The Gruffalo Trail Chorley
his week we went to visit the Gruffalo Trail at Astley Park in Chorley. I was feeling well enough to go out and so we decided to go somewhere local as a family and make the most of the sunshine.
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Astley Park Gruffalo Trail
The Gruffalo is a favourite book of mine and Sylvia’s and so it was great to visit the walled Garden, to look at the plants and flowers and search for characters from the Gruffalo story.
The gardens at Astley hall are free entry to the public and really quite beautiful. There are lots of different vegetable patches, trees and flowers growing and we had fun looking around and enjoying the area.
Sylvia had lots of fun looking for the snake, the owl and fox.
I gave her my cell phone and she ran around the gardens looking for the characters and taking photos.
Being unwell over the last three years I have not been on many outings with my family. Generally John and Sylvia go and I stay home but today I was well enough to enjoy my time.
It was great to take photos of Sylvia myself and be behind the camera for once. I really enjoyed it.
I’ve been using an adrenal pump for 4 weeks now and although I will always be unwell to some extent, I could not believe we got to go out and have such fun together.
I have had an improvement with nausea and dizzyness and little pain. I am still tired and cant walk too far but I managed really well with lots of rests on the benches.
it’s so fantastic going places with your child and seeing them have fun. I’m so used to staying behind and writing about it from the bed. This was a special adventure.
We found a wonderful big gruffalo at the end of the adventure. Sylvia gave the twig creature a big hug.
For our adventure out Sylvia wore a love heart patterned dress from the George collection at Asda
I really do love this dress. It is really pretty and colourful all at once.
We are experimenting at the moment with clothing and Sylvia style blog posts and I’m working out the direction to take them. Today I thought it would be great to combine a style post with an adventure.
This dress has netting underneath to help the dress puff out and when the wind blew it really did puff out and Sylvia loved it.
I really do love dresses and so does Sylvia and at the moment, it really excites me. I never felt this way about clothes before, but I love to dress my daughter in pretty and stylish clothes and love to see photos whether they are taken by me or my husband.
It can be really fun. I think I’m beginning to discover a hidden passion. I guess when your so unwell you can barely think and plan you kind of have a clouded brain and it’s hard to know what you like or feel passionate about much.
But I’m feeling passion. I’m enjoying little moments again. I still have a long way to go and my future is about managing this condition rather than getting rid of it.
I have to save up for my own adrenal pump and eventually we will have more “normal” moments like this.
It’s just so exciting. I hope we can go out again in a few days when I’ve rested enough. This is super cool. I love Sylvia’s dress for this post and the day was great.
It was a lovely day and I’m pleased I could share this with all my readers.
I’m happy to be back blogging after a 10 day break and excited to make some great content during the holidays.
The Gruffalo trail was fun and something I’d recommend.
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I’m so glad you was able to go out and that you’re somewhat improving. I’m sure you really cherished this day. Such a lovely dress Sylvia is wearing – love her shoes xo
Thanks LaaLaa It was a great day. The photos will be a fab memory and Sylvia looked great. I love her shoes too!
Kim Carberry says
It sounds and looks like you had a wonderful day out….I am so glad you are well enough to go out and enjoy the special moments…Gorgeous photos!
Thanks Kim. We had a fabulous day!
Ana De- Jesus says
I am so pleased that the adrenal pump has been helping you and that it even gave you the chance to photograph Sylvia having fun. Its lovely that even though you are still suffering it is already improving your quality of life. I am glad that it is giving you passion again, besides you might not realize it but you and Sylvia both have a real eye for style. There is not one outfit you have dressed in her in that hasn’t been breathtaking. I hope we can meet at some point in London when you are feeling a little better xx
Thanks Ana. Thats really great to hear. We are working hard to learn style and fashion for kids and do what we like. It’s so fun.
That is a really beautiful dress, Asda has some really nice things.
Sounds like you guys had an amazing adventure.
thanks Anosa. We like many brands including George.
It’s the little moments like these that make life special… <3 That dress is so cute and looks like Sylvia enjoyed her wee jaunt!
Oh Sylvia had a great day. Thanks
Liz Mays says
What a nice place! I love the twig Gruffalo creation. This sounded like a lovely day out.
The Gruffalo is fab isn’t it!
Rhian Westbury says
My friends little one loves the gruffalo, this sounds right up his street x
Thanks Rhian. I think the gruffalo is a great book and adventure for any child 🙂
Anna nuttall says
This look a lot of fun and I should take my niece too. Her dress is so cute. xx
Thanks anna. It was a fun day out.
Sam | North East Family Fun says
What a fab day out and I’m pleased you had the weather for it. There’s something about the Gruffalo that I can’t resist!
The Gruffalo is fab
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy says
I am so happy for you that you managed to have a great day out. That dress is super cute too.
Thanks Dannii 🙂
Tanya Brannan says
What a fantastic activity to take part in! I adore that wicker gruffalo, it is just so cute. I am sure your little girl had a whale of a day – she looks beautiful x
thanks Tanya. It was a fantastic day out. 🙂
It still amazes me at how big the gruffalo has become, I remember when the first book came out! Hoping to visit Astley Hall myself soon, my boyfriend lives pretty close so it would make a great day out!
Yes it has become really big. I do love it though. It’s a great story and the illustrations are fab too.
Christine Dodd says
Fab gardens and I love the herb planter – that’s something you could easily copy at home.
Oh the herb planter is awesome isn’t it! I found it so pretty!
We went on a Stick Man trail recently and it was so much fun!
Oh that sounds great. I bet you loved it.
Laura's Lovely Blog says
There’s something about The Gruffalo that captures every child’s imagination isn’t there? I’ve seen a few people blog about Gruffalo trails I think I need to see if there is one near me. It looks like you had a wonderful day out 🙂
Yes. It’s a great story. It was lovely Laura.
Sounds like a great day out – hadn’t heard of this before x
I’ve read about a few different trails in other locations but it was nice to discover one in our own area.
Bethany Naismith says
I loved the Gruffalo when I was a kid! Looks like a really fun day.
Oh it was fun. Thanks Bethany.
I remember the book when I was a kid, looked like a lovely day out x
Oh wow. I didn’t realise it had been around so long. I guess I only discovered The Gruffalo when I became an early years teacher.
Harriet from Toby & Roo says
Ahhh lovely dress for a lovely girlie! I really love that you have a gruffalo trail – we do too! H x
Thanks Harriet 🙂 We loved the trail. So fun!
Rachel (Lifeofmyfamilyandme) says
Oh how wonderful to see you out and about! The dress is so pretty too! We haven’t got round to doing the Gruffalo Trail yet but we are hoping to go during the Summer holiday xx
Thanks. it is fab to get out a little more and enjoy time. I’ve loved watching Sylvia being so happy.
This looks like SO much fun. I love sylvias style! Shes such a cutie xxx
Thanks. She is cute and has great ideas on how to accessorise and put clothes together. 🙂 I can learn a thing or two from her.
We did the Gruffalo trail at Sherwood Pines and really enjoyed it! We like the Superworm one too. x
oh how cool. The superworm is very cool.
Oh this place looks adorable, what a fun day!
Oh it was lovely Tara. 🙂
Rosana @ Hot&CHilli Food and Travel Blog says
glad to see you are doing well. Love the dress with colourful hearts. R
Melanie Edjourian says
Isn’t she lovely, the dress looks great on her. It looks like she had fun modelling the dress.
oh we both had so much fun and it was a lovely day.
I’m glad you were well enough for a day out. Is this still at Astley Park? I will pop down and have a nosy x
It should still be there I think. 🙂
The London Mum says
Your pictures are amazing- I LOVE her dress. It’s so beautiful. x
Thanks so much. I’m glad you like this.
Leslie Hernandez says
Looks like a really lovely time!! she looked so pretty in her nice dress. She also looked like she was having fun taking all those picture which are awesome!!
Thanks Leslie. I’m glad you like the photos. The dress is cute. I agree.
Laura Harrison says
Sounds like you and your daughter had a fun day out together xxx
Cristina Leigh says
This sounds like a brilliant day out! We have a gruffalo and a stick man trail at the local nature park by me and i love taking my godson there as it’s always a good few hours out!x
We are yet to find a stick man trail but they are lovely. I totally agree.