The Mice Took A Stroll Through a The Deep Dark Wood…

This year I’ve decided that January is not a depressing month, it’s just a state of mind. Yes, it’s a cold month and yes we’re suffering the financial hang-over of Christmas but it’s just another month. I don’t really do new year’s resolutions but this year, I am making an effort to enjoy January. I recently read this wonderfully positive post by Mummy of Boy Girl Twins, which really opened my mind to ‘beating the January blues’.

With that said, I made a little list of free activities or ‘adventures’ in our area and today, with the sun shining, we headed off on our first adventure. The girls have long enjoyed The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child books (by Julia Donaldon and Axel Scheffler) and watched the TV adaptations until they know the words off by heart. So I’m sure you’ve guessed by now, we went on one of the Forestry Commission’s many Gruffalo’s Child Trails. There are 24 trails dotted around the country and our nearest one was at Alice Holt in Surrey.

We all had a great time walking around the forest, following the trail and finding a different character from the books around each corner. Luckily we all had our wellies on as it may have been a sunny day but the ground was muddy and pretty wet. I think this made the day even better for the girls as they love splashing around in ‘muddy puddles’ – Peppa Pig has a lot to answer for! We climbed into a ‘log-pile house’ and a giant wooden owl (as well as a random huge butterfly, which doesn’t feature in the books but it was pretty and the girls loved it), we hunted out the cut-out characters and had a truly fun family day out.

Here are some of my favourite shots or should I say ‘captured moments’ from the day…


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  1. January 11, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    Thanks for the mention! Glad you enjoyed the post! And WOW what a fab place this looks, and what stunning pics! The girls look so cute. We have started to really like reading the Gruffalo in our house, and this look super. Jess 🙂 x

  2. January 12, 2015 / 2:54 pm

    Ah we went on a gruffalo trail, great aren’t they? You are lucky to have had a dry day- we have had nothing but rain here!
    Thank you so much for joining in with our #HappyDaysLinky xxx

  3. January 13, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    What lovely piccies 🙂 I must find a gruffalo trail near us xx

  4. January 13, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    Great pictures! We did the trail with a Gruffalo obsessed child and loved it 🙂 #pointandshoot

  5. January 13, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    Gorgeous photo’s, what a lovely way to while away a day with the children 🙂 #PointShoot

  6. January 13, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    These Gruffalo walks look amazing. Can’t wait for Molly to be old enough to appreciate going to a place like this and enjoying it as much as your girls look like they did. #pointshoot

  7. January 13, 2015 / 9:17 pm

    Oh this looks magical x

  8. January 15, 2015 / 8:57 am

    This looks fab! My eldest would love it. Is it buggy suitable though? The baby is getting too heavy to carry these days! X

    • January 17, 2015 / 7:15 pm

      Yes, it’s totally buggy, scooter and bike friendly!! You should do it, such a fun (and cheap) family day out. xx

  9. January 15, 2015 / 1:58 pm

    lovely photos, it’a days outlook these that I’m looking forward to doing again as my next baby grows #capturedMoments

  10. January 15, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    That looks really fun!! will have to take mine there they will love it!! #mycapturedmoment

  11. January 15, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    This looks like such a wonderful day! Fabulous pictures huni. Thanks for linking up to #PointShoot xx

  12. January 17, 2015 / 12:42 am

    A wonderful day out and well done the forestry commission for an inspired trail. I am so with you on not making January a dull month, like you I don’t do resolutions and I don’t give give up alcohol or start a diet and I’m do enjoy January! It may be harder to find the good days for a family outing but when you can they somehow feel like bonus time. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos on Country Kids, the children look wrapped up and cosy in the chilly January air.

  13. January 17, 2015 / 6:33 am

    Ahhh I love it!!
    Looks so lovely! I love the giant wooden owl he’s wonderful!!
    I think you’re right about the mud making it more fun too!! Xx

  14. January 17, 2015 / 8:10 am

    The Forestry Commission do some wonderful things – what amazing play spaces you have there! My two have grown out of The Gruffalo which I am very sad about 🙁

  15. January 17, 2015 / 8:14 am

    Beautiful pictures, we loved the Gruffalo trail near us too, so lovely for something familiar to be in the woods for them to explore. I love that huge wooden owl, looks beautiful stood there. #countrykids

  16. January 17, 2015 / 8:49 am

    What a wonderful day out – we are heading to our local Gruffalo trail today – hope we have as much fun #countrykids

  17. January 17, 2015 / 9:45 am

    I love these Gruffalo trails everywhere – such a great way to get kids more involved with getting out and about it.
    Love that huge wooden owl to play on too!

  18. January 17, 2015 / 10:11 am

    Looks like a lovely forest-I do like the Gruffalo trails. It can be tricky getting the motivation to get out sometimes, but it really does make a difference doesn’t it.

  19. January 17, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    We went to Alice Holt for little man’s Birthday. I must say it was my least favourite Gruffalo trail. Thordon Country park is good as lots of sculptures, but I like the normal sculptures that are here x

  20. January 17, 2015 / 5:21 pm


    Wow that log pile house looks amazing! We recently went on a Gruffalo trail, not one of the Forestry Commission ones, as it is also my daughters favourite books at the moment. She has both the Gruffalo and Gruffalos child soft toys and they are part of her bedtime collection!

    Lovely photos.


  21. January 17, 2015 / 6:51 pm

    I grew up not far from there but it looks so much better these days. the Gruffalo Trails are so much fun aren’t they #CountryKids

  22. January 18, 2015 / 8:44 am

    I always wanted to walk on a Grufallo trail. Cuz it looks so much fun to do like this trip of yours! #countrykids