Childrens Trail


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Children’s 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 a FREE family activity, that is always available.

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!

August 2017 marks the 5th Birthday of the Leighton-Linslade Children’s Trail. To celebrate we have made a video.

Working with some volunteer first-timers and some of our greatest fans we have 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. We would like to thank all the volunteers, Sandra Dartnell of ThinkingCX and Matt Worthington of Storm Videos for creating this video, for our community, and for Leighton-Linslade Town Council.

The Children’s Trail starts at the Leighton Buzzard Library and weaves through the town centre.

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.

The Children’s Trail has a Guardian and a Facebook page.
The Guardian helps us to introduce everyone to the Children’s Trail by using the Children’s Trail Facebook page to talk to our Trail Fans. Follow the Children’s Trail Facebook page for Children’s Trail updates and competitions, as well as community and literacy announcements. Each month there is a goodie bag prize for the most Liked photograph posted to the Children’s Trail Facebook page via ‘Post to the Page’ or ‘Check-in’.

Annual restoration of the Trail is undertaken by the Town Council grounds team. If you would like to report an issue regarding any of the 22 pieces of artwork please email us.

Read more about the Leighton-Linslade Children’s Trail including the Children’s Trail history and the Children’s Trail reading list.