We are soooo excited to announce that Monkey Haven has been selected by the national tourist board as one of top three small attractions in the country! We’ve been shortlisted by VisitEngland in the prestigious Awards for Excellence 2017, which celebrate the very best in English tourism. The winners will be announced at a glittering Awards ceremony on Monday 24 April, which will be held at the fabulous Hilton Waldorf in London.

VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said: “We received over 600 truly impressive applications this year and there’s absolutely no doubt that the finalists represent the very best in the industry. The Awards shine a spotlight on an industry driven by the highest-calibre people and organisations who deliver unforgettable experiences for visitors.”

Monkey Haven is one of the finalists in the hotly contested Small Visitor Attraction category.

Don Walser, Founder of Monkey Haven, commented: “I’m not often lost for words, but when I found out that we were in the top three, I was gobsmacked. Six years ago when we set up Monkey Haven, people said we were crazy. Now they’re saying that we’re among the best in the country!”

“This comes just weeks after we struck gold in the Beautiful South Awards and won a VisitEngland Gold accolade. We’re also the No 1 attraction on TripAdvisor for the Isle of Wight. This is all thanks to our amazing staff, volunteers and supporters who share our drive to care for animals in crisis.”