The Isle of Wight’s Monkey Haven has won a top award from VisitEngland for providing ‘outstanding experiences’ for visitors.
Following their recent assessment as part of VisitEngland’s Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme, where they scored a whopping 90%. Monkey Haven have now scooped the ‘Best Told Story Accolade 2018’ in the tourist board’s annual Visitor Attraction Accolades. This award is given to attractions or tours that tell their story effectively, and offer interesting and entertaining experiences.
VisitEngland commented: “This accolade is testament to the high standards achieved, which the assessor felt were truly deserving of recognition.”
The judges consider every aspect of the ‘story telling’. One of the key ways that Monkey Haven communicate with their visitors is through the ‘Keeper talks’. The keeper talks will inform you all about the rescued animals. for example, their unique personalities and how they came to be there. Therefore giving visitors a unique insight to the animals.
Monkey Haven’s Founder, Don Walser, commented. “This accolade recognises all the hard work we put into creating the best possible experience for both animals and visitors. I’m so proud of the team and grateful to everyone who has supported us. It’s been a rollercoaster of a ride creating the Haven, and an achievement we are all immensely proud of. Fourteen years ago, all we had was a muddy field and a mission. We spent years battling against the odds, to fulfil our vision of setting up an animal sanctuary on the Isle of Wight. People thought we were mad, and maybe we were, but luckily lots of amazing people shared our vision – and look at us now!”
If you would like to know more about the Monkey Haven please visit the website.