Autumn’s here and that means bright, crisp days crunching through leaves, followed by a steaming hot chocolate. Get the kids’ boots on, it’s time to explore…
Oh no! It’s a Gruffalo
If you dare to venture into the deep dark wood this autumn, you’ll find The Gruffalo’s Child has followed her dad The Gruffalo out of his comfy cave for a forest trail adventure. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the infamous The Gruffalo’s Child book, self-led activity trails can be discovered in 24 Forestry Commission forests across England from now until February 2015. The Gruffalo’s Child trails lead you through the forests using activity boards to help kids discover nature at a time of the year when woodlands are at their most magical. Plus, your own little monsters can grab an activity pack (£2 each), which will include a foraging bag, a fun-packed activity leaflet, a colouring-in sheet and a special Gruffalo’s Child sticker.
Forestry Commission England: Admission free. forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo
Welcome to the jungle
Nestling in a giant crater overlooking St Austell Bay in Cornwall, The Eden Project is a global garden housed in tropical biomes that nestle in an area the size of 30 football pitches. The place is educational, yes, but it’s also flipping amazing – where else can you trot around the steamy rainforests of the Amazon one minute, then with a skip and a jump, find yourselves ambling amongst the orange and lemon trees of the Mediterranean? And this autumn, you can check out the biomes in a brave new way, thanks to SkyWire – the longest zip wire in England and also the fastest, clocking up to 60mph. At 660 metres high, dads with acrophobia best leave it to the kids (age, height and weight permitting).
Eden Project: Children £13.50 (under-4s go free); Adults: £23.50. For cheaper deals, go online for advance tickets. edenproject.com
SkyWire flight: £15. www.edenproject.com/visit-us/whats-here/adventure-activities/zip-wire
Forest gets a magical makeover
With dazzling visuals and amazing designs set against an atmospheric music score, the Enchanted Forest is an outdoor sound and light show that brings pyrotechnic displays, water features, faeries, witches and bogeymen to Faskally Wood, near Pitlochry, Scotland, until 23 October. You’ll be free to wander the forest in all its lit-up glory in your own time, while handy maps are provided to help explore the caves, woodland and floodlit trails. This year the theme of the show is Scottish myths and legends, and it’s sure to have the kids gasping in awe – it wasn’t named the Best Cultural Event at the 2013 Scottish Event Awards for nothing.
Enchanted Forest: Children: £2; Adults: £10.75. www.enchantedforest.org.uk
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