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2017 Gruffalo Trail Is Back! Get The Guide For This FREE Day Out!

The Gruffalo Trail returns (2017) to the forests this year!

If you have never been you should! It’s a FREE day out and a wonderful way to keep the kids entertained.

If your little ones have seen The Gruffalo Movie and are as obsessed as mine are, then they’ll go mad for this family fun day out 🙂

*Why not add even more fun by dressing your little ones up in a Gruffalo costume to really bring the trail to life*

Fifteen lucky forests have been joined by a giant wooden Gruffalo. Each Gruffalo has been carved in a different position – the one at Wyre Forest is fast asleep!

What is The Gruffalo Trail?

A series of self led activity trails across 15 locations at the Forestry Commission.

Characters from the stories will lead children through the forest with adventure and activities, learning about nature and forests as they go. It’s a great opportunity for families to see the forests at their most breathtaking; from the magical colours of autumn through to the stark beauty of winter .

The trails will be open daily during normal forest opening hours. The trail will be in the same format as the Gruffalo’s trail, so panels, character cut outs and activities for you to complete.

Gruffalo Trail Locations:

The Gruffalo child trail locations are:

  • Alice Holt, Surrey
  • Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Kent
  • Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire
  • Dalby Forest, Yorkshire
  • Delamere Forest, Cheshire
  • Haldon Forest Park, Exeter
  • Hamsterley, Durham
  • High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Suffolk
  • Kielder Forest, Northumberland
  • Moors Valley Country Park, Dorset
  • Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire
  • Top Lodge, Fineshade Woods, Northamptonshire
  • Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire
  • Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire (Not open until 1st December)
  • Whinlatter, Cumbria
  • Wyre Forest, Shropshire

Trail Dates:

  • Gruffalo Trail Cannock Chase: The trail is open from the 20th February 2017. It is aimed at younger children, but the whole family can enjoy following clues and collecting evidence. Download the app before you visit and point it at the markers to bring the characters to life! You can find the start of the trail near the Go Ape cabin and it is about 1 mile in length.
  • Gruffalo Trail Surrey – Alice Holt Wood: From 24th April
  • Gruffalo Trail Wendover Woods – From 22nd February
  • Gruffalo Trail Delamere Forest – From April 1st

Gruffalo Child’s Trail Reviews

“Gruffalo child’s trail was brilliant!”

We went to the heritage centre to see the gruffalo and weren’t disappointed. Our 2 1/2 year old really enjoyed following the story and the wood carvings were really good. There was a fire and wood festival happening when we went which was also quite interesting.

2013, Dean Heritage Centre

Gruffalo Trail Photos

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Sleeping Gruffalo at Wyre Forest!

Where Are The Gruffalo Sculptures?

We can’t give you exact locations (that would be telling! 😉 ) but we can tell you which fifteen lucky forests have been joined by the giant wooden Gruffalos!

You’ll see him in different positions – the one at Wyre Forest is fast asleep!

You can find a Gruffalo sculpture at each of the following forest locations.

  • Alice Holt, Surrey
  • Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest, Kent
  • Cannock Chase, Staffordshire
  • Dalby Forest, Yorkshire
  • Delamere Forest, Cheshire
  • Haldon Forest Park, Exeter
  • Hamsterley Forest, Durham
  • High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Suffolk
  • Moors Valley Country Park, Dorset
  • Sherwood Pines, Nottingham
  • Top Lodge, Fineshade woods, Northamptonshire
  • Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire
  • Westonbirt, Gloucestershire
  • Whinlatter Forest, Cumbria
  • Wyre Forest, Shropshire
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