Whilst staying in London, we decided to take a drive over to Essex to visit Thorndon Country Park and have a go at The Gruffalo Trail. It didn't disappoint. I've wanted to take Milo on this trail for a while now, but hadn't had the opportunity unfortunately.
When visiting, you take the drive to Thorndon Countrypark in Brentwood, Essex and make sure you park at Thorndon Countrypark North. We went during the holidays and, despite the cold and mud, the car park was absolutely jammed so be prepared to drive around a while looking for a parking spot if you go during busy times.
Upon arrival, step in to the friendly visitor's centre and ask for a Gruffalo Trail map for just 50p. This little map will not only help your little ones find the wonderful creatures from The Gruffalo, but it will add an extra element of fun to the trip too.
Not all of the animals are in obvious spots, so make sure to keep your wits about you or ask a passer by for help, which we did a couple of times. Everyone was incredibly friendly and there was quite a buzz in the air with children squeeling in delight upon finding the next creature and adults telling their kids to smile as they snapped a photo of them ha ha.
There had been a ridiculous amount of rain in the days before we visited The Gruffalo Trail, so the ground underfoot was often wet and incredibly muddy. It would have been pretty tough to drive a small-wheeled buggy through, so I would recommend bringing a carrier/sling with you on wet days.
It was lovely to combine a walk through the woods, taking in some fresh air, with a special treat to excite the little ones. Milo took the job of looking for the animals very seriously and there were lots of opportunities to say goodbye to each animal and talk to them which was fun.
Toilet facilities, a little gift shop and picnic tables are all to be found and there is indoor seating in the cafe which sells affordable food, with friendly service. This all makes The Gruffalo Trail a fun and cheap day out for all the family. More photos of our time at Thorndon Country Park can be seen below....
Thorndon Country Park opening hours: 9.30am - 5pm
Pay and display car park £2.20
Trail maps 50p
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