December sees of course the arrival of the Christmas Tree shop at our local Forestry Commission site, Sherwood Pines, selling fabulous quality Fir, Spruce or Pine trees.

Last weekend when we headed there there were also some beautiful Newfoundland dogs who were helping customers carry their trees to the car on little sleighs. There were also lots of elves and people in Christmas jumpers… and a great Christmas atmosphere.

christmas trees

Sherwood Pines are also welcoming Stick Man and a fab little trail through the woods!

Stick Man, as any parent knows,

“lives in the family tree with his stick

lady love and their stick children three”..

See I don’t even need the book to recite that well worn line! The fabulous Julia Donaldson penned this children’s classic that sees Stick Man end up far far from home until he is rescued by who else but Santa himself!

The Stick Man trails have been visiting Forestry Commission forests across the country so we were thrilled when it arrived here at our lovely Sherwood Pines and had to make sure we were there on the first weekend.

Along the way there are activities to do, lots to look at plenty of fun to be had. Here are just a few of what was on offer…

We counted the rings in the base of the trees to see how old they were – wow 50 years old (even older than mummy!), we collected sticks to make our own stick man family and we generally enjoyed a fantastic walk through the beautiful woods.


We found Stickman and his Stick Lady Love and their Stick Children Three..


We played balancing tricks on tree stumps…


We built a shelter for Stick man.. this was the favourite bit! There were plenty of large and small sticks to choose from to make a den as big or small as you liked.


The trail took us around an hour or so to do (it is only actually half a mile in length)l so perfect for even the smallest of feet.

The boys had come to Sherwood Pines on their bike and scooter (which they love to do as there is so much space and lots of tracks) so we didn’t do all the activities on the trail such as building a stick tower and writing a story although we do have the Stick Man trail activity leaflet to keep us busy indoors.

Here are the stickmen we made now sitting comfortably in our Christmas tree (real of course!).


The Stickman trail is at Sherwood Pines for weekends in December in January and across the country. For further details on the Stickman trails and activity leaflets just click here and check out other blogger posts on Westonbirt Arbouretum and Wendover Woods .

We plan to return in January to have another go. Perhaps we will see you there!?

Disclosure: I receive a Forestry Commission discovery pass for the year enabling free parking at Sherwood Pines in exchange for writing regular reviews on the beautiful forestry site but all opinions and views expressed are my own unbiased. 

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12 Responses to If you go down to the woods today…. #weloveforests

  1. […] My Gorgeous Boys taking advantage of Sherwood Pines Christmas fun with the forestry Commission […]

  2. […] call him) isn’t the first Julia Donaldson character to have their own trail in the forest, Stickman was seen there last December. The trail really brought the book to life and was a fabulous […]

  3. The Monko says:

    what a fun day out – i love that they were using newfoundlands to pull the cart with the trees, they are amazing dogs. And your boys look like they had a brilliant time

  4. Jaime Oliver says:

    wow this looks like a fantastic day, I must keep a better eye out as it would of been fab to go 🙂 we love sherwood pines i grew up in that forest, i even worked in the cafe when i was a teen! lol

    thanks for linking up and sharing with #MagicMoments … I must get there more in the new year xx

  5. Dean says:

    This is definitely an activity my family would love to do! We haven’t done it this side of Christmas yet, here’s hoping we’d be manage the time to visit the woods too before the 25th! Love your photos and your boys are adorable 🙂 Stopping over from #CountryKids.

  6. Purchasing a tree and having an adventure on the Stick Man Trail too – what a great way to spend the afternoon having such great family fun. The boys looked in their element in the den and balancing on logs. Thanks for linking up and sharing your fun with Country Kids.

  7. Granny says:

    You look like you are all having such fun and in the fresh air too! Xxx

  8. […] If you go down to the woods today…. #weloveforests […]

  9. Mummy Whisperer says:

    Thanks for mentioning my blog post lovely – your photos are great!

  10. Kathleen says:

    I go to John F Kennedy Memorial park with mine…each month brings new wonders with the changing of the seasons :-). Loved reading about your adventures 🙂

  11. Emma says:

    Awww fantastic. I love your Stickmen. It’s such a lovely idea isn’t it?

  12. This sounds great as we love The Stick Man, I think we might venture on Sunday if we can. Thank you for sharing wonderful pics 🙂

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