High Woods Play Trail

High Woods Country Park Play Trail

Play Walks have been a popular feature of the Best Foot Forward project, but the High Woods Play Day on the 13 February 2017 was special with 50 children, around 20 adults and several dogs joining us to follow the 'High Woods Play Trail!'

Pupils from Queen Boudica primary school enjoyed after school Play Walks throughout last term and through their exploration and play established an off the beaten track trail through High Woods country park with special stops along the way. February's play walk followed this trail, and after fun, mud, climbing, running, jumping and adventures along the way each child was presented with a present  - a beautiful colourful map of the trail, rolled up and tied with ribbon.

The  fabric Play Trail maps will be also be given to children attending the next Play Day on April 3rd. However they will also be on sale in the High Woods visitor centre from 18 February. 

Try the High Woods Play Trail for fun and ideas, then why not go on your own playful adventure in another local green space? Try Charter Wood, Hilly Fields, Colchester cemetery, Friday Woods, Bourne Pond or Lexden Wood.

Add to the adventure by trying to get there on foot, by bike or by bus. Use our Plan Your Journey page to help work out a route.

The Thunderstruck Tree

The kids loved the Thunderstruck Tree  - how many could they fit inside, could they squeeze in the front door, then out the back, what could they see if they look up!

Three Billy Goats Gruff

Two of the big girls crept under the bridge and jumped out on the passing children!


Getting muddy!

Running, jumping, stamping in the mud, looking for animal tracks and waving to the gardeners in the BIG Garden. Some little ones had great fun getting very muddy!

Then onwards down the 'runway' towards the secret castle.

Story Time

Finally story time at the secret castle - the children found some characters and helped make up the story.