When I found out last week ( via Facebook) that there was a Room on the Broom trail at Anglers Country Park in Wakefield I couldn’t wait to take the boys along. Last year we visited the Gruffalos Child trail at Whinlatter Forest and Seb still talks about it now so I they would enjoy it, Room on the Broom like the Gruffalo is written by the fabulous Julia Donaldson and tells the story of a witch, her broom and some friends she picks up along the way.
The trail opened on March 5th 2015 and we popped along on Saturday afternoon after our morning at Brewers Fayre. Saturday was a beautiful day and the park was really busy, it took a bit of time for us to get a parking spot but that was fine as Alex had fallen asleep in the car anyway. I had never actually been to Anglers Country Park before but had heard quite a bit about it from other people.
We went into the visitors centre first where they were giving out brown bags for the trail with stickers, pencils and some activities to do. The woman on reception said it had been busy all day, she was really friendly and told us where we needed to go.
We set off on our walk around the huge lake. Right at the start we found the witch and the cat sat on the broom much to the delight of the boys and it got us excited for the rest of the trail to come.
The walk is essentially a big circle around the huge lake, it is a 2 mile walk all together and is pushchair friendly so even the youngest of book fans can come along. As well as the sculptures there are also sets of footprints to be found and rubbings to take in your activity book. There are also various benches if you need a sit down or if you want to stop, enjoy the sunshine and take in the view
Of course we were all excited to get to the broom at the end and it was lovely that the boys could sit on it. We all really enjoyed the trail, it is great to see a favourite book come to life.As well as the trail the park is a lovely place to walk, the lake was looking beautiful and there was plenty to do from looking at the swans to wildlife spotting and playing on the lovely play area. We will definately be heading back there for walks when the weather is good.