The sun is shining, the trees are starting to get leaves and Spring flowers are making an appearance. It will soon be Easter and the school holidays. When it is sunny I love nothing better than getting outdoors with the family and the Forestry Commission has created a chance for families to do just this. Following on from the successful Gruffalo and Gruffalo child trails in the forests last year, which saw over one million visitors in the summer of 2014 discovering the wooden sculptures of the Gruffalo in the forest. Now you have the chance chance to have a forest adventure with Superworm.
Superworm is a childrens book by Juila Donaldson which tells the story of a superhero worm and his minibeast friends. They band together in an exciting story which tells how they defeat the villainous Wizard Lizard. You will be chanting along with your kids:
Superworm is super-long. Superworm is super-strong. Watch him wiggle! See him squirm! Hip, hip, hooray for SUPERWORM!
Starting on the 13th March 2015 and running until the end of October you will find Superworm trails at 20 selected forests around the country. The activity trails are designed for children aged 3-6 and also have some elements that will appeal to children aged 6-8. Each activity trail will have ten stops along the way where visitors will discover a panel containing activities and questions. These activities are based on the Superworm story and it’s characters and encourage children to learn more about the forest around them. Children will be asked to use their superhero senses and powers of discovery to discover the touch and smell of the forest and become nature detectives. There are also activities that have been created by the Youth Sport Trust to encourage children to get moving and become super-fit just like Superworm. Each trail will take around an hour to complete.
The superworm trails will help children develop a life long love of fresh air, countryside and exercise. All the creatures in the book like worms, ants,beetles, caterpillars, spiders, birds and reptiles can be found in the forest, which will help bring the book to life for the children taking part. We love visiting our local forest and having adventures. There are usually lots of other events happening, read about our visit to the vintage car rally at Kielder Water and Forest Park.
To run alongside the Superworm activity trails you can also pick up an activity pack with extra things to do on the trail. These are available on-site and cost £3.50. Included in the pack is a sticker sheet, an activity leaflet, a limited edition Superworm mini-book and some string allowing you to make your own Superworm.
You will find the Superworm trails in the following forests:
Forestry Commission annual passes are also available allowing you to visit your local site as many times a year as you wish. Discovery Passes vary in price from £20-£55 for annual membership. You can find out more at www.forestry.gov.uk/pass