Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Gruffalo's Child comes to the forest

We had a great time exploring the Gruffalo trail earlier in the year, and it proved to be a massive hit with families up and down the country.  During spring and summer 2014, more than 10,000 children met the Gruffalo himself and hundreds of thousands followed the Gruffalo activity trails through Forestry Commission England woods and forests.

Ready for winter, The Forestry Commission have now introduced The Gruffalo's Child trails at various locations across the country.

Families across England are invited into the deep dark wood this autumn and winter to find The Gruffalo’s Child, who has followed The Gruffalo out of his comfortable cave for a forest trail adventure.
From 3 October 2014 until February 2015, self-led Gruffalo’s Child activity trails will be located in 24 Forestry Commission forests across England, continuing the nationwide celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the book’s publication.

While following the trail route, children and families can take part in activities based on their favourite book’s characters.

In addition, there will be activity packs available for £2, which will include a foraging bag, a fun-packed activity leaflet, a colouring-in sheet and a special Gruffalo's Child sticker. These special packs will encourage children to learn more about the behaviour of animals in autumn and how they search for food, create shelters and prepare for the cold winter months.
Check out the website to find your nearest trail.
There are some fabulous Gruffalo related goodies around which would make perfect Christmas gifts for any little fan.  

The Gruffalo Nature Trail book is packed with activities, fun educational facts and stickers to help enhance their understanding of wildlife.  Published by Pan MacMillan it's a great way to bring nature home and learn about the habitat of the forest, alongside the familiar story characters.

The Forestry Shop also has a range of Gruffalo items for sale, including clothing,  art and craft sets and other gift items.  Make it your first port of call if Christmas shopping for a Gruffalo fan!

Disclosure: We are official bloggers for The Forestry Commission and receive and annual Discovery Pass to visit.  We also received a copy of the nature book to review.


  1. I really hope we will visit a Gruffalo trail soon. My boy would love it. I am LOVING those Gruffalo pyjamas too. Might have to give Santa a nudge for him ;)

  2. Definitely going to check this out. It's caught my attention a couple of times through the Summer, but I've been crazy busy moving house, so it's slipped out of my brain! Firmly back in now:)

  3. I never made it to a Gruffalo trail as there aren't any that close to us, but I've heard great things about it from friends and I'm really hoping to make it to one of the Gruffalo's Child trails. The Nature Trail Activity Book looks like really great value.

  4. I have always wanted to go on one of the trails - will definitely find out where our local one is. Love The Gruffalo! :) x

  5. Gutted that Westonbirt arboretum doesn't have the trail until Dec 1st. Didn't know about the book - it looks great.

  6. We love the Gruffalo and can't wait to try the new trail. xx