A January Visit to Monkey World


One of our favourite days out in Dorset is to Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre and in the month of January 2019, they are offering half price entry for locals, meaning that a family ticket costs £19 instead of £38 (BH, DT or SP postcodes).

Monkey World is a 65 acre ape and monkey sanctuary and rescue centre near Wool and is most famous for the TV series, Monkey Life, shown on channel 5 which follows the rescue and rehabilitation of abused and neglected primates.

We arrived on a beautifully sunny, but very cold day, so found that most of the primates were, quite sensibly, relaxing indoors to keep warm, but that didn’t detract from the enjoyment as their are large glass windows on each enclosure so you can see them all clearly.

During our visit there was plenty of time to learn all about the amazing work that Monkey World does and we attended a couple of keeper talks to discover more about the animals they look after.

What the kids really enjoy about Monkey World, is the chance to release their inner ape and enjoy the three adventure play parks that are dotted around the site.

In fact, with Callan and Kian along to join in the fun, Sebastian got assistance at getting to the very tops of the climbing frames and back down again.

The play areas feature a variety of climbing equipment, swings, roundabouts and spring toys which are suitable for children of all ages, including BIG kids!

They are spread out nicely around the site, so you can see your favourite apes and then try to copy some of their moves on the equipment.

My only negative feedback from our day out was that all the refreshment stations were closed, apart from the restaurant at the entrance to the park, during our visit, so I would advise that you take snacks and a flask of hot drink with you.

That said, it was just Hubby and I that could have done with a warming drink, the kids were more than happy racing around the park to even think about being cold.

I did have some empathy with this chimp by the end of the day though!

I highly recommend a visit to Monkey World, some of the apes may have been inside keeping warm, but there is still plenty to see and do for the whole family and costing less than £20 for a family of four during January, for locals, its an inexpensive day out.

Have you visited Monkey World before?

20 thoughts on “A January Visit to Monkey World

  1. Victoria says:

    I absolutely love Monkey world, I went when I was younger whilst in a family holiday, we also visited Bovington tank museum too. Thank you for sharing, you have brought back some wonderful memories.
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  2. Looks like this do a lot of conservation and sounds like a really fun and educational day out for the whole family

    Laura x

  3. We have something very similar to this near us and we love to visit. It’s such a lovely way to see animals and get kids outdoors
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  4. This looks so much fun – what a crisp looking day. If we’re ever down in the area, I’ll definitely be checking it out. Who doesn’t love monkeys?! Love that photo of everyone playing on the park! Brilliant. Monkey moves indeed!

  5. Wow, super cool. I’m so jealous, I love the monkeys.

  6. Sarah says:

    Aww we’ve been here before. It was such a fun day out and lovely to see all of the monkeys in a comfortable environment. Amazing value for money for locals too!

  7. Eva Katona says:

    That looks so much fun! My kids love zoo type outings and no cold weather can stop them!

  8. Kelsey says:

    This definitely looks like good value for money, and the play area looks like a lot of fun too!

  9. Kirsty says:

    I’ve never been but it does look like a fun day out f9r the family, especially to wear out the children. It’s great you can learn about the different types of monkeys from the keepers.

  10. We went thos summer Sebastian described it as the place for monkey’s that had a sad life. It is a wonderful place I was so outraged that the government blocked their lobby to stop primate UK per trade

  11. We LOVE going to see monkeys at the zoo because they’re always so funny! A place dedicated to them would be awesome and its a great deal for January too! xxx

  12. Charlotte says:

    I used to love going to places like this when I was younger. Had so much fun!

  13. This sounds like such a fun place to visit! Dorset is a bit far for us to go for a day trip but if we’re ever down for the weekend or week, I’ll definitely check Monkey World out.

  14. What an amazing place to visit! It makes me frustrated that Northern Ireland doesn’t have more places like this for us to visit – the kids would love it. I bet your bunch did!

  15. Elizabeth says:

    What a super place to visit! My kids would LOVE there! Monkeys are such characters, aren’t they, lol!
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  16. Charli says:

    Awww the little monkeys are so cute! This looks like a great day out, and so reasonably priced!
    C x

  17. Kacie Morgan says:

    I love monkeys. Whenever I go to the zoo, I head straight to see them, so Monkey World sounds like my idea of serious fun! 🙂

  18. My friend Beth (Twinderelmo) keeps telling me to go here whenever we’ve been anywhere nearby, but we still haven’t gotten around to it. It’s on my list for the next time we’re in the area though 🙂

    Stevie x
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  19. I havn’t been to Monkey World since I was a teen, but I remember it being a great experience, even then. Mich x

  20. Anne says:

    Looks fun! Nice blog, I will take a look at the old posts now, bye 🙂

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