This year sees Moors Valley Country Park celebrate its 30th birthday and to mark this momentous occasion, the park will be inviting the public to join its celebrations through a host of events and activities.
Last month saw the launch of the Highway Rat trail which saw the kids follow in the footsteps of a mischievous rodent, finding out about the animals that live in the forest and finding clues to the location of the rat.
On that visit to Moors Valley, we discovered a delightful new addition to the park, which we were not expecting.
We are big fans of The Gruffalo and the kids always zoom off to say “hello” to him and the Gruffalo’s Child wooden sculptures on our visits to Moors Valley, but they were delighted to find new story book editions on this visit.
Wooden sculptures of Squirrel, Snake, Fox, Owl and the Mouse have all joined the Gruffalo and his child and are perfect for any fans of the story…….in fact the kids recited it as they met each character.
To celebrate the arrival of these new storybook characters, The Gruffalo himself will be making special appearances at the park between 10am and 2pm on Saturday, February 24th and Sunday, February 25th.
We also noticed that there have been some major improvements to the play trail, including a brand new snake, with added climbing walls as well as a giant new play sculpture, called the Hawkhouse, which measures five metres tall and with wings that extend to more than 18 metres wide!!
Also coming up at Moors Valley, to coincide with ‘Dippy on Tour’ at Dorset County Museum, the Ranger Den will be taking on a dinosaur twist with visitors able to try their hand at fossil hunting between 2nd – 6th April and again from 9th to 13th April.
We really enjoyed Moors Valley Railway’s Steam Gala last year and are excited to find out they will be holding another which will take place on 9th and 10th June, ahead of the park’s ‘Big Birthday Bash’ 30th anniversary celebration on 15th July.
With the weather expected to be sunny and dry, it is recommended that you get there early to see the Gruffalo to avoid disappointment.
Will you be going to see the Gruffalo this weekend?