One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure – William Feather
This week we have had my sister visiting us. We planned a couple of trips out and one of these was to the Monkey Forest at Trentham Gardens! Emily is really into animals at the minute so this was just the perfect trip for her. Unfortunately Daddy was unable to go due to work but we will definitely go back and take him with us next time!
If you don’t know what the Monkey Forest is, it is pretty self explanatory. It’s a forest on part of the Trentham Estate home to 140 free roaming Barbary Macaques. I knew before we set off that I would want to blog about our trip so I made sure to take my DSLR along. I actually remembered my zoom lens as well (unlike when we went to Chester Zoo) so I managed to get quite a few decent photo’s! It’s not a lens I’ve used all too often but I was so impressed!
We started the day with a 50 minute bus journey from Stafford to the Trentham Estate which felt like it took forever. Especially because we had my 7 year old nephew with us too and he was obsessed with counting down the minutes. When we got to the Estate we were able to get our tickets quite quickly, as although it was busy, the people on the ticket desk managed to deal with everyone at a good speed. I paid £8.50 for my ticket and Emily was free. The child tickets are £6.50 for children age 3-14 which I think is quite reasonable.
After you are through the ticket gate you walk past the cafe, gift shop and play area and go straight on up the hill a little bit to a desk. This is the area where you can leave any bags etc as you are not allowed to eat food/drink within the enclosure. Once your ticket is checked you are able to go through. Once through the second gate you are in the are where the monkeys are able to roam free and wild!
We didn’t have to wait long before we spotted some of the monkeys! As you are walking along the path you can tell where the monkeys are because of the crowd gathered to watch them. These monkeys were quite high up in a tree so Emily was unable to see them but I managed to get out my camera and snap some photo’s! We stood watching these for a while before moving along further up the path. We checked the time and realised we had just missed the feeding time. The monkeys are fed every hour and there is a talk held by one of the keepers as they carry out feeding time.
As we walked around, Emily got more and more excited. We took her out of the pushchair pretty much straight away and all took turns carrying her around. Every time she saw a monkey (or duck) she squealed with delight and flapped her little arms. It was so cute to watch! I love seeing the world through her eyes, everything is brand new and exciting.
I think it ended up taking about an hour or so to walk around the whole enclosure. By this time Emily was hungry and tired and the rest of us definitely needed a rest too. We headed out through the double gates and towards the cafe and shop. We went to the shop first to pick out some monkey related gifts. I didn’t end up buying anything but my sister bought some postcards and a stuffed monkey. After the shop we stopped by the cafe for some lunch. I was able to feed Emily and let her sleep in the pushchair whilst we ate. The food was lovely! I had chicken goujons and chips and the chicken was delicious. My sister had a toastie which came with a salad. She said it would have been better with chips as the portion was a little small.
After lunch it was time to head back home. We did consider a trip into Trentham Gardens to see the fairy trail but it would have cost another £11 per person so we decided against it. Over all we had a fab day! I can’t wait to go back. I’m certain we will visit many more times as Emily gets older!
Have you been to a monkey forest before?
Love Laura xx
Here’s a few extra photo’s from our day. Emily’s faces absolutely kill me. WHY IS SHE SO CUTE?!