Oh Stick Man will he ever get back to the family tree…A Family Day Out


We love the book The Stick Man, I mean what is there not to love. It is one of my girls favourites and Alice knows the story by heart. She made this cute Stick Man at preschool and loves it.


So, when I heard about The Stick Man trail at Wendover Woods, I just knew we had to go. We love to go out as a family and find new places to visit that both the girls can enjoy and this ticked all the boxes…

We woke up to a lovely sunny day, got ourselves ready and popped our wellies in the boot ready to head off. It was just over an hour from us, Holly slept on the way which was a bonus as it meant we had more time before she would get tired.

When we arrived it was a long drive through the woods to the car park and we were building the excitement with the girls. Getting them to see if they could spot The Family Tree. We parked up and Andy went to pay for parking and the girls and I got our welly boots on. We definitely needed them, it was very muddy.


We decided not to take the pushchair, as we knew Holly would want to walk with Alice and I am pleased we didn’t as it was quite bumpy and very very muddy in places.

The girls were both really excited by this point and it wasn’t long before they spotted the first Stick Man sign and rushed over to it with a beaming smile. I was so pleased to see that Holly recognised it too from the hundreds of times we have read the book. Alice loved spotting the clues as she called them and it quickly became a fun game.


We could have brought an activity pack from the cafe before we started, but we decided we didn’t need it and we really didn’t. Finding the signs along the trail was enough to keep the girls entertained.


Along the way, we found a den making area and there were lots of dens already made, which both Andy and I were pleased about. Saved us a job!! They both enjoyed going in them to explore, Holly leading the way. I think she definitely the braver one of the two.


Whenever we saw a sign Holly would run up and point at it. I was really impressed when she spotted the cat on the sign and said ‘cat’. Her speech is really coming along now and I love to hear her little voice.


On each of the signs there were things to talk to your children about and on one it talked about the feel of trees and what do they feel like? are all the trees the same? Alice loved feeling all the tress and seeing the differences and of course Holly copied her. Such a simple thing, but educational as well.


Then we got to the end of trail and found Stick Man, oh Stick Man…


But attentions were soon turned away as Alice spotted the Gruffalo, another favourite of ours.


Next to the Gruffalo was a lovely bench with owls cut into it and the girls sat there for a snack. The stick man trail took us about forty minutes, which was just the right amount of time to keep the girls interest and also with their little legs.


We then headed over to the park they had, as no day out is complete for us, without a go on the swings. I love how Alice always starts off on the big girl swing, because you know she is a big girl now. But, then it’s not long before she comes over to her sister and gives her a push on the swing, before asking if she can squeeze into the swing next to her.


After a lovely morning walk and play it was time to bundle back in the car and find somewhere for lunch. We had a bit of time and decided to stop off somewhere on the way home. We ended up in Thame, a place I had not been before and they had a Prezzo which was perfect for the girls. We were all really hungry after the walk and enjoyed a nice lunch and Alice finished it off with some yummy ice cream.

Then it was back in the car for the last bit of the journey home…where we read the Stick Man book on the way.

The Stick Man Trail is at a few different venus across the country, you can find the details here. It really was good fun for everyone.

I haven’t been asked to share this with you, I am sharing it because I think it is a fantastic adventure to go on with your little ones…


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  1. April 19, 2016 / 07:21

    We took lamb to the gruffalo trail recently and he loved it so much we went back a couple of weeks later. There’s a stickman trail not far from it, but we only just bought him the book so once he’s a bit obsessed we will take him there too 🙂 such a good day out isn’t it! Xx
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    • April 21, 2016 / 07:07

      They are a great day out! Yes, it helps if they love the books x

  2. April 19, 2016 / 10:33

    Oh I keep seeing posts about these stick men trails and I have to say they look really fab. I wish that we had one in Jersey, my two would love it. It looks like you all had such a fab time! 🙂
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  3. April 19, 2016 / 12:45

    i wish there was a trail closer to us – it looks like such fun x

  4. April 20, 2016 / 10:01

    Looks like great fun. We’ve never read Stick Man but my son loves The Gruffalo so we should probaby get it.

    • April 21, 2016 / 06:54

      Its a really lovely story, one I don’t mind reading a hundred times 🙂

  5. April 20, 2016 / 11:04

    This looks like fantastic fun. We love doing these and credit to the Forestry Commission for really making great efforts in engaging the next generation of outdoor lovers.

  6. April 20, 2016 / 13:10

    Looks like you had a lovely time. We did a Gruffalo trail a few years ago but we haven’t got a Stickman trail near us, my parents do so hopefully we can do the trail when we next visit them.

  7. April 20, 2016 / 14:03

    Stick Man is a favourite in our hpuse too. In fact, we love all the Julia Donaldson books. My daughter’s favourite is Tabby McTat while my husband (?!) likes reading her Room on the Broom.

  8. April 20, 2016 / 21:18

    Sounds like a perfect morning for you guys! We love stick man too i am going to have a look and see it there is a trail near by x

  9. April 21, 2016 / 12:59

    My daughter is a huuuuge stick man fan, having loved the book and loved the tv adaptation on over xmas! We have a stick man trail near us and might have to check it out, as this one looks fab! lovely photos x

  10. April 21, 2016 / 15:15

    We went for a walk yesterday and they had a Stick Man trail. It looks so much fun, I can’t wait until Finn is old enough to appreciate things like that (Ok, I really want to have an excuse to do it myself!) Looks like your girls had fun and I loved the photos!

  11. April 21, 2016 / 15:24

    What a lovely family trip and I love Alice’s Stick Man creation! Very sweet to see the girls interacting, I look forward to seeing this with Toby and his sister soon xx

  12. April 22, 2016 / 13:29

    This looks like such great fun. We’re yet to do one of these trails. I’ve found one about an hour away so we’ll have to find a spare afternoon to give it a go. #whatevertheweather

  13. April 22, 2016 / 22:33

    Hi exciting for your girls! I love that they have set these up, such a fab idea. We did the Gruffalo trail near us and my son loved meeting the Gruffalo at the end and the walk through the woods was really fun and enchanting #whatevertheweatherv

  14. April 25, 2016 / 13:56

    This looks like a lot of fun. We adore stick man in our house too. That’s the perfect amount of time for a trail, we really wish there was one near to us. Evie would be made up to see both Stick Man and the Gruffalo. It’s great that they have little activities along the way like the den building and feeling the textures of the trees.The perfect little day out! Thank you so much for sharing this with Whatever The Weather xx
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  15. April 25, 2016 / 22:46

    This is lovely! We love stick man too, although it does tend to be read more around Christmas time. Her little stick man is too cute. The trail looks fantastic, I love it when kids get really involved and making it into a complete sensory experience. A great woodland game is to blindfold the child, lead them to a tree and touch it and then lead them back to where they originally were and they have to then find the same tree again. We used to do it with kids at an outdoor centre and it was a big hit! Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

    • April 27, 2016 / 22:39

      Thank you. That sounds like a great game, I will try it next time we are out x

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