Review ZOG Trail Alice Holt Woods: Kipper is at that age where he is just getting into the Julia Donaldson books. We have been reading them for a while but he is now enjoying the films as well. After visiting Alice Holt Woods before to see both the Gruffalo and Stick Man trails we had high expectations. Unfortunately in this instance they didn’t really hold out. Maybe it was because it was late in the day, or the fact that the weather wasn’t great or that Kipper had his two year old head on. Although normally those things don’t affect a day out for us.
To be honest I think the boys probably loved being outside. The disappointment lays with me. The other trails we have done normally include a large craved character at the end of the trail. However this time there was a picture of ZOG on ply board. Of course there was the excitement of finding him. But not the photo opportunity I had hoped for. I think if we had been there earlier in the day we probably would have gone to hunt out the Gruffalo on the other side so I could have got my fix.
The trail itself starts by the Go Ape, although you need to pick your pack up from the Information Centre next to the cafe. The new facilities they have put in are very good and much improved on the old cafe that they use to have. The pack itself was £3.50 so we decided to opt for one knowing that it would probably largely end up in the recycle bin afterwards. Inside there is a mask, a couple of stickers, activity leaflet, pencil and a 3D viewer. It was the 3D viewer that we could have done with two of. As you need it to interact with some of the activity boards around the trail. At least it was a good opportunity for them to learn to share!
As you go around the trail there are also little dragon signs to spot. The highlight of the trail has to be the play areas along it. I was not expecting these and they really kept the boys entertained. The first was a giant owl which with could climb up before flying down the fireman pole. Kipper was too little for this but enjoyed climbing up and down the wings anyway. The second was a tree with a woodpecker attached to it. Really its a tower to climb up. Although the rungs on the ladder were too far apart for little legs. That didn’t stop Monkey but again no good for Kipper. The final was a set of wooden tubes which were contacted. Both really enjoyed playing on this and it was difficult to drag them away.
It was near the end of the trail and was more of a highlight than finding ZOG. Alice Holt is a beautiful forest and there were some lovely pine lined paths to walk along. Plus they have a great play area, clean toilets and a cafe. Monkey hope to try the Go Ape one day but I can’t help feeling a little let down by the ZOG trail.
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