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Gruffalo Spotters

Gruffalo Spotters Trails at Salcey Forest

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 Salcey Forest. 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 will be open until 28th November 2017. End date has been extended due to popularity. 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 near the car park and it is about 1.1 miles in length.

Activity KitActivity Kit*

Add to 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! *Gruffalo kits can be bought for £3 (card payments only) from our Pop-Up Gruffalo shop at the visitor information point, 10am - 12pm during October half term.


The trail and the app are free of charge, but we ask that visitors pay to park in the forest. You'll find space in the main car park: £1.50 for one hour or £4 for 2 hours or more. Pay and display machines accept coins only, no change given. Pay-by-phone available through PaySmarti, call or text the phone number on the posters on the day or visit £10 coach parking. If you would like to visit more often why not purchase a Discovery Pass for £28. Please note parking is limited on weekends. Car park 8am – 5pm (Oct – Mar) and 8am – 7pm (Apr – Oct).

More information

The trail is open from 24th February - 28th November 2017. No booking is required* but please note that car parking is limited and weekends are regularly very busy. The best time to spot the Gruffalo is during the week!

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: 31st October 2017

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