Brambly Hedge Trails


New! Brambly Hedge Trail at Abbotsbury Swannery

Brambly Hedge Dorset Trail

We have teamed up with Abbotsbury Swannery to create a seaside story trail for children and families.

The trail is based on  Sea Story  one of the eight classic books in the Brambly Hedge collection.  It takes visitors around the Swannery grounds, to discover more about the swans and the adventurous mice.

The Sea Story book follows the mice on a journey downstream to the sea which fits perfectly with the trail location. The wonderful illustrations from the books are featured in the activity booklet and around the grounds.

With stamp points, characters to meet and an activity booklet, there is plenty to do, alongside feeding the swans and discovering more about the unique Swannery.

After the trail head to the Cafe where there will be colouring sheets to enjoy and the Gift Shop will feature a selection of books from the collection and other Brambly Hedge gifts.

More information to follow…

The Swannery is open daily from Saturday 16th March and closes Sunday 3rd November. The trail will available to visitors throughout the whole of the 2024 season.

Sea Story

It was summer and Primrose woke knowing that it was going to be a very special day. The sun was already warm and a light breeze stirred the leaves and branches of Brambly Hedge. It was a perfect day for an adventure.

Leaving the hedge behind, Dusty, Poppy, Primrose and Wilfred set off downstream in Dusty’s boat the Periwinkle, on a journey that would take them all the way down to the sea. But it wasn’t all plain sailing, and the mice had an important mission to fulfil before they could return to Brambly Hedge…

brambly hedge books for children sea story 2020 edition

Essex Wildlife Trusts Abberton Reservoir

Join Essex Wildlife Trust at Abberton Reservoir and explore their Brambly hedge trail; find Wilfred with his catapult or look at Primrose’s pretty bonnet. The trail will take you around the nature reserve, through Wild Wood home to many different species of wildlife including hares, kestrels, goldfinches and orchids. At the end of your trail enjoy time in their wild play area complete with a zip wire, spiders web and long tailed tit nest. The tearoom in the visitor centre will also be open supplying lots of locally sourced food.

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