Today we were one of the first to visit a new augmented reality trail at Moors Valley.
The self-led trail is packed with fun facts about forest animals with fantastic activities to enjoy along the way and is completely free to do although you can purchase an additional activity pack at the visitor centre for an extra £3 if you choose.
To take part simply download the Gruffalo Spotter app before you visit which brings Julia Donaldson’s fabulous Gruffalo to life along the trail by simply reading the special code at selected points along the trail.
The really clever bit is that once you’ve spotted the characters you can use the app to bring the 3D character animations to life and take photos alongside them.
If you have done any of the Gruffalo trails at Moors Valley you will know how much fun they are and this one takes a different route through the forest to previous trails and is clearly marked with arrows to follow and clues to find.
The clues follow the story, introducing us to the mouse first, although you have to find a few clues first before each creature is able to be identified.
We found the mouse first and opened up the Gruffalo Spotter app, pointed it at the footprint marker and excitedly watched as Mouse appeared before our very eyes. The app even lets you take a photo!
The trail takes you through the forest and can be bumpy and muddy in places so wellies are ideal, especially after rain.
As soon as Sebby spotted the footprint marker he wanted to watch my phone as the animal appeared before our very eyes and the next one on the list was Fox.
The start of the trail is in the picnic area behind the Go Ape shelter and is just over 1 mile in length.
The clues included binocular shaped signs to look though, spinning wheels to identify each creature a final reveal of each animal.
The trail is aimed at young children and took us around 85 minutes to complete without needing to use the Gruffalo Activity Kit, which I would recommend getting if taking older children or a group around the trail.
The Activity kit contains an evidence collection bag; 5 fact and activity cards; stickers of the Gruffalo characters; a special magnifying glass; ruler and a pencil and I have saved ours for when we go with all the kids in the Easter holidays.
Did we find the Gruffalo?
Of course we did and he was HUGE!!!!!
We love Moors Valley anyway is it is packed full of fun things to do with the family including two parks, a miniature railway, play trail, nature trails and Go Ape and this trail certainly adds to the fun.
With warmer weather around the corner, pack a picnic, don your wellies and have a full day of fun at Moors Valley, you won’t be disappointed!