Gruffalo trail

A view through the trees of one of the carved wood characaters on the Gruffalo Trail

Official banner for the Gruffalo Trail

Various images of the Gruffalo Trail

Gruffalo trail for families: self-guided

Discover the magic of the Deep Dark Wood with this self-led trail searching for the amazing hand-crafted carvings of Gruffalo characters.

This trail helps children understand our native woodland and see it as a welcoming place. The Gruffalo trail takes about 45 minutes. Get a map at the Countryside Centre in Thorndon North - opens at 9am - for 70p, keep dogs on a lead and wear wellies!

There is no need to book to do the Gruffalo trail as a self-guided walk.

Gruffalo Day for school groups

Your class will experience the Deep Dark Wood that has made this story so popular with young children and adults alike. The hand-crafted carvings of Gruffalo characters and playful activities help children understand our native woodland creatures and make memories of a school trip that last a lifetime. The day is based around The Gruffalo story and may include activities such as:

  • Woodland trail – Problem-solving challenges and scavenger hunt
  • Animal homes – Explore the habitats of Owl, Mouse, Fox and Snake
  • Singing and storytelling – Bring the story and its characters to life
  • Animal dens – Create mini homes that real woodland creatures would like to move into
  • Act like an animal – Practice some animal talents that develop coordination and attention

Essex Country Parks has been granted licensed use of the Gruffalo characters for this purpose by Magic Light Pictures.

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Who is it for?

Ideal for EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. All our days can be adapted to your class and curriculum; please let us know any special requirements.

Where can you do it?


Self-guided families: 70p for a trail guide. School groups: £7.50 per child.

How to book

School groups need to book by calling 0345 603 7624. Families can do the self-guided Gruffalo trail without booking.