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Gruffalo Trail attracts monster numbers to the Dean Heritage Centre

The Gruffalo Trail in Gloucestershire

With the opening of the brand new Gruffalo trail at the Dean Heritage Centre, the local tourist attraction and heritage centre has seen record numbers of visitors seeking the mouse and his cleverly conjured monster.

Following the grand opening, over 5,000 people have visited the Centre in just two weeks, which is a record number for the centre, located off the beaten track in Soudley.

A variety of schools and day care centres have greeted the Gruffalo, including children from Broadwell & Coalway Playgroup who were thrilled by the woodland trail.

Fiona Jones, from Broadwell, said: “I have been very, very impressed with the trail. It was even better than I was expecting it to be. What a fantastic display for families to enjoy!”

On Thursday 26th April, the Centre held a free day for Heart of the Forest Community Special School, the only school in the Forest of Dean serving children and young people with severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties and complex needs.

The children enjoyed a self-led tour of the Gruffalo trail and staff commented on how marvellous the trail is for youngsters describing it as ‘astounding’ with ‘sensational carvings’. Melissa Bradshaw, head teacher said: ‘All of the children were engaged by the Gruffalo trail and behaved beautifully throughout the trip’

The Gruffalo woodland trail will remain at the DHC throughout 2012 with an educational program also on offer for schools. The Gruffalo package can be adapted to suit the needs of the school and can be combined with team building and bush craft exercises to provide a comprehensive day of fun and learning.

Harri Le Claire, PR and Event Manager said: ‘The DHC is a great family day out as we have something for every age range. We have the fantastic Gruffalo trail, animals, an adventure playground, 5 galleries, a gift shop, a café, chainsaw carvers, interactive trails and much much more. A visit to the DHC is a celebration of all things great about the Forest of Dean and it’s fantastic that the Gruffalo trail is allowing more people to appreciate its rich history and heritage.’

For more information on the DHC please visit the new and improved website or call 01594 822170.

Picture courtesy of The Gruffalo, the author Julia Donaldson, the illustrator Axel Scheffler and Macmillan Children's Books, London.

Explore Gloucestershire
30 April 2012

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