The Stick Man Outdoor Trail

Shot at Dawn

Visitors are advised that the Shot at Dawn Memorial will close to the public on Monday 6 May. The memorial will undergo restoration and will be closed for approximately six weeks whilst these works take place. Free Shot at Dawn Talks will continue to take place daily at 12.30pm and 1.30pm in the Millennium Chapel, please ask at the Welcome Desk for more information. Visit our Shot at Dawn Restoration Appeal to find out more and donate.

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Our brand-new The Stick Man Trail will take young visitors on an adventure through our acres of woodland, as they help The Stick Man on his adventure back to the Family Tree. 

Featuring new carvings inspired by the story, as well as our ever-popular The Stick Man sculpture to find along the way, there is plenty to spot along the mile-long route. 

You can pick up your free copy of the self-led trail from our Welcome Desk.

Stick Man Swan Family Illustration

New Sculptures

There are many new sculptures to spot along the route, from the dog that loves fetch, to the swan that uses The Stick Man to build a nest. 


Carved from wood, these new characters will help bring the story to life.



We aim to cater for the needs of all our visitors and try to accommodate all access requirements where possible.


We recommend that families wishing to try the Stick Man Outdoor Trail wear appropriate footwear and clothing. The route, while mostly on hardstanding pathways, does venture into our woodlands and so may be unsuitable for some pushchairs.


Please note that children's bikes, balance bikes, scooters and roller blades can not be used in the Arboretum grounds.

Stick Man Trail FAQs

Are dogs allowed on the trail?

Dogs are permitted on the Stick Man trail on a short lead. Dogs are not allowed in children’s play areas or on the Armed Forces Memorial, its surrounding pathway, and grassed banks, on our land train or buggies and access to our indoor space is limited for those visiting with dogs.

How long is the trail?

The trail is about a mile long, starting at the Stick Man.

Is the trail suitable for pushchairs?

The route, while mostly on hardstanding pathways, does venture into our woodlands and so may be unsuitable for some pushchairs.

What clothing/footwear do I need to wear?

We recommend suitable outdoor clothing and footwear.

How much does it cost to do the trail?

The trail is free of charge, you can collect a trail sheet upon arrival at the Welcome Desk.

On what days is the trail available and how long is it on for?

The Stick Man trail is available every day from 23 March 2024.

What ages is the trail suitable for?

The trail is suitable for children aged 3 years and up. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times during their visit to the Arboretum.

Do I need to book for the trail?

You do not need to book for the trail; however we do recommend booking your parking online.

Family taking part in an outdoor trail
*Stick Man (C) 2008 & TM. Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffer. Licenced by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.