Join Zog on his magical forest adventure at Moors Valley (Jan 2019)

Join Zog on his magical forest adventure at Moors Valley (Jan 2019)

A brand new activity trail is opening at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest this January based on Zog, the loveable dragon from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s magical picture book.

Open from 11 January 2019, children can follow the trail through Zog’s forest classroom to learn more about the animals and habitats around them.

Zog is always striving to win a golden star at Dragon School as he learns essential skills including flying, roaring, breathing fire and capturing princesses! Children can join him in his journey by completing challenges to win their own gold stars as they find out more about how animals fly, what sounds they make and how they catch their prey.

There will be lots of different dragons to spot along the trail plus hidden images to find that children can reveal by using a special coloured lens in their activity pack. Available to buy from the Visitor Centre for just £3, the activity pack also includes a Zog mask, activity sheets, pencil and stickers.

The 1.5 kilometres long trail starts at the Visitor Centre, and will take families on a buggy friendly journey through the woods.

Linda Laker, the Forestry Commission’s Recreation Manager for Dorset, said: “We are really excited to have Zog joining us at Moors Valley for 2019. There is so much for children to do, spot and discover as they join him on his adventures around the forest. We hope they and their families will really enjoy the new trail and learning all about the amazing animals and habitats we have here at Moors Valley.”

The launch of the trail follows the premiere of the Zog animated special from Magic Light Pictures, watched by over 4 million viewers on BBC One this Christmas. It is the latest in a series of successful character led trails at Forestry Commission sites across England in recent years including ones featuring the Gruffalo, Stick Man and Highway Rat.

Further details of trails and free downloadable activity sheets are available from


Editor’s Notes

For more information please contact:
Media Officer, Forestry Commission South Forest District
Susan Smith
07384 878434

A selection of high resolution images of Moors Valley can be downloaded from the press images gallery.

About Magic Light Pictures

Magic Light Pictures is an award winning brand-building company with a strong background in production, creating rich and imaginative experiences for families worldwide. The company, founded in 2003, directly manages production, licensing, global distribution and marketing. Magic Light’s key brand is The Gruffalo, from the best-selling picture books by author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler. Magic Light produced the Oscar and BAFTA-nominated half-hour animated films, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, and has sold them to over 180 broadcasters worldwide.  Magic Light also runs a cross-category international merchandising programme for The Gruffalo brand, with over 40 licensees and 350 products that capture the charm of the original books. Magic Light also produced Room on the Broom, Stick Man and The Highway Rat films – which have proved to be award winning half-hour classics that are as loved as The Gruffalo.

In 2016 Magic Light produced two half-hours based on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes. They were watched by 9.3million viewers and have won numerous awards including a BAFTA for Best Animation. Magic Light’s film for BBC One, Christmas 2018 is Zog, starring Sir Lenny Henry, Kit Harington, Hugh Skinner, Tracey Ullman and Patsy Ferran.
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