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Lantern Making, Fun with Fungus and The Gruffalo’s Child at Alice Holt Forest this Half Term

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Gruffalo play in winter

Autumn is a time when fungus grows, animals hibernate, evenings get darker and nocturnal animals come out to play. Join the Forestry Commission’s education team at Alice Holt for some creepy crawly, dark and dingy, fungus-finding half-term activities!

Fun with Professor Fungus takes children on a fantastic fungus treasure hunt – finding the good ones, the bad ones and the ugly ones! 

For an ideal family activity, come to the lantern-making workshop with our resident willow expert where you can cover and decorate a lantern made from willow and colourful tissue.

And new for this autumn and winter, the Gruffalo’s Child Trail is open all day for families to enjoy. 

The trail leads children through the forest using activity boards to help them discover nature and woods at a time of the year when the forest is at its most beautiful and the animals are preparing for winter.

Activity packs are on sale at the café for just £2 and include a foraging bag, a fun-packed activity leaflet, a colouring-in sheet and a special Gruffalo's Child sticker. These special packs will encourage children to learn more about the behaviour of animals in autumn and how they search for food, create shelters and prepare for the cold winter months.  Using your spotter’s guide, can you find all of The Gruffalo’s children hanging in the trees?  You may also spot some of your favourite animal characters too.

Charlotte Magowan, Marketing Manager for the Forestry Commission at Alice Holt Forest, said:

“There is so much for the whole family to do in the colourful forest in autumn, come rain or shine. There’s no better place to unleash a child’s imagination and spirit of adventure, whether it be discovering nature, drawing on artistic inspiration or finding small hairy beasties!”

Also on offer is the popular Wild Learning Holiday Club Adventure Camp and Caterpillar Crafts for children of all abilities and ages.

Café on the Green is open every day from 9am until 5pm during half term, serving hot drinks and hearty home made meals including chilli, lasagne and some spooky Halloween specials. They also stock a selection of Gruffalo character soft toys.

Advance booking is essential for all activities. Spaces are limited so you must book early to avoid disappointment. For further information or to book, please call the Forestry Commission at Alice Holt Forest on 01420 23666 or visit or


The Forestry Commission:

The Forestry Commission manages over 250,000 hectares (600,000 acres) of woodlands in England.  Most of this land is open for public access and the Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in the country.

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. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.

For more information please contact:
Charlotte Magowan 
01420 23666