Friday, 14 February 2014

The Gruffalo comes to the forest!

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Julia Donaldson's iconic children's book The Gruffalo.

FIFTEEN YEARS??!  Can you believe that?

To celebrate, the Forestry Commission are welcoming him home back into the forest with a whole host of special activities throughout the year.

There will be trails at locations nationwide starting in April and running through until Autumn, when The Gruffalo's Child takes over from October right through til February 2015.

There will be giant sculptures in the woods and an extra special birthday tea party in the summer.  And guess what? You're all invited.

Sign up now to register your interest and hear all the latest announcements. You'll also be sent a free party pack including invitations, activity sheets and picnic ideas.

The Gruffalo trails can be found at:

  • Alice Holt Forest, Surrey
  • Bolderwood, New Forest
  • Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, Kent
  • High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Suffolk
  • Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire
  • Jeskyns, Gravesend, Kent
  • Birches Valley Forest, Cannock Chase
  • Delamere Forest, Cheshire
  • Hicks Lodge, Derbyshire
  • Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire
  • Salcey Forest, Northamptonshire
  • Top Lodge, Fineshade
  • Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean
  • Haldon Forest Park, Exeter, Devon
  • Cardinham Woods, Bodmin, Cornwall
  • Wyre Forest, Worcestershire
  • Westonbirt, the National Arboretum, Gloucestershire
  • Dalby Forest, Yorkshire
  • Guisborough Forest, North Yorkshire
  • Whinlatter Forest, Nr Keswick, Cumbria
  • Hamsterley Forest, Country Durham
  • Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland
  • Grizedale Forest, Nr Hawkshead,  Cumbria
  • Camping in the Forest site: Ashurst
  • Camping in the Forest site: Ocknell & Longbeech
  • Camping in the Forest site: Holmsley
  • Camping in the Forest site Roundhill
  • Camping in the Forest site: Hollands Wood

Disclosure: I am an official Forestry Commission blogger and receive an annual Discovery Pass to promote their activities throughout the year.


  1. I so loved the Gruffalo when my kids were younger. I reckon they would enjoy a different reason to get out and about in the woods!

  2. Thank you for this, I had no idea, ive signed up!

    Aqeela x

  3. I can't believe he is 15 years old!! That makes me feel old!!

  4. Hoooray! We loved the Stick Man trail so we will definitely be doing the Gruffalo trail! Might have to make sure this is one of my books of the week and do the trail as our activity. Very excited!

  5. I am so excited by this!!! Everyone loves forest and the Gruffalo - what a winning combo!

  6. Ohh sounds good, I'll sign up. I was just hearing how fab Bedgebury is the other day. Thanks, Mich x

  7. Fifteen years! Julia Donaldson is a brilliant children's author:) personally love a squash & a squeeze - appreciate what we have:)

  8. This sounds brilliant, we'll be going along to Delamere - pack ordered! Hooray!