As soon as I heard about the Room on the Broom Adventure Trail in Wakefield I knew we had to go! Room on the Broom has long been Dave’s favourite book – yes you read that right, Dave’s favourite (I keep planning to book tickets for Room on the Broom live for him!). Of course the kids love the Room on the Broom story too but it’s definitely one that he loves to read to them.
When we did the Gruffalo Trail in Delamere Forest last summer Dave missed out so I was keen to make sure he got chance to do this one with us. I’ve been keeping an eye on our calendar for a time when we were all free and the weather would be kind. As luck would have it we decided to take our chances on Bank Holiday Monday – the forecast hadn’t been great but it looked like it would be dry which we figured was the most important thing. In fact it was glorious and I must admit the lovely weather certainly added greatly to our enjoyment of the day.
Where can we park for the Room on the Broom trail?
Whilst parking is free at Anglers Country Park, this was decidedly over subscribed on a sunny Bank Holiday Monday morning and we ended up having to park out on the road along with huge number of other visitors – this caused some issues for people trying to get in and out of the site but wasn’t the end of the world.
The start of the Room on the Broom Adventure Trail is easy to find and we set off down the path looking for clues!
We very quickly found the first statue and Ben was keen to climb aboard her broomstick . . . “Is there room on the room for a boy like me?” Each of the wooden statues around the trail has been carved by chainsaw!
We had taken a small picnic with us for the children – expecting to just eat quickly and carry on walking. Really we should’ve packed a proper lunch and taken the time to sit and enjoy it as the weather and surroundings were beautiful!
With it being a gloriously sunny bank holiday, the Room on the Broom Adventure Trail was a popular choice for families and at first it felt a little crowded but this seemed to dissipate as we steadily made our way around. Occasionally there was a bit of a queue at each of the statues as people took turns to take photographs but everyone was patient and made sure their children were out of other people’s pictures (always a relief as a blogger). As you make your way around the lake you will find “clues” – with a set of paw prints in stone. Ben and Chloe were excited to find these and guess who had made each of the prints. I was really impressed that on the whole their guesses were spot on.
There are plenty of benches around the lake offering a handy place to stop, take a breather and enjoy the view! Ben was pleased I had encourage him to wear his wellies and enjoyed a paddle in the lake! I would say “Boys will be boys” but actually Chloe wasn’t far behind him! (I think I’d have been in there myself if I’d had wellies on rather than my walking boots!)
The statues are reasonably evenly spaced around the Room on the Broom Adventure Trail and appear in the order of the story. Dave had had the foresight to watch Room on the Broom with Ben and Chloe in the morning so the story was fresh in their minds – this meant they were quoting bits of the story as we walked around.
Is the Room on the Broom trail pushchair friendly?
Although the trail is signposted with super cute broomstick signposts (which Ben and Chloe loved spotting) it is a fairly obvious two mile route around the lake. The path is pushchair friendly if prone to mud and puddles . . . not something my three explorers were complaining about! They were all warned that there were no spare clothes and if they got wet they’d have to lump it . . . luckily nobody fell over!!
Chloe was particularly excited to find the dragon and shouted “Buzz off! That’s our witch” at him which made me smile! (Dave was also pleased to find the dragon as you can see!)
How long is the Room on the Broom Trail?
Despite the Room on the Broom Adventure Trail being a good 2 mile walk there were no complaints of tired legs from either child and whilst they are both generally good walkers I’m sure in this instance it was more to do with the thrill of searching for the next character and guessing who it would be. Of course the final statue of the trail had to be the witch herself and her special new broom with room for everyone . . .
As a special Bank Holiday treat the witch herself was reading Room on the Broom on the hour in the visitor centre and, by pure chance, we finished the Room on the Broom Adventure Trail just in time to take a seat and join in. She was a really lovely story teller and totally engaged the children in joining in with the story. She’ll be there again on Sunday 24th, Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th May.