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14 February, 2022


Be a forest superhero

Wriggle over to one of the nation’s forests and have a family adventure this February half term, where families will find a new activity trail based on Julia Donaldson’s much loved Superworm.

Superworms worm

Julia Donaldson's Superworm 

In the latest exciting partnership between Forestry England and Magic Light Pictures, the Superworm trail showcases the unsung heroes of the forest. Based on the children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the trail highlights the small but mighty creatures in the Superworm story, such as toad, beetle and Wizard Lizard, and shows their amazing abilities as they make their home in the forest.

The Superworm activity trail can be found at 26 forests across England and will have lots of fun activities to complete, the new self-led trail will encourage children to become superheroes of the forest themselves. Families will discover brightly illustrated panels, packed with amazing activities designed to get children thinking about these unsung heroes. Questions along the self-led trail will inspire children to think about the everyday heroic feats of the minibeasts of the woods and forests around them. The trail should keep the young ones entertained for around an hour leaving plenty of time to find more fun and explore the forest.

Special Superworm trail packs are available to buy on site from for £3.50 with additional activities, including stickers, a superhero mask, creature fact cards, at-home activity sheet, pencil and crayon.

Josephine Lavelle for Forestry England says:

“This is such a fun trail that offers children the chance to become a hero of the forest, just like the much loved and heroic creatures within the Superworm story. You’ll get to learn about our minibeasts and the important jobs they do for the nation’s forests. It’s a perfect half term day out.”

Alex Sanson, Brand Manager at Magic Light says:

“Forestry England sites are the perfect home for Superworm and all his friends. These trails offer a great opportunity to young explorers to learn about all the heroic feats that worms and other minibeasts achieve.”

The Superworm trail can be found at 26 of the nation’s forest, for more details please visit

If you or your little ones haven't yet watched SuperWorm, you can on the BBC iPlayer here

Participating Forestry England Sites

(Find a Forestry England site near you here)

Alice Holt Forest, Surrey

Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, Kent

Beechenhurst, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Cannock Chase Forest, Staffordshire

Cardinham Woods, Cornwall

Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

Delamere Forest, Cheshire

Fineshade Wood, Northamptonshire

Gisburn Forest, Lancashire

Grizedale Forest, Cumbria

Guisborough Forest, North Yorkshire

Haldon Forest Park, Devon

Hamsterley Forest, County Durham

Haughmond Hill, Shropshire

Hicks Lodge, Leicestershire

High Lodge, Thetford Forest, Suffolk

Jeskyns Community Woodland, Kent

Moors Valley Country Park, Dorset

Salcey Forest, Northamptonshire

Sherwood Pines, Nottinghamshire

Thames Chase Forest, London

Wendover Woods, Buckinghamshire

West Walk, Forest of Bere, Hampshire

Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire

Whinlatter, Cumbria

Wyre Forest, Worcestershire

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