Anyone looking for a winter walk with a difference can now stroll an ancient forest with free-roaming monkeys on an exclusive private tour.
Trentham Monkey Forest, the only place in the UK where you can walk amongst 140 Barbary macaque monkeys, is launching a new walk experience during its closed winter season.
Tucked away amidst 60 acres of woodland and meadows on the outskirts of Stoke-on-Trent, the exclusive ‘Winter Walks With Monkeys’ offers the rare opportunity to avoid the crowds and step into the award-winning attraction on a private guided tour.
One of Britain’s more unusual visitor attractions, the Monkey Forest offers close encounters with macaques as naturally as possible in their forest home as they would in their native Algeria and Morocco.
Providing the ultimate primate encounter, the experience will allow small groups of visitors to venture into the woodland to discover “unparalleled insights” into the daily life of a Barbary macaque.
The behind-the-scenes tour, which lasts around an hour and a quarter, includes a walk through the primate winter wonderland, one-to-one conversations with an expert guide and a warming drink at the end of the hike.
Available during weekends from 4 November until 28 January, tickets cost £60 per person, and must be pre-booked.
Barbary macaques are a highly endangered species, with fewer than 8,000 thought to still be roaming in the wild; and, as the UK’s largest primate enclosure, Trentham Monkey Forest works closely with nature organisations to support conservation projects that help primates currently struggling in the wild.
Over the last 18 years the park has welcomed thousands of visitors, but also had an extremely successful breeding programme, welcoming over 170 baby Barbary macaques into the world – with nine born summer 2023 alone.
Now closed for the 2023 season, the attraction re-opens to visitors for February half term 2024, selected dates in March and then daily from 1 April until early November.
For more details about Trentham Monkey Forest, see www.monkey-forest.com
General tourist information on Stoke-on-Trent and The Potteries can be found at www.visitstoke.co.uk