A favourite day of mine is a National Trust day and when I saw they had a Gruffalo trail and the Art of Axel Scheffler exhibition in the house I was super keen to get to Mottisfont and check it out.
The sun was shining for the first time properly in a couple of weeks and it actually felt like Summer again. Armed with a picnic we drove to Mottisfont and got there to start the day.
As soon as you get the trail map it’s full of all your favourite recognisable Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler characters. Amelia was super excited spotting them all and we set off on the trail. We are huge huge fan of these books so the trail was right up our street.
We tend to do Mottisfont in the same kind of route each time but this trail went in a different order and into bits of Mottisfont we’ve never seen before which was so nice. It’s such a beautiful setting next to the river, I love a riverside setting I think it’s so peaceful walking alongside it. The gardens are also so stunning, especially the walled garden which was so bright and colourful at this time of year.
The Gruffalo and friends trail was set around most of the estate with 24 clues to follow and things to spot along the way. It was all really accessible for Amelia to do, she was able to follow the clues, spot the next ones and get stuck in with answering/doing. I love that the trail is a mix of doing bits, spotting things and answering little questions and the props that they have are so great.
Favourite bits of mine were the witches broom, spotting the stick men, the highway rat and the scarecrows wedding. They had really gone all out and Amelia loved seeing what was next. Without realising we had done the entire thing and treated ourselves to an ice cream. They do the best ice cream there!!
To end the day we nipped into the house to take a look at the art of Axel Scheffler exhibition. This was so lovely and such a great way to get kid’s looking into art. Amelia could spot pages from her favourite books and seeing the sketches for some of the books was great.
We loved the trail and Amelia even said let’s do that again tomorrow so obviously it was a hit with her. I’d definitely recommend paying it a visit before it finishes on the 3rd September!
Thanks for reading!xx