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The Monkey Forest

For a fun, family day out, the Monkey Forest in Staffordshire is a good choice.

As you enter, there are information boards telling you about the monkeys that live here, where their natural habitat is, what they eat, and so on, as well as information about conservation work. There is also an explanation of what the monkeys’ facial expressions and sounds mean.

After that you are free to wander around the 60 acres of woodland. Although some of the slopes are quite steep, the paths are well-maintained, so it is possible to take pushchairs and wheelchairs around.

macaque monkey at the Monkey Forest in StaffordshireThe monkeys here are not tame, nor are they encouraged to be, so don’t expect to pick them up and cuddle them. However, there are benches dotted around, so if you sit quietly and watch you will see them playing together close by, and sometimes they will run right past your feet. If you look closely as you walk around you will also notice some of the monkeys observing you, and if you are lucky you may even see baby monkeys clinging on as their mothers run across your path.

It’s a great chance to see monkeys living almost as they would in the wild, and is educational as well as fun.

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Winterbourne House and Gardens

Winterbourne House is one of Birmingham’s hidden treasures – even many of the locals don’t know it’s there. It’s just a short walk from the Birmingham University campus, and easily accessible by bus and train.

The house is small, but beautifully furnished and there are very informative displays – many of which you can touch. For the children there is a games room with clothes to dress up in and old-fashioned toys and games. Admission to the house is free.

There is a small charge if you wish to visit the gardens, but it is well worth the price. There are 7 acres of land which includes landscaped areas and woodlands, pathways, a fishpond, a greenhouse containing enormous cacti and succulents, and a chicken coop amongst other things. You will also find the old washhouse with some of the equipment used, and a selection of wooden hoops for children to play with.

There is a tearoom which offers a selection of hot and cold food, and plenty of places where you could have a picnic.

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Bush Farm Bison Centre

You don’t expect to find bison in the UK, but if you visit the Bush Farm Bison Centre in Wiltshire you will find plenty.

There is a lovely woodland walk which takes you past a variety of animals which include goats, a very friendly donkey, elk, chipmunks, guanaco and rhea. There is a viewing platform where you can stand (or sit) and watch the bison, and plenty of spots for a picnic.

Just behind the shop, from which you can buy bison and elk meat, you will find a couple of pigs and some prairie dogs which provide endless entertainment.

If you feel that you can’t bear to leave, you could always pitch your tent on their campsite and stay a few days!

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