Start your summer off with a BANG

Think African drums, face paints and singing as local attraction get’s ready for their first ever ‘Africa Day’ in aid of children’s charity.


On the 22nd July, Staffordshire’s Trentham Monkey Forest is teaming up with ‘Save The Children’ charity, as well as local musicians and face painters to host ‘Africa Day’.


The idea spans from the fact that wild Barbary macaques, of which 140 live at Monkey Forest, are found in Morocco and Algeria in North Africa.

‘The Barbary macaque is the only macaque species, out of the 23, that live in Africa – it really is quite fascinating. All other macaque species are found in Asia! We thought we needed to celebrate this fact and to highlight the species’ endangered status in the wild’ commented Monkey Forest Director, Matt Lovatt.


‘As part of the event, we have teamed up with the brilliant ‘Save The Children’ charity who will be giving visitors a virtual insight into the fantastic work they do in Africa through VR headsets. We hope our visitors will support them. It’s set to be a great event!’


Not only will the forest be celebrating the monkeys and the work done in Africa, there will also be live African themed performances and workshops from African performers, Kotu Drummers. Yes, you can learn how to play an African drum too!


As well as performances from local choir ‘Chorus Choir’, there will also be a chance to have your face painted as your favourite African animal (extra charges apply).


Head to the Monkey Forest website,, for more details and performance times.