In October, Forestry England launched their Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trails, combining a beautiful walk through the forest with an interactive app-based experience.
This trail is available at locations around the country, and is a really fun way to spend time with the family.
We spent around an hour doing the trail at Hicks Lodge and hope to try another one again soon!
So how does it work?
1. Download the app before you leave – you can find the links on this page
2. Head to the cafe/visitors centre for the trail when you arrive.
For us, we ‘checked in’ at the cycle hire at Hicks Lodge and selected this one on our app.
3. Pay £3.50 for your special pack.
Inside you’ll find stickers, activities, your special UV Glow Torch, clue sheet, and a Shaun the Sheep ears headband!
4. Head off on your trail.
They are all so well signposted, so you’ll never get lost. The trails are family-friendly, so only around 2km long, and easy to find clues – just remember your wellies as the clue stands are likely to be muddy where people have been solving the puzzles.
5. Solve the puzzles at each clue stop.
You select which clue you’re at on the app, and each one will come up with a puzzle to complete a shape. You then approach the sign and shine your torch on the sign to find out what shape you need to complete on your app screen.
6. Repeat for each stop! Each time you complete a clue, it gives Lu-La ‘charge’ and powers up her communicator until you reach the final clue.
7. Along the way you can also complete little challenges on the app, such as counting the number of sticks.
8. At the final clue, once you’ve fully-powered the communicator by completing all the puzzles, you can get a photo with Lu-La and Shaun as they suddenly appear on your app screen, making it a great way to finish the trail!
Lily was so excited by this, as well as the sounds along the way!
9. When you get home, you can download the Glow Trail certificate to show that you’ve completed the trail.
We had a fantastic time and can’t wait to find another trail.
We were so lucky that the weather was lovely, but we really recommend it for an autumn adventure with the family.
It does say it is designed for kids age 6-12, but Lily is 4 and it was perfect for her too… even if we did take the trailer in case it became too long for her little legs.
All the clues are a nice distance apart, well marked, and fun for all ages. She loved doing the UV pen to see what the clue was, and then looking at the app screen.
Once home, she’s also enjoyed going through her pack and playing some of the activities in there too.
To find your nearest trail and for more information, visit the Forestry England website here.