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Julia Donaldson Trails in Essex

Did you know there are three characters trail based upon Julia Donaldson classics at parks across Essex? You can find Julia Donaldson trails at Thames Chase, Weald Country Park and Thorndon Country Park. Find out more about the Stick Man Trail and the TWO Gruffalo Trails in Essex...





Stick Man - Weald Country Park

Location: Weald Country Park, Weald Road, Brentwood, CM14 5QS


The Stick Man Trail was revamped in May 2023. There are a series of wooden, sculptures located close to the two play areas and around the lake at Weald Country Park. The beautifully crafted sculptures make great photo opportunities.


The Full Details: find out more about the Stick Man Trail (parking information, playground information, more things to do...) Read everything you need to know about the Stick Man Trail HERE!


Weald Country Park Playground
Weald Country Park Playground

Stick Man Trail
Stick Man Trail


The Gruffalo Sculpture Trail - Thorndon Country Park

Location: Thorndon Country Park, The Avenue, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3RZ


The Gruffalo Trail consists of several wooden character figures from the Classic Gruffalo tale. Pick up a map from the Countryside Centre at Thorndon North for a small charge. The self guided trail takes around 30-45 minutes and is almost always muddy!





The Gruffalo Party Trail - Thames Chase Country Park

Location: Thames Chase Forest Centre, Pike Lane, Upminster, RM14 3NS


The trail celebrates the Gruffalo's 25th Birthday! The trail consists of several games and

activities to teach you about the forest. Search for party favourites to celebrate the Gruffalo's birthday! The trail consists of several interactive boards with tasks to complete.





Don't forget to check the Park Directory for more park inspiration - A-Z of over 100 Parks in Essex




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