Our favourite nature and activity trails for kids in the UK

Looking for a way to shun the sofa and get out into the great outdoors? Give our selection of favourite nature and activity trails a try.

Published 05/02/24 by Amy Blanchard

Our favourite nature and activity trails for kids in the UK

The whole family will be able to explore and enjoy your local woodland as you follow in the footsteps of some of your favourite characters. So pack up their Toniebox and their Tonies and get ready to make some muddy memories together. Oh and did we mention, they’re all free? Result!

The Gruffalo Party Trail 

Forestry England

Forestry England
It’s the Gruffalo’s 25th birthday party and everyone is invited! Bring the Toniebox and Gruffalo Tonie in its travel bag and head out to this new family forest adventure. Along this interactive trail, Gruffalo fans can find the missing party items like balloons and apples, pick a present for the Gruffalo and enjoy more fun woodland activities.

The Peter Rabbit Woodland Trail 

Essex Wildlife Trust

Essex Wildlife Trust
Head down to this woodland to see if your cheeky bunnies can find all of Peter Rabbit’s friends like Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Tommy Brock. Then bring the characters to life by popping their Peter Rabbit Tonie on top of their Toniebox each time they find a new friend. It’s the perfect way to explore for Beatrix Potter lovers.

The Stick Man Play Trail 

Visit Essex

Visit Essex
Stick Man has many adventures in his journey home to his family tree and this play trail lets you follow him, just with loads of play opportunities along the way, yay! There’s climbing frames, slides, swings and then Stick Man’s very own family tree and giant swan’s nest. Once they’re all played out, pop their Stick Man Tonie on the Toniebox for the journey home.  

The Dinosaur Trail

Visit Exmouth

Visit Exmouth
Go on a roar-some adventure and unearth some ferociously fascinating dinosaur facts. In this walking trail, dino fans can collect brass rubbings, find clues to hunt down the dinosaurs and listen to stories told in a Horrible Histories style. Will their National Geographic Dinosaur Tonie be able to help them along the way? We think so! Ps. Remember to take paper and crayons with you.

The Paddington Pawprint Trail 

This Is Paddington

This Is Paddington
Go on three different adventures with Paddington this year. Along the Pawprint Trail, your little bears can find all of Paddington’s favourite things like his hat and his suitcase. When you arrive at Paddington Station to start the trail, visit the Paddington Book Bench on platform one, and get ready to listen to the Paddington Tonie on the Toniebox. This is where the Brown family met Paddington on his arrival from Darkest Peru!

The Winnie the Pooh Trail

Pooh Corner

Pooh Corner
Did you know you can play Poohsticks on THE Poohsticks bridge whilst listening along to Winnie the Pooh Tonie on the Toniebox? Well you can if you honey on down to this trail. You can also make this trail into a fun treasure hunt to find Owls, Piglets and Winnie the Pooh’s houses.

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About Amy Blanchard

Amy Blanchard
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Amy’s favourite Tonie is Matilda. From a very young age, she was utterly obsessed with Matilda. She watched and read it so many times that she practically had the whole script memorised. As she grew older, she remained just like Matilda, a bookworm, a trickster, and a dreamer!