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Children’s Trail Update
“We have seen so many new and old visitors to the Leighton-Linslade Children trail this year and we have enjoyed watching you celebrate with our Hide & Squeak Easter Trail, the Mayors Spring Fair, the Queens Jubilee, Picnic in the Park and so much more.
You may have noticed that all twenty-two pieces of artwork have recently had a fresh coat of paint and after many years of living inside the grounds of Leighton Middle School, the borrowers have moved home. Do not worry they have not gone far! We think you will agree that their new location makes it easier for our Trail fans to find them.
The Children’s Trail is a FREE family activity, that is always available.
Trail in the Trees
This year is an incredibly special year as August 2022 marks the 10th Birthday anniversary of the Leighton-Linslade Children Trail.
To celebrate this occasion, we hosted a special story themed party in Linslade Recreation Grounds.
The event gave us the opportunity to mark the occasion and launch of a new temporary Trail in the Trees, which will be available (weather permitting) until the end of 2022.
This temporary Trail which was inspired by three wonderful books; “Because of an Acorn” by Lola M Schaefer & Adam Schaefer, “Mama Miti” by Donna Jo Napoli, and “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss. The students at Cedars Upper & Linslade School have created twelve beautiful ceramic tiles using images from one the books mentioned, and they will be on display until the end of the year – weather permitting.
We hope you and your families take the time to enjoy the new temporary trail!
Leighton Buzzard town centre is a great place for children as well as adults and one of the best ways for them to have fun is to take the Children’s Trail.
The Leighton – Linslade Children’s Trail is a public trail of 22 artworks celebrating children’s stories for little people, with big imaginations, to explore.
The Children’s Trail is partly inspired by the books of Mary Norton, who lived in the town as a child and set The Borrowers in The Manor House, now Leighton Middle School.
Free challenge-based activity maps allow young followers of the Trail to seek out the hidden treasures and delight in the discovery of something unusual, in unnoticed places – up above their heads or at their feet – and use their own imaginations to interpret the meanings of the shadows, word and sculptures they discover.
Try the Children’s Trail today!
A free activity map and pencil is available from the Leighton Buzzard Library on Lake Street, The White House on Hockliffe Street or to download on this page.
Rewards to further inspire children’s reading and creativity are available from The White House on Hockliffe Street.
Please enjoy our Children’s Trail and spread the word to family and friends!
Annual restoration of the Trail is undertaken by the Town Council. If you would like to report an issue with any of the artwork please email us.
The Children’s Trail Guardian has a Facebook page and Instagram profile:
The Guardian helps us to introduce everyone to the Children’s Trail by using the Children’s Trail Social Media profiles to talk to our Trail Fans. Follow the Children’s Trail accounts for Trail updates and competitions, as well as community and literacy announcements.
Read more about the Leighton-Linslade Children’s Trail including the Children’s Trail history and the Children’s Trail reading list.
See the magic for yourself..
Working with some volunteer first-timers and some of our greatest fans we made a video to celebrate the Children’s Trail and to show the world how lucky we are to have such a great free family activity in Leighton Buzzard town centre.
The Children’s Trail starts at the Leighton Buzzard Library and weaves through the town centre.