Some of you may be aware that during the school summer holidays we headed for the Isle Of Wight on a little family holiday. I have lots of photos and memories that I’d love to share when I eventually get round to sorting them all out. Check out my YouTube playlist as our holiday videos are going live during September.
Whilst we were there we had a day out kindly gifted to us at Monkey Haven. We have been to the owl and monkey sanctuary once before and loved it, I was excited to see what new safety measures had been put in place to enable us to have a safe day out.
We usually like to begin our days out as soon as an attraction opens, but it was our last day on the Isle Of Wight and we had decided to get to Monkey Haven for lunchtime. Monkey Haven is in the North of the Isle Of Wight, not too far from the Fishbourne ferry terminal.
When we arrived the car park was busy and we ended up parking in the overflow car park. Naturally, I had my concerns as Monkey Haven is a small attraction and I hoped that we would be able to social distance without too much stress.
My mother-in-law had put together a picnic so this was our first priority when we entered. The picnic area was quite busy but we managed to find a table to enjoy our lunch at before starting our visit to Monkey Haven.
Whilst enjoying our lunch I did spot some hand sanitiser and wipes on a table near the Under 5s play area. I’m quite used to carrying my own little bottle of hand gel anyway.
We chose to take our own picnic however the Xhabu’s Tea Room and Ice Cream Shack are open for takeaway food and drinks. They also have screens installed to protect their staff and customers which is great to see.
Monkey Haven is a small sanctuary for rescued monkeys and birds of prey. Each animal there has it’s own story and sadly most have a really cruel history. It’s quite wonderful to walk around and see the monkeys playing, exploring and generally so happy.
We actually witnessed a keeper popping in some bottles to a group of monkeys. The bottles were filled with treats and the monkeys have to figure out how to get them out as the tops had been folded over. It was so interesting to see their brains ticking away as they figured out how to access their food.
It was pleasing to see lots of signage reminding guests to social distance and floor markings too in the high traffic areas.
The Reptile House and New World Monkey House has also been able to open. The Monkey House is operating a one-way system and only one family/household at a time.
The Reptile House has a sign to ask you to wear a face covering. This isn’t being fully enforced as there was no member of staff at the door, however, everyone we saw was being respectful of this. It is also only one family/household at a time. Due to this, there was a slight queue to be able to enter but it moved rather quickly.
Despite the car park being quite busy, Monkey Haven didn’t feel uncomfortably busy and everyone was respectful of the safety rules. This allowed me to feel more at ease during our visit.
We decided to let the children play closer to the end of our afternoon. There was hand gel provided and a sign to say only 15 children at a time. I must admit that the hand gel and sign wasn’t overly obvious.
Eva managed to hurt herself during her time in the play area which was such a shame as our holiday was coming to an end. She managed to trip and land on the edge of the slide causing a nasty bump on her leg.
I would highly recommend a visit to Monkey Haven whilst you are on the Isle Of Wight. They have taken lots of care to ensure everyone stays safe. Everywhere was clean and well maintained. It definitely wouldn’t be a full day visit, but we spent a wonderful few hours there.
Entrance to Monkey Haven costs £54 for a family of five and that includes a free 7-day return visit too. I filmed our day out which also includes our morning adventures to Blackgang Chine which I hope you’ll enjoy watching.
Disclosure: Our day out was gifted.