· From 17 October – 1 November, Kew Gardens celebrates the childhood favourite character, The Gruffalo
· Families can play the ‘little brown mouse’ and follow a trail to track down the Gruffalo
· Visitors can spot wildlife and enjoy Kew Gardens’ autumn landscape
- Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex, will also host its own Gruffalo autumn programme
Gruffalo Adventures plots a specially curated journey through the Kew Gardens Arboretum. Visitors will encounter much-loved characters from author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s book, including Fox, Owl and Snake, and of course, The Gruffalo! With helpful guide in hand, children can follow the tracks of each animal, leading them to the characters’ hiding spots. Click here to book your time-slot (both members and non-members).
Visitors are encouraged to come to Kew Gardens donning their own face-painted whiskers, ready to step into the role of the little brown mouse and learn how to be brave. On their way to find the Gruffalo, adventurers will find fox footprints, an owl feather xylophone, and a snakeskin gong inspired by the story, and learn more about the characteristics of each of these animals as they go.
While searching for the elusive Gruffalo, young visitors will get the chance to play and explore in Kew Gardens’ striking Arboretum - home to 14,000 trees - and will become immersed in the world of The Gruffalo.
Brave explorers might even get the chance to encounter The Gruffalo himself in the form of a costumed character making timed appearances throughout the half-term period.
Kew Gardens’ stunning autumn landscape boasts canopies blazing with autumnal colours, including particularly vibrant shagbark hickory, maple and sweetgum trees. Visitors can also spot wildlife collecting conkers and acorns from the floor below.In our Kitchen Garden it is the season for abundant beetroots, carrots and pumpkins, making a visit to Kew at this time of year a truly memorable day out.
Sandra Botterell, Director of Marketing and Commercial Enterprise at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew said:
“We are thrilled to bring such an iconic tale to Kew Gardens, in what is set to be a great adventure for families over the half-term break. The Gruffalo is a perfect fit for Kew Gardens, and we hope visitors venturing through Kew’s landscape will be transported to Donaldson and Scheffler’s much-loved universe.”
Daryl Shute, Brand Director at Magic Light Pictures, added:
“We are thrilled to be announcing this partnership with Kew Gardens. To bring The Gruffalo to this iconic deep dark wood of West London is really exciting. By combining the beauty of Julia and Axel’s characters with the theme of ‘the marks we leave behind’, Kew has created a really original activation, which guests will love for sure.”
Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden in Sussex, will also host its very own Gruffalo Adventures. Among other activities, instead of a costumed character, visitors will be able to venture through Wakehurst’s beautiful woodlands in search of ingredients for a Gruffalo crumble, and join a wild workshop to make their own Snake bread and go footprint finding. The Gruffalo Trail is included with entry to the gardens, which must be pre-booked. Some activities are separately ticketed events which must also be booked and purchased in advance along with garden entry.