Gruffalo’s Child Trail and Gruffalo App

Gruffalo's Child TrailFollowing on from the success* of the anniversary celebrations of The Gruffalo** The Forestry Commission England, in conjunction with Magic Light Pictures, are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the book The Gruffalo’s Child. There’s no better way to help develop children’s knowledge of the world, language development, sensory learning and numeracy than by getting them out discovering all that nature has to offer. Friday 3rd October 2014 saw the opening of 24 woodland activity trails to encourage children to get back to nature. The Gruffalo’s Child left her comfortable cave and has gone into the deep dark wood until February 2015, inspiring children to explore and learn about nature. We took a Gruffalo Picnic with us too.

Gruffalo's Child Trail

We purchased activity packs (£2 each) which included a foraging bag (so we had somewhere to put the woodland materials we collected on our way), a Gruffalo’s Child activity leaflet (packed with fun), a colouring-in sheet and Gruffalo’s child sticker. You could do the trail without the packs though.

Gruffalo's Child Trail








Supporting the Early Years Foundations Stage and Key Stage 1 Curriculums the trail was prefect for my youngest two boys. My 7 year old got really stuck in and it was a delight to hear what a confident reader he has become. The Sensory Seeker we kept encouraging him to read the repeating sign this said “This way” every time we saw one.

Gruffalo's Child Trail

The packs are designed to encourage children to learn even more about the behaviour of animals in autumn and winter. The trail is self-led, which meant that the boys could go at their own pace. We searched for animal tracks, had the opportunity to create Gruffalo and animal footprints, used our imaginations to grow like trees, found materials which we thought would keep animals warm in winter, and built animal homes.

Gruffalo's Child Trail
We went to Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean and unfortunately the letters weren’t on the hanging signs (to unscramble the word) but this is hopefully going to be rectified soon.

Gruffalo's Child Trail

The Gruffalo’s Child Forest Trail Locations

The app allows you to see which of The Gruffalo’s Child 24 Forest Trail Locations are closest to you, then allowing you to access directions there. It does not differentiate between which ones have the sculptures or not though.

Gruffalo Sculpture

The list below shows the locations of the Gruffalo’s Child activity trails, those marked with an asterisk are also home to one of The Gruffalo’s 7ft sculptures.

  1. Alice Holt Forest, Surrey*
  2. Moors Valley Country Park*
  3. Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, Kent*
  4. High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Suffolk*
  5. Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire*
  6. Jeskyns, Gravesend, Kent
  7. Birches Valley Forest, Cannock Chase*
  8. Delamere Forest, Cheshire*
  9. Hicks Lodge, Derbyshire
  10.  Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire*
  11.  Salcey Forest, Northamptonshire
  12.  Top Lodge, Fineshade*
  13.  Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean
  14.  Haldon Forest Park, Exeter, Devon*
  15.  Westonbirt, the National Arboretum, Gloucestershire* – NOTE THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD TRAIL DOES NOT START UNTIL DECEMBER 1ST
  16.  Cardinham Woods, Bodmin, Cornwall
  17.  Haughmond Hill, Shropshire
  18.  Wyre Forest, Worcestershire*
  19.  Dalby Forest, Yorkshire*
  20.  Guisborough Forest, North Yorkshire
  21.  Whinlatter Forest, Nr Keswick, Cumbria*
  22.  Hamsterley Forest, Country Durham*
  23.  Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland
  24.  Grizedale Forest, Nr Hawkshead, Cumbria

See what ChelseaMama thought of the trail at Moors Valley

Gruffalo's Child Trail

Forestry Commission Discovery Passes vary in price from £20-£55 for annual membership. For more information visit

Gruffalo's Child Trail

Gruffalo Photo App

Gruffalo Photo App

To accompany the trails Magic Light Pictures have launched a Gruffalo Photo App. Designed to encourage children to explore their surroundings the app enables children to take pictures and personalise them with 4 exclusive Gruffalo frames and Gruffalo stickers. These include characters such as The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Mouse etc, and phrases and other artwork from the iconic picture book. Now children can make a #GruffaloSelfie utilising the stickers.

Gruffalo Photo App

Not only that but it comes with lots of suggestions of things children can think about and take pictures of – such as the tallest tree, something green, using natures objects to make a picture.

Gruffalo's Child Trail

Gruffalo: Photo is available to download for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and iPad Mini and is priced at £1.49. It follows the successful Gruffalo: Games – which saw over 250,000 plays in the first three weeks. Offering the same features (no in-app purchases or advertising) Gruffalo: Photo also automatically saves the photos to the stickerbook and not the camera roll, with secure features preventing accidental deletion, sharing and printing. To add the delete/export button is a simple switch of a button in the settings. I am sure I saw pictures utilised by the app that were not taken with the app  but unsure how this was done.

Gruffalo Photo App

You can reverse the camera allowing you to take a #GruffaloSelfie

Gruffalo Photo App

The boys absolutely loved the app. The only problems I found were that it slowed them down even more – so much sure you have plenty of time. I do not know how comfortable I was with my husband letting him lose with his iPhone though – so would like to see it available on other devices. I guess we were supervising them though.

Gruffalo Glasses

The anniversary year also sees the launch of Gruffalo reading frames with Specsavers along with other new and exciting product ranges including luxury wooden toys from Bajo and anniversary publications from Macmillan’s Children’s Books.

* The Gruffalo trails led to an increase in visitors of a third in some forests, with more than 10,000 children met and had their photo taken with The Gruffalo .Over 56,000 signed up to receive email updates on the trails in the first few months of the project.

** a fast growing classic brand based on the best-selling books written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Gruffalo meet

About Magic Light Pictures

Magic Light Pictures (@MagicLightPics) makes imaginative entertainment for audiences, families and children worldwide. The company creates high quality films and products and has built the wonderful Gruffalo brand over many years.  Its filmmaking includes feature films such as Oscar-nominated animation Chico & Rita, comedy thriller Wild Target and natural history documentary One Life. The company directly manages production, licensing, global distribution and marketing.  Magic Light has sold its Oscar and BAFTA-nominated half-hour animated films, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, to over 80 broadcasters worldwide.  It runs an international merchandising programme with over 40 licensees and 250 products.  In 2012, the company launched Room on the Broom – based on the best-selling book by Donaldson and Scheffler – with a Bafta and International Emmy-winning half-hour animation and a growing range of merchandise.



I received the Gruffalo Photo App for free in order to review it. All words, photos and opinions are my own.

12 thoughts on “Gruffalo’s Child Trail and Gruffalo App”

  1. I have heard such good things about these trails, we don’t have one super close to us but it sounds as though it is worth making the effort to travel a little way. The app looks fantastic, I love the idea of giving children ideas of things to take photographs of, my son loves it when I do something similar around the house, what a great way to get them to really look at their surroundings.

  2. We went to Wendover this weekend to do the trail. I think it was better than the Gruffalo one earlier in the year, although we didn’t bother with the pack…last time we did and only got a leaflet/map, so better value now.

    N refused to have his photo taken with the Gruffalo because he wanted to know where the G’s Child was, as that’s the trail we were on!

  3. I have seen a few posts about this and it looks fantastic, I will have to try and get there with A as the Gruffalo is one of her favourite stories

  4. We are members at Westonbirt so intending on doing this when it starts there, however, Forest of Dean isn’t too far away so now you have tempted me to go there rather than having to wait until December….
    Love your pictures

  5. What an informative post, I’m sure many people will be thankful you’ve put all the different bits of information up for them all to share. It looks like the boys had a fabulous time and I love the idea of using the app to support the trail to make it even more hands on and fun. thanks for linking up with Country Kids

  6. I kept on reading about this trail and was looking for one near me but dont know where to look. Thanks for the list. The nearest one me is the one at Exeter. Still far tho and needs a lot of planning. Hopefully we can get there soon as my son loves this book! Hopefully this half term but if not soon =) #countrykids

  7. We went on a trail in the New Forest, no scultpures there, but lots of fun! I think we’ll venture to another one with the sculptures now though as it looks like you had a great time!

  8. Thank you so much for this, I’m downloading the photo app now as I think it will be really fun to do alongside the activity trail.


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