This spring will see a new Julia Donaldson themed trail running through the woods, based on the Gruffalo and the Gruffalo’s Child.
2014 marks The Gruffalo’s 15th anniversary and The Gruffalo’s Child’s 10th anniversary, and there will be party celebrations and activities throughout the year, including themed activity trails, giant wooden Gruffalo sculptures and a big birthday forest picnic in the deep dark wood.
There will be Gruffalo activity trails in 28 forests across England, including Wendover Woods, from April until the end of September. In October, The Gruffalo’s Child activity trails take over and will stay in the forest right through the winter until February 2015. Characters from the stories will lead children through the trees with adventure and intrigue, learning about woods and forests as they go.
From June, 15 giant wooden sculptures of one of the world’s best-loved monsters himself will be hidden in forests across England for families to track down. Standing 7ft tall and all different, the Gruffalos are being individually-carved in a secret woodland location out of three-ton pieces of timber, each carefully-selected from Forestry Commission sites.
Visitors are also invited to gather in their local forest with family and friends on Saturday 7th June to celebrate The Gruffalo’s anniversary with a big birthday forest picnic – click here to sign up for a free party pack.
Dates for your diary
Friday 11th April: Gruffalo activity trails open
Saturday 7th June: Gruffalo’s birthday party picnic
Friday 3rd October: Gruffalo’s child activity trails open
Venue: Wendover Woods