I am a huge fan of The Gruffalo, it’s one of my favourite books to read to the children and one of the only ones I find easy to get into the characters when reading out loud.
The children also love the story and Carly was absolutely ecstatic when I told her we were heading off to Moors Valley to meet the Gruffalo and go on the Interactive Gruffalo Trail!
The self led trail is one of 26 around the UK, where families can bring the characters of the well known tale to life using a unique augmented reality app. The Gruffalo Spotter app is available for free with no in-app purchases from both the App Store and Google Play and is quick and simple to load and use as you walk around the trail.
What I absolutely loved was how magical it was for children. Carly found it so strange that the characters weren’t there until I pointed my phone at the special landmark and she enjoyed posing for photos with mouse, fox, owl and snake and of course the Gruffalo himself!
The activity got us walking around in nature, something I usually shy away from. As we were engrossed with finding the next clue and loading up the app at each spot we clocked up the walking without me even noticing until the end when I felt good for getting fresh air and exercise.
Carly’s excitement grew as we walked around the trail, culminating in great delight, and only a small amount of trepidation, when we finally reached the infamous creature with the knobbly knees and purple prickles all over his back!
The trail is free of charge, although you can purchase a Gruffalo spotters kit from reception for a small charge. This kit includes animal facts, tips for tracking wildlife, a bag to collect your evidence, a magnifying glass and a pencil. Moors valley doesn’t charge an entrance fee, although parking charges do apply.
As well as all the Gruffalo fun, Carly also had a great time playing in the play area and feeding the ducks by the lake. Although we didn’t go on the train this time, the children have been on previous visits to Moors Valley and it’s a firm favourite.
We were invited to Moors Valley as guests and provided with an activity kit and free parking for the purpose of checking out the new attraction to the park. All views and opinions are my own.