Today we were visiting Cirencester for the UK Adventure Trails Lavender and the Dino trail hosted by https://ukadventuretrails.com/ (they also run one in Norfolk find out more from Big Family Little Adventures here)
The Cirencester trail is located in Cirencester park and is best accessed via the Cecily Hill gates. Go through the gates and walk up the path, past the mobile cafe, until you see the entrance to the trail on the right hand side.
Here you’ll be joining Lavender and all the residents of the Whispering woods to help poor Simon the dinosaur who has lost his roar somewhere in the woods. Will you be able to find it and reunite him with his roar?
**Warning Slight Spoilers ahead!**
We waited near the fairy house for our host – We got ‘Moss’ (who was just 2 days old!) To help take us through the Whispering woods to find Simons Roar!
Moss took us through the rainbow entrance to tell us a little about who we would be meeting along the way. She shared her favourite song, (and only song she knows, after all she’s only 2 days old!) the Grand Old Duke of York.. so Holly taught her Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes.. because that is her favourite song!
We won’t spoil the whole storyline for you but you are guided through the woods by your host and stop off to talk to the woodland residents (Mouse, Squirrel, Frog, Magpie, Lavender the Fairy and of course Simon the dinosaur!) Each with their own tasks for you to help you get closer to finding Simons roar. We also got to see some of the fairies houses along the way and some giant mushrooms, one of which Holly named LuLu.
You certainly won’t be bored, when they say this is an immersive and interactive trail they aren’t joking. You’ll be marching with Mouse, Singing with Squirrel (and given some delicious sweet treats made by BumbleAndGoose.co.uk), making wishes with frog and helping Magpie make some important decisions before tiptoeing past the dragon and dancing with Lavender and Simon the Dinosaur. Big kids this means you too! We didn’t march well enough so we had extra things to do from mouse!
Before you leave you also get a walk through a little Dinosaur exhibit where the girls wanted selfies will all the different dinosaurs. Holly did keep warning us not to get so close to the dinosaurs mouths though! Oscar was just going through roaring at them all – he thought it was great!
Lavender and the Dino Trail
The trail itself is located within a wooded area of the park, it was quite covered so would likely be ok if there were light rain (although you might want to bring your wellies!) We took our double Out and About Nipper round perfectly fine but you may struggle with stroller type pushchairs as it’s an uneven path in places.
There are toilets by the entrance including a disabled one with extra room (port-a-loos aren’t known for being spacious!) So it’s great they have thought about this.
There is a snack van in the park too selling Ice cream, cakes, tea, coffee and cold drinks you can find them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeanoInThePark/
If you need to grab something a bit more substantial to eat before or after there is a McDonald’s and a Beefeater about 1.3m away (just a few minutes drive – don’t forget to download their apps to make the most of offers they have – Mcdonald’s currently have a deal every day and Beefeater are doing kids eat free during the summer holidays)
Overall we had a really great day, the trail took an hour to get around but it felt much longer, it wasn’t rushed and the characters were great with the kids. Holly was a bit scared of a couple but they really worked on making her feel comfortable and not trying to do things she really wasn’t comfortable doing. Oscar loved it too and at 18 months old it’s hard finding things that will amuse him and up to Chloe, who is 10 but this was really great.
There are about 20 spaces at the entrance to the park but they are limited to 2 hours and to be honest you will be very lucky to get one. We always use JustPark or YourParkingSpace they are great little apps to find parking close to wherever you want to visit. It could be in car parks or just on someones drive but it is great to know you have a definite space somewhere before travelling. It is especially good in places like London and other City Centres where parking can be difficult. This time we were parked just round the corner in front of someones garage, much closer than the suggested car parks!
The trail is open Thurs – Sun (and Bank Holiday Monday) from now until 30th August and tickets are £12.50 for over 2’s, under 2’s are free – or a family of 4 pass is £40 (+fees) Carer’s will receive a free ticket when booking a full price ticket otherwise they are £6.25. Slots are available every 10 mins from 9am to 3.30pm
If you go I hope you have a great time! You can book online at https://ukadventuretrails.com/ and I would love if you could share this blog on your social media for others to discover this great day out!
We were lucky enough to be gifted some of our tickets for this event. However all opinions of the event are my own and I was not paid for my review.