Gruffalo Party Trail at Dalby

Join the Gruffalo for a birthday celebration!

The Gruffalo is celebrating his 25th birthday year and to celebrate, everyone is invited to take part in a brand-new forest adventure.

What to expect

The interactive family trail features all sorts of party-themed activities and games, along with fun facts to teach you about life in the forest for the Gruffalo and other creatures.

Follow the trail to help find the missing party items to give the Gruffalo a birthday to remember. Search for balloons, pine cones, apples and the Gruffalo himself, and complete fun activities and rubbings as you go along.

Get the party started with a Gruffalo Party Trail pack

Have a play at the Grandfather Oak play area before heading to our Visitor Centre information point to pick up your pack, packed with fun things to do on your party adventure. 

Once you have your pack in hand it's time to drive deeper into the forest to find the Gruffalo! Follow the signs into the deep dark wood and start the trail from Dixon's Hollow car park.

Inside you’ll find:

  • kraft bag to colour in
  • party headband to wear
  • party trail activity leaflet
  • stickers
  • pencil and crayon
  • keepsake sew-on Gruffalo Party patch

Share your party fun using the #GruffaloTrail hashtag.

Did you know?

The Gruffalo Party Trail can contribute to your child's learning with a Children's University passport stamp from completing the trail.

The Gruffalo © 1999 & TM Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Licensed by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Trail information

Dalby Forest, Dalby Forest Visitors Centre, Low Dalby, Thornton-Le-Dale, Pickering, YO18 7LT
Activity packs are available to purchase from the Visitor Centre for just £4. The Gruffalo Trail starts a 10 minute drive into the forest so don't unload the family until you have your pack!
Trail Length
2km (1 mile)
An easy and accessible route on level, surfaced ground. Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Is this trail for you?
This trail is aimed at families with children aged 3-9, but can be enjoyed by all.
Drop by the Visitor Centre on the way to pick up your pack then drive to Dixon's Hollow car park to get started.