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Gruffalo Spotters

[CLOSED] Gruffalo Spotters Trails at Westonbirt Arboretum

Please note Westonbirt's Gruffalo Spotters Trail is now CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who visited and made it such a success.

Whilst Gruffalo Spotters is ending soon, some trails remain open. Check out to find your nearest alternative.


Bring the Gruffalo and other characters to life with our brand new Gruffalo Spotters trail and exciting augmented reality app.

Download The Gruffalo Spotter app at home, then visit Westonbirt National Arboretum. Along the trail look out for clues which lead to footprint marker posts - point the app at these and watch Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake and the Gruffalo appear before your eyes!

Activity KitGruffalo trail dates and information

The trail is open from the 20th February 2017. It is aimed at younger children, but the whole family can enjoy following clues and collecting evidence. Download the app before you visit and point it at the markers to bring the characters to life! You can find the start of the trail at end of the Tree Top Walkway and it is about 1km in length.

Activity KitActivity Kit

Set out on your Gruffalo Spotting adventure with the Gruffalo Activity Kit! The kit contains an evidence collection bag, 5 fact and activity cards, stickers of the Gruffalo characters, a special magnifying glass, ruler and a pencil! Buy your activity pack from Welcome Building for just £3.

Parking and admission

The app is free to download and the trail is free to all visitors after admission to the arboretum. Information on Westonbirt admission prices can be found here. Visitors can park in the main car park, no additional parking fees apply.

More information

Please note the trail is on a grass and woodchip surface, but should be suitable for child buggies and pushchairs.

If you like the Gruffalo trail, you’ll love our exciting programme of Family Events – explore the arboretum on one of our themed family trails, and then pop into the Learning Centre for some crafty activities!

Visit for more information about Gruffalo Spotters.

Are you brave enough to take a photo with the Gruffalo? Share it on Facebook and Instagram with #GruffaloSpotters!

Photos from the trail





© 1999/2004 & TM Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler. Licensed by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Last updated: 21st September 2017

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