Looking for a day out getting close to nature, monkeys and your family all in one?
I highly recommend taking a trip to Trentham Monkey Forest, it is a beautiful day out, truly.
Let's start on the booking experience..
Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!
If you're like me being the impulsive, need everything done right now kind of person, then you will know why i am starting here. It puts me off when you go onto a website and the BOOK NOW button is not slapping you in the face. Luckily, this one is and its straight forward to book tickets on your chosen day.
Of course, with the new world order you do have to book the time of arrival too.
Adults entry is £9 and if your little one is under 3, they go free!
Personally, i think this pricing is way under what they could charge but thankfully they don't.
My little girl is only 10 months and i have already realised the insane pricing for days out when you have a little one.
You'll arrive to a car park with more than plenty of spaces for everyone, which is already a win, right?
On arrival there is a play area for the little ones, a cafeteria and spacious toilets (and changing areas, yay!).
There is one very vintage van that is always there serving coffees, local ice cream and other little treats too!
If you're not looking to spend more than £3 for a coffee then head over to the cafeteria section where there are plenty of drinks on offer.
I would love to discuss the gift shop which looked beautiful and full of monkey teddies that no one needs, but my partner swiftly moved me on and i must admit, our bank thanked him and it gave me an excuse to have a little ASOS splurdge.
Now, for the monkey business..
You will walk through the forest alongside this beautiful animal. The beautiful animal that is endangered and looked after here in our very own country.
There are guides around that will tell you anything you would like to know. They are like the human version of those little buttons in the museum with a pre-recorded fact list. It is pretty impressive. They hold hourly feeding talks and they really know their stuff.
There are no cages, no wires, the monkeys are free to roam as they please. You won't be able to touch the monkeys, but you get so close you wouldn't have to.
There are many moments when the monkeys decide to wander over to the next area and you must stop and let them pass. This is something I absolutely loved for two reasons. One, you got even closer. Two, they are the priority. They are so well looked after and it's pretty beautiful to see.
I got to show River a monkey in real life!
Does anyone else think that's crazy in the UK?
Believe it or not the monkeys aren't the only beauty to behold here, the scenery along the 3/4 mile walk are truly stunning.
There are little coves and lots of trees, but my writing won't do it much justice so i won't try.
The walk is less than a mile long but if you have a little one then i'd recommend you feed and changed before you start as there is no food allowed on the walk and also no changing facilities.
You can take however long on this walk and you can go back into the closure if you need to nip out, but I don't think this will be entirely necessary as It really doesn't take long even at a snails pace (aka, my pace).
All in all, it really is a fantastic family day out.
It would also be a perfect first date location, if anyone is wondering..
Check it out and see for yourself.
You can have a sneak preview next week on the River of Dreams You Tube channel.
You can call me, Mama x