Thursday, 19 February 2015

Our day exploring and searching for The Gruffalo

Wow, half term is flying by isn't it? I have managed to keep my two entertained and so far the highlight has been our day out to Bedgebury Pinetum.

We woke up to beautiful sunshine on Tuesday, so I thought it was a great opportunity to get out and explore. A friend of mine had been to Bedgebury Pinetum the day before and looking at her pictures I could see that it was somewhere that we would all enjoy,

At the moment, until the 28th February, there is a Gruffalo trail so I really wanted to visit before that ended. Its about an hour away from us so we packed up a picnic and set off fairly early, but even so, the car park was fairly full when we got there. It is obviously a very popular place and after visiting I can see why!

We picked up our Gruffalo packs from the visitor centre and started our hunt for the Gruffalo.

The trail we took was just over a mile long, we were purely looking for the Gruffalo and reading the information boards. But I could see that there were plenty other paths and areas to explore too.

In the middle of the trail we found The Gruffalo!

We carried on searching for Gruffalo plaques hidden in the trees, because each one had a letter written on it, and at the end we were able to unscramble the letters to make a word. It was so much fun!

We then headed over to the play areas, I don't think I was quite expecting them to be so big. So much to climb and explore, the children were in their element! Water buckets to pull up and tip out, pirate ships to explore, swings to swing, beams to balance and trees to climb! We simply did not have time to do it all!

We had such a fantastic day out, there is no doubt that we will be returning again, next time I might even let the children bring their bikes and scooters!

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