The Gruffalo Spotters Trail at Westonbirt Arboretum

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  1. karen says:

    How lovely. Children always love the Gruffalo and I always think this place looks lovely x

  2. Clare M says:

    We have a new Gruffalo trail near us in Exeter at Haldon Forest – I reckon my 10 and 12 years olds would still enjoy finding the signs so I’ll have to give it a go. I agree it’s a shame it’s become linked to the phone – sign of the times, what was ever wrong with a pencil and a soggy map!

    • stoppingattwo says:

      Yes! A soggy map with a pencil that broke halfway round. Kids these days will never know….

  3. I loved all the trails we’ve done based on the Julia Donaldson books so had been wondering what the new app would be like – love the photos although I agree that it’s nice to get outdoors and away from phones too. #countrykids

    • stoppingattwo says:

      They really hit gold with the Julia Donaldson book trails didn’t they? They have been great.

  4. The Gruffalo trail looks great, our local one opens next week so we’re looking forward to trying out the app but I do agree it’s nice to appreciate being outdoors without phones etc. I think it’s a good way to entertain kids though, something a bit different from other trails.

  5. Coombe Mill says:

    I love the idea of this new Gruffalo trail, it is such a fun idea, though seeing the real live models is still better in my mind. I wonder if that’s what Freyja thought too? Gorgeous photos of Emily though, I used to find if one was playing up the others would be extra good so show them up even more! I really must get out to a participating forest and have a look for myself, if only I had a little one to humour me too!

    Thank you for sharing your forest Gruffalo adventure with me on #CountryKids

    • stoppingattwo says:

      If there is one close to you, I can lend you a couple of little ones to take with you. And I know they would both behave like little angels if you were there!

  6. Hayley Smith says:

    I really want to give this a try, they are doing it a Delamere Forest near us but we haven’t been yet. I love the virtual photos and Emily’s face when she’s next to the Gruffalo is brilliant. We have very few photos of Lucas these days as more often than not he is in a strop, espeically is he sees me trying to take a photo, kids eh?! Looks like a great day anyway!

    • stoppingattwo says:

      I will look forward to seeing how you get on with the one at Delamere then. I am so relieved to hear that Lucas behaves like Freyja!

  7. We love Westonbirt and that Wizard sculpture is a favourite. We should have been trying out this app at Wendover today, but had to postpone. As much as I’m a tech dinosaur, I know my son will love the added dimension to the trail #CountryKids

    • stoppingattwo says:

      Westonbirt is one of my favourite places! Looking forward to reading how you got on with the trail at Wendover when you do it.

  8. This is great. Have been on a few Gruffalo trails but never with the app – will look out for this. Thanks for sharing #countrykids

  9. Emma Tustian says:

    I’ve only ever once been to Westonbirt and would love to go back. This trail looks really nice, although I’m not a fan of apps. They just take up room on my phone and waste battery! #countrykids

    • stoppingattwo says:

      Westonbirt is brilliant – love having membership as it means we can appreciate it as it changes throughout the year

  10. Claire says:

    I like the idea of this app and trail but still like the real sculptures more. Emily’s face next to the Gruffalo’s child is great. It’s always difficult when one child is having a strop.

  11. What a lovely trip out. My Mum took my children to a Stick Man trail local to her and they all had a great time-even my 12 year old. I love the interactive app. Love the scared face photo! #countrykids

  12. Liz Burton says:

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    We’ve just tried this at our local woods and totally loved it despite my daughter being probably too old for it!

    Sorry to hear Freya had a strop – I totally know how that feels! ๐Ÿ™‚ #CountryKids

  13. All these trails popped up after we’d left the UK which is a shame as the kids all love the books and would have enjoyed them! Like the idea of the virtual character photos, that would definitely add interest for children ๐Ÿ™‚ #countrykids

  14. I love the sound of the new Gruffalo trails although I know what you mean about feeling sad that you’re viewing somewhere like this through a screen. It is such a wonderful way to bring the characters to life. Glad to hear Emily enjoyed it although sorry to hear that Freyja didn’t have such an enjoyable time. Love your new wellies! #countrykids

    • stoppingattwo says:

      Thank you! It is so rare that I buy any new clothes or shoes for myself that I can’t help getting a bit excited about my wellies!

  15. We are lovers of the gruffalo trails and have made the effort to do several but I’ve not seen one with an app! So wanting to try this out I will have to see if there is one local to us. I love the photos. Stopping by from #CountryKids

  16. Lauren M says:

    Sounds like a great idea. Anything that gets families outside is a good thing in my book. I can’t wait to do things like this when Finn is a bit older #CountryKids

  17. I love the idea of this new Gruffalo trail, I hope there is one near me. The totem pole looks very cool too, I love wood carvings! #countrykids

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