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The Magical Woodland Puzzlewood

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On Good Friday we got up with the birds at 6.30am to set off down to Gloucester and miss the bank holiday traffic. We had arranged to meet the lovely Karen from Stopping at Two and her family at Puzzlewood, a magical woodland in the Forest of Dean. I have been lusting after a visit to Puzzlewood since I first read Karen’s blog post back in September 2014.

We drove down the M6 from the Wirral in driving rain and a number of times wondered if we were doing the right thing. But miraculously at 10.30 when we arrived the rain stopped and it started to brighten up.  We donned the rain coats, wellies and umbrellas and headed into Puzzlewood to meet Stopping at Two!

Whilst we were waiting (only ten minutes) we found the playground and willow maze which is just after the entrance. Everything was very wet but good fun all the same.

Karen and her family arrived and we set off en masse into the woods with our Easter Egg hunt word searches! We needed to find some large eggs hanging in the forest and find the shapes in the word search.  For those with younger children this is definitely a sling rather than a pram sort of walk. There are loads of steps, stepping stones and slippy banks. It was tricker than it would have been on a dry day but we had the right clothes on so it didn’t matter too much if the kids fell over a bit, which I think they all did at one time or another.  A good tip is to have a pack of wet wipes, to wipe those hands – thankfully Karen had some!

It is actually difficult to describe how magical the wood is, so I will leave the pictures to explain (the pictures should scroll through at the top of the post but if they don’t just click on the arrow to the right) but we walked round in awe.  It really was beautiful. The kids loved all the different stepping stones and paths and we just marvelled at how the woodland had grown in such a magical way.

In addition to the wood itself, there is a little indoor track with cars for the Under 5’s to play on, and an indoor maze.  There are also some animals to see including some very big pigs, chickens, donkeys, shetland pony and ducks.

After we had completed the woodland walk, we were lucky enough to be able to sit outside and eat our picnic as the weather was bright enough. There is a cafe inside and plenty of tables but you can’t eat your own food inside, so this might have been tricky if the rain hadn’t stopped!  There is a little playground for the tiny ones where you eat your picnic, and a sandpit which the 5 children we had with us under 5 all enjoyed.

We left with 5 exhausted but happy children and resolved to meet up with the lovely Stopping at Two family again very soon.

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  • Reply
    6th April 2015 at 8:07 am

    Was so lovely seeing you.
    Glad you enjoyed Puzzlewood 🙂

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    Sarah Christie
    6th April 2015 at 8:28 pm

    Wow Karen, this place looks the most magical place ever, just stunning like a fairy garden almost x

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    7th April 2015 at 10:14 pm

    This looks like a fantastic place to visit and I’m glad you all got to spend a wonderful day together. Hopefully the sun will be be shining and the ground will be dry the next time you meet up! xxx

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    8th April 2015 at 3:56 pm

    This sounds just lovely! Thank you for sharing.

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    Caro | The Twinkles Mama
    8th April 2015 at 4:59 pm

    Aaah what a magical place!! 🙂 The Forest Of Dean holds a special place in my hear anyway as my boy and I got married at Clearwell Castle. I can’t wait to go back and take the boys! We’ll visit Puzzlewood when we go!

    Caro |

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    Mummy to boyz
    8th April 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Wow what an early start but it sounds like it was worth it – I love it when the weather breaks when you are not expecting it too #travelwithkids

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    11th April 2015 at 9:42 am

    This isn’t too far from us, I’d like to make a visit. Sounds like our kind of place.

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    Coombe Mill
    11th April 2015 at 3:40 pm

    This looks like a great day out, with plenty of magical areas of the forest to explore. The girls look like they’re having a great time exploring together, an early start means nothing to young adventurers! Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids.

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    Jen Palmer
    11th April 2015 at 6:55 pm

    This sounds like a lovely place, my best friend moved to Gloucester at the end of last year so I will be taking my daughter for a weekend soon and hopefully we will get out and see some lovely things 🙂 Thanks for linking up with #travelwithkids

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    11th April 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Now that does look like a rather magnificent place! Love those trees!!!

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    11th April 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Oh this looks amazing, but even more so THE UMBRELLA, love it!

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    Ickle Pickle
    14th April 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Oh wow, this place looks so amazing and magical! I love woodlands, and would love to go to this one. Thank you for linking up to #TravelwithKids

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    Toby Hora
    17th April 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Great prize!

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