Bella’s Bluebells

Bella’s Bluebells

Dear Mummy, we wandered down to the woods again at Micheldever. An enchanting wood which is renowned for its bluebells. The last of the Bluebells are dying and withering beneath our feet. I climb trees with my daddy and enjoy running … Continue reading

Alice Holt and the Gruffalo’s Child

Alice Holt and The Gruffalo’s Child Trail

The Giant Owl at Alice HoltDear Mummy, it’s our second attempt at visiting the Gruffalo’s Child Trail event, organised by the Forestry Commission. It’s been happening up and down the country since Autumn 2014. This time we visited Alice Holt Forest in Farnham, Surrey as opposed to our last trip to Moors Valley in Dorset.

The Gruffalo’s Child Trail has been on since October and ends this month. We love the Gruffalo books, so any opportunity to see the characters is a must! It’s a cold grey January day and we head out with NCT friends on our mini expedition into the woods. It’s a pay and display car park so Daddy puts all his loose change in the car park machine when we arrive. So make sure you bring pennies with you!

The moon at Alice HoltAlice Holt’s visitor centre and cafe are newer than Moors Valley and serve a better range of hot food at reasonable prices. A lot of the seating is outside but covered which is cold but dry.

We only wait 15 minutes for our hot soup and walk out of the cafe with ready heated sausage rolls and Cornish pasties.

Owl in the trees at Alice HoltWe have a leisurely lunch then head down the wide pathways. It’s less muddy than Moors Valley and there are more sculptures like the giant wooden owl, the wooden tunnels, and characters from the Gruffalo hiding in the woods..which keeps us all amused.

The nice thing about Alice Holt is that they have a huge wooden play area with a large pirate ship! They also have a wooden choo-choo train, little cottages and climbing frames. It’s awesome and we spend a good hour here playing and before we know it’s getting dark and time to go home. (we didn’t take any photos as we were all busy playing!!)

The Gruffalo at Alice HoltEven though I was teething and a bit grumpy we had a great afternoon in the fresh air and we will be back in the warmer weather 🙂 A great free outdoor space!

Love Bella x

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Bluebells in Micheldever

Micheldever Bluebells

Dear mummy, We’ve been meaning to find the elusive Micheldever Wood for some time now and it wasn’t until NorthHantsMum posted a link to address details that we finally found it. It’s in fact no where near Micheldever! Coming from … Continue reading