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Zog new activity trail to launch at Bedgebury Pinetum and Jeskyns Community Woodland in Kent

By Angela Cole

A new activity trail based on the children's picture book, Zog, is set to launch in Kent in the New Year.

Following the success of the Gruffalo, Stick Man and Highway Rat trails at Forestry Commission sites across the country, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s magical book, Zog, will be the new activity trail.

It will launch at Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest in Goudhurst and Jeskyns Community Woodland on Friday, January 11, 2019.

Zog, voiced by Hugh Skinner, will feature in the trail after appearing on BBC1 this Christmas Day. Picture: PA Photo/Magic Light.
Zog, voiced by Hugh Skinner, will feature in the trail after appearing on BBC1 this Christmas Day. Picture: PA Photo/Magic Light.

The trail will follow the premiere of the animated special from Magic Light Pictures, on BBC One on Christmas Day.

Zog is a loveable - if somewhat clumsy - dragon at Dragon School who is always striving to win a golden star. He learns essential dragon skills at school including flying, roaring, breathing fire and capturing princesses.

As part of the trail, children can enter a forest classroom to learn lessons just like Zog, including how animals fly, what sounds they make and how they catch their prey.

As well as winning gold stars along the self-led trail, there will be panels which have a hidden image that children can find using a coloured lens, found inside their activity pack.

Visitors can buy the packs for £3 and they also include a Zog mask, activity sheets a pencil and stickers.

Zog author Julia Donaldson. Picture: PA Photo/Liam Jackson.
Zog author Julia Donaldson. Picture: PA Photo/Liam Jackson.

Dan Jennings from Bedgebury said: "The trail will be an amazing adventure, encouraging visitors to make the most of our beautiful forest and National Pinetum.

"We are very excited to be working with Magic Light Pictures again and are looking forward to families having a new and exciting reason to visit Bedgebury."

For more details of the trails and free downloadable activity sheets, visit forestryengland.uk/zog

* Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's Zog is on BBC 1 on Christmas Day at 4.40pm, narrated by Sir Lenny Henry with Hugh Skinner as the voice of Zog and Tracey Ullman as Madame Dragon. For an interview with author Julia about the story, see this week's Whats On.

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