Superworm is super-long. Superworm is super-strong. Watch him wiggle! See him squirm! Hip, hip, hooray for SUPERWORM!

Last year, the Forestry Commission organised The Gruffalo Trail at several of their sites across the UK – and it was a blazing success – over one million people enjoyed them. There wasn’t a week that went by where I didn’t see bloggers and their little ones excitedly following the tracks to discover various different wooden sculptures of the loveable creature, so popular with kids and adults alike.

So I was pleased to recently discover that this year, continuing with bringing Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler’s stories to life, it’s the turn of the Superworm. Superworm tells the story of how a superhero worm and his mini-beast friends defeat the villainous Wizard Lizard.

From next week – 13 March 2015 – until the end of October, families can enjoy Superworm activity trails at around 20 selected sites. Each activity trail will include up to 10 stops, where visitors will discover a panel containing activities and questions inspiring them to use the Superworm story and its characters to think about the woods around them. web-Superworm-Forestry-Commission-England-PR-imageThe activities will encourage children to use their ‘superhero’ senses and powers of discovery and creativity; from discovering the touch and smell of the forest to becoming nature detectives. Meanwhile, special packs including a sticker sheet, activity leaflet, string to make your own Superworm and a limited edition Superworm mini-book, will also be available to purchase.

If you didn’t get to do The Gruffalo Trail last year, I urge you to try and make one of the Trails below. It’s not only an educational day out, but lots of fun.
I, for one, cannot wait to enjoy this new forest adventure.

SuperwormFind Your nearest Superworm Trail:

North West

Grizedale Forest, Cumbria
Whinlatter Forest, Cumbria

North East

Hamsterley Forest, Durham
Kielder Forest and Water Park, Northumberland

Yorkshire and Humber

Dalby Forest, Yorkshire
Guisborough Forest, North Yorkshire

East Midlands

Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire
Fineshade Woods, Northamptonshire
Hicks Lodge, Leicestershire

West Midlands

Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire
Wyre Forest, Shropshire

East England

High Lodge Thetford Forest, Norfolk

South West

Beechenhurst Lodge Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
Cardinham Woods, Cornwall

South East

Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire
Boulderwood the New Forest, Hampshire
Bedgebury Pinetum, Kent
Jeskyns, Kent
Thames Chase, Kent

Superworm text copyright © Julia Donaldson 2012. Superworm illustration copyright © Axel Scheffler 2012.