Celebrate with a Gruffalo

The Gruffalo activity trails in Kielder Water and Forest Park
The Gruffalo activity trails in Kielder Water and Forest Park

Families in Northumberland are invited into a deep dark wood to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the book, The Gruffalo.

Kielder Forest is hosting a Gruffalo trail and now The Great Gruffalo Forest Tour to celebrate the Julia Donaldson children’s classic.

He will visit Kielder Water and Forest Park on Friday, August 15, so that children and families can meet him and have their photograph taken with him in his native habitat.

The Gruffalo will be appearing at 11am, noon, 2pm and 3pm, around the grounds of Kielder Castle Visitor Centre.

The visit is part of The Great Gruffalo Forest Tour which kicked off at Haldon Forest Park in Devon in July and will take in all corners of England – Exeter, Kent, Suffolk, Cumbria and Northumberland, before finishing at Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean on Tuesday, August 19.

The Great Gruffalo Forest Tour is the latest 15th anniversary initiative organised by Forestry Commission England and Magic Light Pictures.

There are already 15 giant wooden sculptures of The Gruffalo hidden in selected forests across England for families to track down.

The 7ft-tall sculptures have been individually carved out of three-tone pieces of timber, each carefully selected from Forestry Commission sites.

For a great Gruffalo summer day out, families can also download a party pack to make the most of their time in the forest, which includes official bunting, flags, party invitations, recipes like Gruffalo crumble and scrambled snake quiche, and a range of games including Pin the wart on The Gruffalo, and What’s the time Gruffalo?

It can be downloaded for free at the Forestry Commission’s dedicated Gruffalo secton at www.forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo