“Lovely afternoon out with the family in the woods following the Gruffalo Trail. Grandsons love the freedom of climbing trees, throwing leaves, picking up sticks and having a good time. All the characters from the Gruffalo are beautifully carved. A great afternoon out just for the cost of the car park!” - from TripAdvisor
Discover the magic of the Deep Dark Wood with this self-led trail searching for the amazing hand-crafted carvings of Gruffalo characters.
This trail helps children understand our native woodland and see it as a welcoming place. The Gruffalo Trail takes about 45 minutes. Get a map at the Countryside Centre in Thorndon North - opens at 9.30am - for 50p, keep dogs on a lead and wear wellies!
There is no need to book to do the Gruffalo Trail as a self-guided walk.
Your class will experience the Deep Dark Wood that has made this story so popular with young children and adults alike. The hand-crafted carvings of Gruffalo characters and playful activities help children understand our native woodland creatures and make memories of a school trip that last a lifetime. The day is based around The Gruffalo story and may include activities such as:
Essex Country Parks has been granted licensed use of the Gruffalo characters for this purpose by Magic Light Pictures.
Ideal for EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. All our days can be adapted to your class and curriculum; please let us know any special requirements.
Self-guided families: 50p for a trail guide. School groups: £5 per child.
School groups need to book by calling 0345 603 7624. Families can do the self-guided Gruffalo Trail without booking.