Last year around the UK many of the Forestry Commission Forests hosted Gruffalo Trails where children could follow a trail through the forest interacting with the characters from Julia Donaldson’s fantastic storybook The Gruffalo, over the winter these trails were changed and instead of featuring the Gruffalo they became Superworm Trails. We’re lucky enough to live near Thetford and earlier this year headed over to Thetford Forest for a day out and experienced the Superworm Trail when it first opened in the Spring. With 19 sites around the country, it’s worth hunting out your nearest one especially if you have Julia Donaldson fans in your children and experiencing the trail.
Thetford Forest is in East Anglia on the North Suffolk Border and a beautiful forest – high lodge the main visitors centre hosts the start of the Superworm trail as well as other facilities that are great for a family day out including bike hire, Go Ape and cafe’s as well as a very helpful visitor centre.
Parking at High Lodge is £2.20 an hour up to when you reach the day rate paid on exit of the area. There is an additional fee of £3.50 if you would like the extra information pack for your family which included extra activities as well as a copy of the Superworm book in miniature for the family to read say whilst they had a picnic on the tour.
The trail winds throughout the forest with boards that get the kids to think about the story as well as carry out activities as they go.
Simple things like identifying animals, jumping on the spot and acting out parts of the story.
Combined with the trail are all the features of Thetford forest that you would normally be able to access – like the musical playground (probably my favourite area).
As well as the different playgrounds.
We took around an hour and a half to go through and combined it with some of the free printable sheets from the Forestry Commission site Learning Downloads.
If you are visiting the UK this summer with kids, then finding one of the Superworm trails is a great outdoor activity for the family to do together.
Thetford Superworm Trail is open till 31 October from 9 am till 6 pm or earlier if High Lodge Closes earlier.