Looking for The Gruffalo at Westonbirt
Having not been for several months, we decided to pay a visit to Westonbirt Arboretum on Sunday. Freyja usually looks for the Gruffalo when we go, so we were looking forward to taking the Gruffalo Trail and coming face-to-face with him (or rather the 7ft wood-carved statue of him).
Unsure if Emily is just unimpressed or a little worried about her big sister pushing her
We followed the seasonal trail, as suggested by the volunteers at the entrance and soon found a log pile house with a little activity. Freyja wanted to know where the snake was, but seemed quite glad that he didn’t appear to be in his house. Walking through the woods we found more activity boards and found the fox, mouse and Gruffalo. Disappointingly, we missed the owl and the snake. We had stuck to the seasonal trail as suggested so can only assume these characters were somewhere else. After we had completed the trail, I spotted a sign by the restaurant about trail maps for £1. It was a shame these weren’t available at the entrance or at least been made aware of them.
Freyja finds a stick to act as protection against any snakes lurking in the logpile house
Every time we go to Westonbirt we find more and more things for Freyja to do within the arboretum, little dens to play in, wooden walkways and tree trunk stepping stones. There is plenty to keep her entertained but none of this spoils the look of the arboretum at all. Even the “Exploratree” play area by the cafe is made from beautifully carved wooden structures. Freyja had lots of fun playing in here and little Emily was desperate to join in. It’s definitely something to do after you have done everything else as neither of them were happy to leave.
Freyja having fun in the Exploratree
There are loads of lovely places for picnics in the arboretum, but our visit today was very much a “see what the weather is doing” impromptu trip so we hadn’t got a picnic organised. Instead we ate in the restaurant. It’s on the pricey side but the food is very good quality and yummy, so you don’t really feel ripped off. Our food arrived quickly, which is always a bonus with 2 hungry little people (and a hungry husband). We obviously had to have cake here too to make up for all the calories used up from our walk!
So all-in-all a lovely day out. It’s nice to see the modernisation to the entrance and signage around the arboretum and I will be very interested to see how the new entrance and car parking affects entry during the very busy autumn time. But before then, we will be back to Westonbirt to hunt down the owl and the snake and revisit our friend the Gruffalo.