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Friday, 22 August 2014

The Gruffalo at Grizedale... and Whinlatter

“A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood….” Since 1999 young and not-so-young children have been enjoying the story of the Gruffalo – whom, by the way, my family and I are convinced lives in Grizedale Forest.

The Gruffalo at Grizedale

The Forestry Commission is celebrating the Gruffalo’s 15th birthday party this year with a series of events and activities for children and their families. From 11th April Grizedale and Whinlatter forests will have trails to follow, with activities at various points along each trail. A souvenir guide will be available for purchase at both forests. Regular readers of the cumbrialive website will know that I’m a fan of the forests already: this trail should be a superb way to engage the attention of the younger members of the family and get them interested in the outdoors.

Then in mid-June the forests will be having a picnic birthday party for the Gruffalo. For more information about this event, you can sign up for a downloadable party pack, which will be available soon, at http://www.forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo. On the same day Whinlatter will be unveiling a lifesize sculpture of the Gruffalo, currently being carved at a secret location! Grizedale of course doesn’t need a sculpture as that’s where the real thing lives….

Gruffalo clothing and toys will also be available at Forestry Commission shops and it’s worth having a look on pinterest - http://www.pinterest.com/fcommission/the-gruffalo-comes-to-the-deep-dark-wood/ - to get ideas for your Gruffalo party picnic!

Meanwhile over Easter other child-friendly events include Feathers and Fur where you can meet a live barn owl and dissect an owl pellet to find out what it’s been eating (Monday 14th April at Whinlatter; Tuesday 15th April at Grizedale) and Navigation Workshops at Grizedale on 14th and 16th. At Whinlatter Keswick Canoe and Bushcraft and Galloway Wild Foods are also running Easter holiday courses. For more information about all of these – some of which take place at nearby Dodd Wood - see www.forestry.gov.uk/whinlatter and www.forestry.gov.uk/grizedale.
 

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