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FREE: Stick Man is Coming to a Forest near you

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Update December 2018: Following the success of the Gruffalo, Stick Man and Highway Rat trails at Forestry Commission sites across England, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s magical children’s picture book, Zog, will be the new activity trail for families to enjoy in the nation’s forests this winter. Launching on 11 January 2019, the trails will follow the premiere of Zog from Magic Light Pictures, on BBC One this Christmas.

Following on from the success of the Gruffalo Trail, The Gruffalo’s Child and Superworm (and they really have been a success) the Forestry Commission is moving into this Winter with the Stick Man Trail. The new trail is open from around the end of November but check dates for your local trail below. It’ll be a lovely thing to do on a bright day in December or on a snowy winter day in hats, scarves and wellies.

You can read our reviews about the Gruffalo Childat Delamere here and Alice Holt here, or our reviews of the Gruffalo Child and Superworm to get an idea of what the Stick Man Trail will be like. The most important thing for me, is that it is FREE, it is outdoors and it is based on a book your children will no doubt have read endless times. What’s not to LOVE.

Stick Man trail locations
All trails will be open during normal forest opening hours. Please note that trail opening dates vary. See dates below.

North West
Grizedale Forest, Cumbria (1 December 2015)
Whinlatter Forest, Cumbria (1 December 2015)
Delamere Forest, Cheshire (28 November 2015)

North East
Hamsterley Forest, Durham (28 November 2015)
Kielder Forest and Water Park, Northumberland (December 2015)

Yorkshire and Humber
Dalby Forest, Yorkshire (28 November 2015)
Guisborough Forest, North Yorkshire (January 2016)

East Midlands
Fineshade Woods, Northamptonshire (30 November 2015)
Salcey Forest, Northamptonshire (30 November 2015)
Hicks Lodge, Leicestershire (5 December 2015)

West Midlands
Haughmond Hill, Shropshire (28 November 2015)
Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire (28 November 2015)
Wyre Forest, Shropshire (28 November 2015)

East England
High Lodge Thetford Forest, Norfolk (28 November 2015)

South West
Beechenhurst Lodge, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire (6 December 2015)
Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire (1 December 2015)
Haldon Forest Park, Exeter (December 2015)
Cardinham Woods, Cornwall (28 December 2015)

South East
Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire (28 December 2015)
Alice Holt, Surrey (9 December 2015)
Moors Valley Country Park, Dorset (5 December 2015)
Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent (28 November 2015)
Jeskyns, Kent (1 December 2015)
Thames Chase, Essex (1 December 2015)

For more information have a look at their website. We will definitely be there. Will you?

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  • Reply
    Kat | Beau Twins
    26th November 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Oh so Gruffalo, Super Worm and now Stick Man! Thanks hun, I see my woods is doing it from 28th! We always do the trail, so much fun. X

  • Reply
    carol stirmey
    30th November 2015 at 2:18 pm

    How amazing, Stick man near me in fineshade Woods, Northamptonshire today (30th)

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