For Families

The Dean Heritage Centre has a variety of different activities that are family friendly.

Whether you have young children or pre-teens, there’s always something new and exciting to explore on our activity trails and there are always new friends to be made in our woodland playground!

Indoor & Outdoor Activities

Interactive displays, loads of indoor fun!

Fully interactive and great fun, our indoor activity trails will help you to learn more about the centre and its fascinating exhibits.

There's always something new to learn and discover. Ask a member of our friendly team at the centre for more details during your visit.

Outdoor woodland trails with picnic spots

Head outside and explore using one of our outdoor  trails. Fully interactive and challenging, our outdoor activity trails will enable you to learn interesting facts about the Centre and its surroundings.

Our outdoor trails ensure there’s always something new to learn and discover. Ask a member of our friendly team at the Centre for more details during your visit.

Rainy Day Guarantee: Our Centre has both indoor and outdoor exhibits - but if you cannot enjoy the outdoor activities due to heavy rain and flooding, we'll give you a voucher to come back free of charge, within the following month, when the weather is better.

The Gruffalo Trail

Meet the Gruffalo deep in the woods

Our woodland trail is based on the much loved children's book, The Gruffalo. Set in amongst our five acre site, wander with the famous mouse as he makes his journey through the woodland surrounding the Dean Heritage Centre and meet the various animals along the way.

Along the trail you will discover how he gets out of some tricky situations and enjoy the brilliant story, whilst admiring these much loved character carvings.

We now offer 'Trail Only' tickets at £3.00 each (under 3's free) so you can come in and enjoy the trail and playground without paying to come into the Centre. Trail only tickets are available at weekends and during term time.Please note 'Trail Only' tickets are not available during school holidays until an hour before closing because of the extra free activities available or on Special Event Days. Check before travelling if you want to purchase a trail only ticket to check they are available on your chosen day. 01594 822170




Group of children by Gruffalo carving

Woodland Playground

Have fun and be active in our woodland playground

Our playground is having some new equipment installed and some older equipment replaced - do come along and try it out!

Complete with a swing, various climbing frames our playground is perfect for making new friends and learning new skills. There is a picnic table there for drinks and a sit down for grown-ups.

The Craft Hut

Let's get creative!

After exploring outdoors and around the fun activity trails in the museum, our Craft Hut is the perfect place for younger visitors to settle down and get creative. A great option on a rainy day!

The Craft Hut is open at weekends and during the school holidays.