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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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There is such a thing as a Gruffalo - at Whinlatter

He has knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose...

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Claire Steel and Savannah Carruthers with the statue

Yet despite his fearsome features, the gruesome creature was the star of the show as families turned out to celebrate The Gruffalo.

Whinlatter Forest played host to a Gruffalo birthday picnic at the weekend – one of dozens to take place at 28 Forestry Commission sites across the country.

This year marks 15 years since the little brown mouse first came across the gruffalo in the famous book, a tale whichhas delighted and terrified children in equal measure ever since.

On Saturday there were extra activities at Whinlatter, ranging from story-telling and gruffalo games to birthday cake, badge-making, face-painting and den building.

There was also a prize for the best-dressed family.

The Cumbrian site was also lucky enough to be one of just 15 sites chosen to host a giant carved wooden gruffalo sculpture.

Each one is different and unique and is hidden away within a Forestry Commission site.

The gruffalo himself was unable to attend, but is scheduled to visit Whinlatter soon on the Great Gruffalo Forest Tour.

The year of celebrations kicked off in April with an activity trail to help bring Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning tale to life. It will run until the end of September.

In October, The Gruffalo’s Child activity trails take over and will stay in Whinlatter Forest through the winter until February 2015.

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