Things to do with the kids over summer holidays: The Gruffalo’s 25th Birthday at Chessingto

Join the Gruffalo’s 25th Birthday Celebrations at Chessington World of Adventures this Summer 

Kids and grown-ups can come face to face with the beloved characters from the classic children’s story starting from Saturday 6 July

Journey into the deep dark wood with the brand new Gruffalo Summer Celebration exclusively at the London theme park now until 19 July

Or spend the night in the fully themed Gruffalo hotel room for a nighttime adventure

Chessington World of Adventures is celebrating to mark the 25th birthday of Julia Donaldson’s beloved classic, The Gruffalo. Starting this Saturday, 6th July, the London theme park will unveil a new Gruffalo and Friends Meet and Greet, inviting children and their families into a magical, themed space inspired by the deep, dark wood. This enchanting experience will be available throughout summer where guests can meet the much-loved Gruffalo characters and capture special moments with the fearsome yet adorable creature.

And the fun doesn’t stop there! Celebrations for this milestone birthday are already underway as fans of the enchanting tale can enjoy a gruffabulous adventure at the Gruffalo Summer Celebration, a pre-schooler event running mid-week until 19 July. Children can join the Gruffalo’s Activity Trail to unlock the secret password and discover over 1,000 animals of all shapes and sizes in the zoo.

Guests can also join Mouse on a magical riverboat journey through the deep, dark wood with the Gruffalo River Ride Adventure, where the world of the Gruffalo unfolds with exciting storytelling to make sure that fans of the story feel right at home.

The adventures can continue into the night with a stay in the Gruffalo-themed hotel room at the Azteca & Safari Hotel, featuring hidden Gruffalo gifts for the little ones. Visitors can also indulge in delicious treats at the Gruffalo Bites food outlet or find the perfect souvenir at the Gruffalo Gift Shop.

Explore all the Gruffalo experiences at Chessington starting from £29 for an adult ticket plus £5 for an additional pre-schooler. This gives you access to the theme park, zoo and SEA LIFE Aquarium with over 1,000 animals and 40 rides across the resort to discover. To book a day ticket or a short break, visit and learn more about the Gruffalo experience here.

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