Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Gruffalo Spotting at Dalby Forest #gruffalospotters

This weekend we headed up to North Yorkshire to go Gruffalo Spotting at Dalby Forest. Before arriving at the forest we had a rather long unplanned journey through the moors as we got very lost! It is beautiful up there though so we didn't mind too much! 

Chances are if you are a parent you will be familiar with the gruffalo (and every other Julia Donaldson book). You may even have been on one of the trails that have popped up over the last few years. We have visited a few of them and the boys really enjoy themselves.

The new Gruffalo spotting trail at Dalby Forest is a bit different. You download the Gruffalo Spotter app to your phone at home. Then head to the forest. Find the creatures footprints on the trail, point the app at them and the creatures come to life. It is a clever idea and the boys like watching the animals appear on screen and taking photos. It did prove difficult to get good photos of the boys with the creatures though!

As well as the app there is plenty more to see along the way. There are signs to find, clues to what the creature you find next might be and a large gruffalo and gruffalos child statue. And of course there is the forest to explore, puddles to jump in and we found some fab dens.
Activity packs are available at the visitor centre containing a spotters guide, stickers and activity sheets.

The walk is around 2 miles and is pushchair friendly. Of course there is much more to do than the Gruffalo Spotting trail.  Make a day of it by bringing a picnic,  walk some of the other trails or enjoy the fab play area outside the visitor centre.

Parking at Dalby Forest is £8 for the day. Activity Packs are £3.

Why not take a look at my recent post about The Room on the Broom trail. 

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