FREE 'The Highway Rat' Activity Trails & Forest Feasts

FREE 'The Highway Rat' Activity Trails

If you have been on The Gruffalo Trail or the Stick Man Trail before with the kids then we have great news for you - this year you can take part in The Highway Rat Trail, and it's free!

Like previous years this is a free event being held by The Forestry Commission in various forest locations around England. Click the link above and you can find your nearest location, where you can join the Highway Rat on his forest adventure, completing fun activities and spotting characters from the story as you go.

You follow the trail and search for 10 Highway Rat-themed panels, each with fun facts and activities to try. As you go, look out for characters from the story, complete four rubbings, and you could even snap your picture with a life-sized Highway Rat ‘Wanted’ poster!

If you want even more fun there are Highway Rat Activity Packs on sale in the visitor centres at each location, at a price of £3. They include stickers, puzzles, and activities to keep the kids entertained.

You can also download free Highway Rat activity and colouring sheets to use at home as well.

If you want even more adventure there are also new Highway Rat Forest Feast events being held this summer too! Either download the free activity pack and picnic templates and make your own Forest Feast, or head to an organised event where you could learn fencing from the experts! You'll need to book online for the fencing, and you can do that here.

All these events are run by the Forestry Commission England, so they're not in the rest of the UK, but you can find events held by Forestry Commission Scotland here.

The Highway Rat Activity Trail looks like tons of fun for families, so get yourself to the forest (and watch out for that naughty rat...)

FREE 'The Highway Rat' Activity Trails & Forest Feasts

TOPICS:   Free things to do


  • Lauren Q.

    what do you think for one of our Mondays?? Xx

  • Lisa J.

    Yeah... this will be fab. So we have adventure island 1 Monday then this the other :) sounds good. Xxx

  • Kayleigh D.

    they do this at Hamsterley Forest, we’ll have to try & sort something our for school holidays :heart_eyes: xxx

  • Jody M.

    On my summer holiday list :slight_smile: xx

  • Samantha B.

    Thank you! Is this where the gruffalo trail is? Xxx

  • Neeley A.

    Yes, it changed I think last year. We haven't been for a little while. Another one to add to my summer holiday list lol xx

  • Samantha B.

    yes please! I think I need to write these down xxx

  • Louise F.

    Ralph loves the highway rat xxx

  • Charlie L.

    Yeah, they would love that :thumbsup_tone2::blush:xx

  • Kirsty F.

    Taylor would like this. When u taking him!

  • Danielle F.

    The one up near Scarborough would be a good one xx

  • Louise F.

    it would , going to have a proper look soon xxx

  • Tara S.

    Yessss let’s do it xx I love the room on the broom trail

  • Michelle B.

    :hugging: yeah we should definitely go xx

  • NataIie J.

    I love that book! Is it near you? Xx

  • Caroline M.

    Think it's only in England

  • Gemma J.

    We did this a few months ago it’s brill x

  • Lisa U.

    Did you just suggest a walk?! :scream::joy:

  • Katy S.

    It’s one mile long - my kind of walk :joy::joy::joy::joy:

  • Lisa U.

    Definitely up for that! It’s one of our favourite books!! X

  • Andrea M.

    lol I just shared this! Yes definitely :blush:

  • Katy S.

    Yep will sort calendars out soon then! Xx

  • Alison R.

    Hello?! :flag_black:

  • Helen L.

    Doing it at hamsterly too altho I’ve never took Eleanor there yet I always just think of snakes :joy::see_no_evil: lol xx

  • Katy S.

    Only place in the UK with poisonous ones lol. We could all go next time in north east? Xx

  • Katy S.

    Lol hamsterlys fine! We used to go there all the time x

  • Nikki D.

    Oh wow they would. I was actually just looking at the snail and the whale event at Hever Castle

  • Dominique D.

    Parker absolutely loves this now since you bought him it!! I’ll check out the details :thumbsup_tone2::thumbsup_tone2::thumbsup_tone2: Xx x x

  • Charlene M.

    Yes they do it at cardiham woods! That’s where we did the grufflo trail :slight_smile: xxxx

  • Charlene M.

    Yeah it’s a good day Logan might like it he too xxx

  • Jade M.

    Gisburn Forest :deciduous_tree::thumbsup_tone3:

  • Alan D.

    Nearest one to us would aylesbury or rochester

  • Tone M.

    I would genuinely love this!!

  • Louise B.

    Thanks- yes definitely going to give it a go :smiley:

  • Connie M.

    Could go on your hols lol

  • Travis M.

    Absolutely no doubt about that. STAND AND DELIVER...!

  • Naomi J.

    We've done it thanks hun, I probs just forgot to mention it as I dragged myself round that trail with food poisoning :see_no_evil::see_no_evil::see_no_evil: xx

  • Nikky L.

    Oh god :see_no_evil: sorry for reminding you lol xx

  • Emma B.

    I know we don’t have one near us but we could create our own in the woods by us. X

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