Saturday, 23 August 2014

A Day Out to Find the Gruffalo!

We recently spent a few rainy days in our beautiful family cottage (it's my in-laws but that means it virtually mine yes???). We always take the dog and as a special treat we always take her to the Wyre Forest on the way back. It is BEAUTIFUL! I have been there when preggers, with tiny babies and now with our toddlers. When we arrived we were overjoyed (OK the kids were overjoyed, we were quite pleased) to see that there was a Gruffalo trail there. So after an hour of the hardest, solid rain known to man, off we went, raincoats and all.

Along the way you see all the characters from the story - the mouse, the fox and...well there's no need to tell you as you know the story already. It is ingrained on our brains. We paid £2 for a little kit to help us with the trail that came with a poster, two little worksheets and some stickers. But you know what? I would just take the book with you and look at the animals in that, unless you fancy treating your little ones.


My little girl was so excited to not only be in charge of the dog but also was running along the path to find the animals. It was the first time that she really understood what was happening and really took part. She bloody loved it. I love the forest anyway so we all had lots of fun. My boy hadn't a clue what was going on but found the worlds biggest stick so was happy shouting "STICK" the whole time!


This is a really cheap and fun day out. There are lots of amazing places to discover and see there and loads of benches to eat your picnics. All you need to fork out for is £3 for parking for the whole day. You don't have to buy the book to do the trail. It was a fantastic way to end our very rainy holiday! For more about our holiday and places we visited (including a look at the Gruffalo Trail which is on till 30th Sept) take a look at our vlog which has all the lovely links underneath it:


   
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

36 comments:

  1. We did the one over in Cannock Chase a couple of months ago, and the kids LOVED it! As you say, cheap activity and lots of fun :)

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    1. SO much fun! And I like cheap lots! xxx

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  2. We have yet to do a gruffalo trail, but hoping to find one before J starts school.... so many people have said so many good things. Thank you for reminding me. #countrykids

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    1. Oh you really should! It is so much fun. We had such a good giggle xxx

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  3. What a fab place to stay! The trail looked like great fun and it's a great way to bring the story alive for children. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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    1. It really did - it was like being in the story. But obviously where the mouse was huge - you get the picture! xxx

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  4. It looks like so much fun and a wonderful adventure for the kids x

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  5. Looks like so much fun. Sadly my kids are all grown up!

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    1. Oh I am such a geek I would go without the kids! xxx

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  6. Looks fab. Hopefully we're hitting our local Gruffalo trail tomorrow. Love the video. Love your mum coat! xx

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    1. You know Mum coats are the way forward!!! xxx

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  7. We did this last week too. I agree though that you don't need the trail to do it. Lovely pics.

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  8. It looks great! I'd like to do it myself, but my kids are way too old and cool! Love that your boy still has his stick in the photo. What is it with kids and sticks? My boys always pick them up too.

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    1. Kids and sticks. Dogs and sticks and weirdly husbands and sticks xxx

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  9. Yes, a trip to WYRE FOREST to find the Gruffalo is on my to do list soon. I love forest anyway and the incentive of finding a Gruffalo is perfect. Looks like a fun trail :)

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    1. Yay do it! It is really fab - but not today. It is the worst weather ever today :( xxx

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  10. We did the Westonbirt Gruffalo Trail - it's great isn't it?! Love that the Gruffalo on your trail was asleep. And bloody sticks! What's the obsession with toddlers and sticks? I have a pile of them by the front door of all the ones that get collected on walks.

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    1. There must be all sorts of different types of gruffalos in different poses. Which pleases me greatly! xxx

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  11. That looks so much fun and I love the bright sunny rain coats

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    1. We did! Was good when it stopped bloomin raining. Grrrr xxx

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  12. this looks like such a fantastic trip! we would love to do that!

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments

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  13. Looks fab - love cheap places to get the kids running about and sounds like a great trail to keep them interested and happy! xx #magicmoments

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  14. Ah these are really lovely pictures x #MagicMoments

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  15. Still looking for a trail near us as I know my son would enjoy a trip like this! #countrykids

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    1. Oh check out the site there are lots about the place xxx

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  16. I think rainy days out are sometimes the best fun as you expect so little of them. Fun day out for sure

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    1. You know what? You could be right! xxx

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  17. I keep meaning to go to the one near us, I think if the weather holds out then we may have to go before my son goes back to school. Looks great and like you had lots of fun :) #magicmoments

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    1. We had so much fun - was a right giggle xxx

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  18. Ahhh, boys and sticks. The gruffalo is such a magical story and these trails look excellent. Lovely post :)
    #countrykids

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    1. Boys and husbands and dogs with sticks! They are all as bad as each other! xxx

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