The Gruffalo Trail at Astley Park

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Last summer we had a really fun day out with Mr MoaB's family at Astley Park in Chorley where they'd opened up a fantastic new playground.

I was keen to take Little Miss A back so our visit up North at Christmas provided the perfect opportunity. We all needed some fresh air and a walk. Little did I know that there would be the added bonus of a Gruffalo Trail!

The Trail is set around the Walled Garden. It's not a very long trail but was fun for the kids to run around spotting the characters. It was lovely to see Little Miss A's cousins helping her to find them all.





There was a really nice sculpture of the Gruffalo as well!


We also spent some time in the playground. Of course Little Miss A had to go on the zip wire! I had visions of her falling off into the massive muddy puddle underneath, but thankfully she held on tight!




We also popped into Pets Corner where Little Miss A had a close encounter with a bearded dragon. It's free to go in (donations are welcomed) and have a wander to see the animals including snakes, rabbits, birds and more.


The kids enjoyed a final play in the smaller playground before we decided we all needed to warm up with a hot drink in the Cafe.

It was a really great morning. We certainly packed a lot in and it was just what we needed to blow away the cobwebs. There were just a few other people in the playgrounds but we had the Trail and Pets Corner to ourselves when we did these. It was nice to find the Gruffalo Trail as it still remains one of our favourite books. This really is such a nice Park to visit.


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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10 Responses to “The Gruffalo Trail at Astley Park”

  1. This looks like a great place to go with the kids, there's so much to see and do! It's great that you found the gruffalo trail, they really did look like great fun for littlies to really bring their favourite story to life. That playground looks perfect for Little Miss, although I don't blame you about being nervous of that muddy puddle! What a great experience for Little Miss getting so close to a bearded dragon. Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

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    1. It is really is a great place. I wish we lived closer but nice to visit when we see the relatives up North! Thanks for hosting #CountryKids

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  2. That Gruffalo sculpture is amazing! #CountryKids

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    1. I know Mary. We've seen a few different wooden Gruffalo sculptures but this is my favourite one by far!

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  3. Great sculpture. Love seeing all the different sculptures people have found at the end of the trails!

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    1. I agree Leyla. There are some amazing sculptures on trails around the country. It's always great to see them and makes me want to visit all the places!

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  4. Looks like Little Miss A had so much fun! Its not too far from me, I think I will have to take my girls x

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    1. You should definitely go if it's not too far from you! It's a great park!

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  5. That Gruffalo sculpture is so amazing! I want one in my garden! Looks like everyone had had a lovely time. The kids playground looks really good and age appropriate too. It makes me anxious when there are older kids surrounding the little ones. We went to see the Gruffalo play last year. It was amazing! & by the looks of it under "You might also like..."- you are a Big fan of Gruffalo too! Thank you for sharing. #CountryKids

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    1. Thanks! Yep, we're big Gruffalo fans in our house! Would love to see the play.

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