Gruffalo Trail

Our woodland trail is based on the much loved children's book, The Gruffalo. Wander with the famous mouse through a series of carved montages depicting the story of the Gruffalo written by Julia Donaldson along a short trail that runs alongside the brook. Along the trail you will discover how the mouse gets out of some tricky situations and enjoy the brilliant story, whilst admiring these much-loved character carvings. Come along and enjoy this wonderful story with your family in the beautiful Forest of Dean. We are a woodland site with gravel paths but the trail is easily negotiable for buggies. 

Dogs are not allowed on the trail as it is in the Museum grounds, but they are very welcome in the Heritage Coffee Shop, on the balcony and in the gift shop. 

The figures were carved by Clayton Ryder, our Site Manager and internationally renowned chainsaw carver. Examples of his work can be seen around the site, and he is regularly seen creating new works of art with his chainsaw in his workshop at the top of our car park. 

There is no need to book, and tickets can be purchased at Reception. 

The Gruffalo Trail is included with our standard tickets, but we also have Gruffalo Trail only tickets available. Gruffalo Trail Only Ticket: £3.60.  Available every day the Centre is open.

* Please check Winter opening times before travelling.


Woodland Playground 

Have fun and be active in our woodland playground at the end of the Gruffalo Trail 

Our playground has had a come along and try it out! Complete with a swing, monkey bars, climbing areas and slide our playground is perfect for making new friends and learning new skills. It was very important to us that our playground was made with sustainability in mind, and we drew inspiration from the local area.