This Easter, Kew Gardens will become home to Julia Donaldson’s and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved characters at Gruffalo Adventures, running for two weeks in April. Families are invited to play the character of the ‘little brown mouse,’ embarking on a journey through Kew Gardens’ Arboretum – home to 14,000 trees – in search of the elusive Gruffalo.
Along the way you’ll encounter Fox, Owl and Snake, as well as numerous springtime horticultural delights including bluebells and daffodils. With map in hand and face-painted whiskers, children will discover the animals’ hiding spots, and each stop will involve interactive activities to enable them to see the world from the perspectives of the characters. They’ll also learn all about different habitats, and the marks we leave behind as humans in a woodland ecosystem. Gruffalo-themed food will also be on offer throughout to keep hungry mice fuelled for their expedition.
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 Easter 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.’
Children’s book The Gruffalo, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, has become a national phenomenon since first being published back in 1999. It tells the story of a mouse’s walk through the woods, encountering various animals along the way and eventually coming face-to-face with the Gruffalo himself. Donaldson was the Children’s Laureate from 2011-13, and remains one of the most popular writers of the modern day.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AE
4-19 April 2020
Prices are included with entry to the Gardens. Visit kew.org for more information.