
When we arrived at Monkey Forest, we were greeted by a lovely lady called Lydia who gave us a little information and direction to make the most of our day. Our first stop was the Banana Cafe to grab a spot of lunch, before we headed into the monkey enclosure which is home to around 140 Barabary Macaques! The cafe has a great selection of food for adults and children, it was super clean and the staff couldn’t have been more helpful. There’s also a picnic area if you prefer to take a packed lunch when you go out!
Once lunch was over we made our way into the enclosure. The monkeys have 60 acres of woodland to call home, there’s a trail around a large proportion of it for visitors to observe the monkeys in their natural habitat. As we walked along the trail both of our girls were peering into the trees trying to spot their first monkey, the biggest couldn’t wait to see one of the baby monkeys they have right now too! When we found the first group of monkeys hanging out on a large grassed area I couldn’t believe how chilled out they are. They just stroll through the woods and cross paths with visitors, it really is amazing to see. There are keepers inside the enclosure who we stopped and chatted to on a number of occasions, they offer so much insight into the how the Macaques live and behave!
We had the best morning walking through the woodland, down into a pretty valley with a stream, all the while watching the monkeys up to their shenanigans! As we got back towards the exit, we timed it just right to hear one of the keepers give a little talk on the Macaques whilst feeding them. It was clear to see how much this lady cared about the animals she looked after, I would highly recommend listening to one of these talks if you visit!
Overall, we had a fabulous morning at Trentham Monkey Forest. It’s the perfect day out for children and adults alike, both Hubs and I vowed that we would be back next year to see how the monkeys are getting on. I can’t recommend a trip to Monkey Forest enough, you definitely won’t be disappointed!
*We were given entry to Trentham Monkey Forest in exchange for this post, as always all thoughts and opinions are our own – we LOVED it!