We had asked on Facebook for idea’s of places to go for an after school picnic that wasn’t too far from home as we only had a couple of hours spare to go in. Loads of ideas were thrown up and one that particularly stood out was a Gruffalo Spotter Trail in Haughmond Hill which is just by Shrewsbury.
There is parking at the start of the trail but rather than 1 big car park there are a few smaller car parks going around some trees. The car park is pay and display and costs just £1 for up to 2 hours. We parked right next to some picnic tables and a picnic area but chose to get the full picnic effect by lying a blanket on the floor.
The trail itself is FREE , you are able to buy activity packs for just £3, However due to us not getting there until 4pm we were unable to purchase one as the cafe shuts at 3:30pm , we found this quite disappointing especially when the trail itself is open until 8:30pm. Luckily we had taken our own picnic and drinks but had we have wanted to buy a cold drink on a hot day the option wouldn’t have been there. Most children finish school about 3pm so I would have thought with it being aimed at small children maybe something would have been open.
There is an app that goes alongside the trail but we were unable to get a good enough signal while we were there to download it. We decided that we would still do the trail and see what we could find despite not having the activity pack or app.
Searching for clues
Annabelle who is 7 really enjoyed looking for the clues
It was one of those parenting moments when I looked at her and thought she’s still just a little girl. She genuinely loved every part of it and reciting the book so that we knew which animals too look out for. Before we found each animal there were clues to find, then we tried to guess which animal was coming next by those clues.
I thought this was a fantastic idea and Freddie really learnt from it, being about to turn 3 the world is still very new to him and he learnt about a mouse, a fox, an owl and a snake before finding the Gruffalo itself.
We did find it very sad when we got to one of the clues to find that vandals had destroyed it, not only had they destroyed the actual clue but we also found the temporary one on the floor.
Despite not being able to fully use the trail to its full potential we really enjoyed it. It says on the website that it is aimed at very small children yet we all thoroughly enjoyed it as a family and I would say that Annabelle probably enjoyed it the most, In fact we enjoyed it so much we are going to go back again during the day so we can do the whole thing properly. I would definitely recommend it. oh yes and I almost forgot we found the Gruffalo!!
If the kids are under your feet and you’re looking for somewhere fun, educational and very cheap ( we literally paid a pound for the car park and have a fantastic time) Then a Gruffalo Trail is for you!
I actually Vlogged our experience and you can find it over on YouTube , please feel free to subscribe whilst you’re over there and if you enjoy the Vlog give me a little thumbs up I would really appreciate it.
We had a fantastic time at the Gruffalo Trail why don’t you visit one too! There are over 26 different sites so there may be one near to you 🙂