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NEWS RELEASE No: 1658820 MAY 2016

Get ready, get steady and go to Forestry Commission England sites this June to get active in the Stick Man Games

Stick Man Games

Get ready, get set and go! Families across England are invited to get active at Forestry Commission England’s Stick Man Games. Based on the much-loved book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the Stick Man themed games give families the chance to take part in a range of forest fun sporting activities with their favourite book character.

Organised by Forestry Commission England in conjunction with Magic Light Pictures, guests will be able to meet Stick Man at selected sites and will have the opportunity to take part in an action packed sports day. Visitors will enjoy everything from a twig baton relay race, to a fantaSTICK obstacle course!

Alongside the Stick Man Games there is also lots of stick-themed excitement to be had in our self-led activity arenas. Player’s skills will be tested in a variety of exciting games; you’ll find everything from giant pick-up sticks, to noughts and crosses and a ring toss!

And the sticktastic fun doesn’t end there. Get your hands on a copy of the downloadable Stick Man Games activity pack and imitate your sporting heroes this summer. The pack is full of fantastic games and activities that kids can do with sticks and includes top tips to help you become a sporting champion as well as cut-out medals and certificates. You can also invite all of family and friends along to join the party with the downloadable Stick Man themed invitations!

David Williamson, Head of Recreation says:

“The Stick Man activity trails have been extremely popular with visitors to our forests and what better way to kick-start a summer of sport than by getting active at the Stickman Games.

“A sports day is a great opportunity to get active with the whole family and encourages fun outside in nature.

“You can also host your own sports day at your local woodland using our free downloadable Stick Man Games activity pack, complete with cut out certificates and medals.”

If you want to venture into the woods then why don’t you join Stick Man on his quest? He is lost and wants to find his way back to his family tree and be reunited with his ‘Stick Lady Love’ and ‘Stick children three.’ The Stick Man activity trails lead children and families through the forests using activity points which allow them to live the epic adventures of Stick Man, whilst also learning about the importance of forests for people, wildlife and timber.

The Stick Man trails have been a hit amongst children and will play a key part in a new government campaign later this year aiming to get children better connected with nature and the environment.

Further details of the Stick Man Games, activity packs and trails are available from

To make the most of your local woods and forests, the Forestry Commission Discovery Pass covers your parking charges for a year. Visit for more information.


Notes to Editor

1. The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Further information can be found at
England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.

2. About Stick Man
Stick Man tells the story of the eponymous character who lives in the family tree with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three. The story follows Stick Man as he goes on an epic adventure across the seasons and is taken further and further from home, as he runs from a playful dog, gets thrown in a river, escapes from a swan’s nest and even ends up on top of a fire. Will he get back to his family in time for Christmas?
Stick Man was first published in 2008 by Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic Children’s Books.
Stick Man was made into an award winning animation by Magic Light Pictures which premiered on BBC One on Christmas Day 2015

About Scholastic
Scholastic Corporation (NASDAQ: SCHL) is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of print and digital instructional materials for pre-K to grade 12, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media. The Company creates quality books and ebooks, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, classroom magazines and other products that, in combination, offer schools customized and comprehensive solutions to support children’s learning both at school and at home. The Company also makes quality, affordable books available to all children through school-based book clubs and book fairs. With a 95 year history of service to schools and families, Scholastic continues to carry out its commitment to "Open a World of Possible" for all children. Learn more at
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1. Stick Man Games Events


Dalby Forest

4 June

Haldon Forest

16 June

Wyre Forest

17 June

Grizedale Forest

26 June

Gisburn Forest

29 July – 31 July

High Lodge

8 September


4. Stick Man Games Activity Arenas (Throughout June unless stated otherwise)

• Cannock Chase
• Jeskyns
• Wendover Woods
• Whinlatter Forest Park
• Fineshade Woods
• New Forest show – 26-28 July
• Sherwood Forests – July event

5. Stick Man trails
• Alice Holt
• Bedgebury Pinetum/ Forest
• Cannock Chase
• Dalby Forest
• Delamere Forest
• Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean
• Grizedale
• Haldon Forest Park
• Hicks Lodge
• High Lodge, Thetford Forest
• Westonbirt
• Whinlatter Forest Park
• Cardinham Woods
• Hamsterly
• Haughmond Hill
• Kielder Forest
• Moors Valley Country Park
• Salcey Forest
• Top Lodge, Fineshade
• Wendover Woods
• Wyre Forest
• Guisborough Forest
• Jeskyns
• Thames Chase

For more information and to request images, please contact:
Rebecca Ulewicz at the Forestry Commission on 0300 0674170 or email