OK, I know this is not exactly a "local" review but this is too good not to share! If you have a Gruffalo obsessed little one, you just have to take them here.
Thorndon Country Park is in Brentwood, Essex, and they had the fabulous idea to carve the Gruffalo and all his friends out of wood. Hidden amongst the trees, you can wander and find each creature tucked away...Mouse, Gruffalo, Owl, Fox and Gruffalo's Child. Snake is underway too and will be joining them soon!
There is no entrance fee but you do need to pay for car parking. The children can pick up a free trail map, and maps of the park are 50 pence.
The creatures are nicely spaced out so it takes the kids a while to find them while you can enjoy the beauty of the wood!
My kids adore the Gruffalo, and we had a ball on our visit. There is a gift shop and refreshments are available, although we didn't try them.
A definite must if you are ever in the area.