FREE: Superworm Trail in Hamsterley Forest
Following on from the success of the Stickman, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child trails, Spring saw the launch of the Superworm Trail by the Forestry Commission. You can take part in a self-led Superworm activity trails in forests across England until October 2015. For more information click here.
“Superworm is super-long. Superworm is super-strong. Watch him wiggle! See him squirm! Hip, hip, hooray for SUPERWORM!”
The trail has been designed to have elements that are suitable for children aged 3-6 and other elements that will appeal to 6-8 year olds. As mine are 4,4,and 5 they are the perfect age for this. So on an overcast August bank holiday in Bishop Auckland we made our way to Hamsterley Forest, with wellies and waterproofs just in case.
Grandma bought the activity sheet from the visitors centre for £3.50 and a copy of the book and off we set!
First it was over the bridge with an opportunity to play Pooh Sticks. Since our glamping trip to the Forest of Bowland the girls can’t pass a rive and a bridge without throwing some sticks in.
Then it was onto the little activity park, with rolling logs and monkey bars to climb on.
The Superworm signs and activity leaflet combined gave you little activities to do at every sign. For me I think the Superworm trail missed the characters in the trees like the Gruffalo had, and given how little these must cost I don’t know why the didn’t do this. Instead the Gruffalo ones are still up. That didn’t seem to bother the kids too much, but maybe something for the Forestry team to think about for the next one.
As ever in the forest the kids had great fun building dens and this time they ‘fished’ for leaves with the string provided in the activity bag.
As we got half way round the trail, and towards the large adventure playground, it was 12.00 and time for lunch. So we stopped for a very British picnic; by which I mean we started to eat our picnic lunch and then it started to rain! The light rain didn’t stop play though and the kids finished their lunch and played around on the playground for quite a while.
We started to finish the trail but rain then did stop play as the slightly annoying thing about the end of the Superworm trail at Hamsterley is that the second part of it just doubles back on itself, so as you walk out you know you just have to walk back the same way. If you have small children or less time, it works really well just to stop at activity No5, play on the playground, eat a picnic and head back.
We had hoped to stop for coffee and cake in the visitors centre cafe before we went home, but as it was a very wet bank holiday it was far too full. We did take the opportunity to buy good cake though to eat once home.
At just £4 per car to park at Hamsterley, the Superworm Trail is very good value particularly for a day out at August Bank holiday.