Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s renowned tale Superworm arrives at Wakehurst. On Thurs 30 March – Sun 23 April, bring your family together. This is an Easter treat of interactive activities in a stunning spring landscape.
This brand-new trail follows the inspiring feats of the incredible invertebrate Superworm, whilst exploring different botanical blooms and their superpowers. The springtime adventure will also include a microbe-hunting mission, pre-bookable wormery workshops and daily storytelling in the gardens.
The Superworm adventure
Tasked with helping Superworm find the evil Wizard Lizard’s magic flower, children will embark on an exciting adventure. Discover Wakehurst’s biodiverse landscape with interactive activities and sculptures helping to bring the tale to life. From giant skipping ropes to optical illusions, there will be plenty to keep energetic explorers active over the holidays. The path winds through stunning landscapes, over the six-acre American Prairie and through the dramatic heights of the Pinetum.
Alongside the main trail, there will be an add-on microbes mission and bookable wormery workshops. These opportunities allow visitors to get stuck in and gain practical skills. Protect worms, and learn how to encourage a natural environment for marvellous minibeasts at home.
Kids can become heroes!
The add-on Mighty Microbes Mission forms part of Wakehurst’s new family programme, Nature Heroes. Young adventurers can conquer a themed mission each school holiday and half-term, collecting a new badge for their very own superhero cape. Following the February half-term Bird Buddy trail, a second badge is up for collection this Easter. Children can gain a special Superworm badge for their Nature Heroes cape, as they help Superworm assemble a team of mighty microbes to keep the soil healthy.
Head of Public Programmes, Lorraine Lecourtois commented:
“The Superworm trail is set to be a very special event at Wakehurst as we bring this charming tale to life. The role of worms in the ecosystem is vital. It’s a privilege to be able to bring wildlife science to the forefront of our family programme via a range of activities for all ages. Combined with our exciting orkshops and practical events, we’re hoping to really immerse visitors in the tale of Superworm.”
Alex Sanson, Senior Brand Manager of Magic Light, said:
“Kew and Wakehurst have done a fantastic job of bringing the story of Superworm to life. It is completely new and really fun. The activities are interactive and original. It’s great that they’ve been able to use the story to highlight the importance of biodiversity and what an important role minibeasts play in our ecosystem.”
Magic Light Pictures is an award-winning brand-building company. They have 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. The company balances its brand-building work with film making of the highest quality. This includes Oscar- nominated animated feature Chico & Rita, comedy thriller Wild Target and natural history documentary One Life. 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-nominated and BAFTA-winning half-hour animated films, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child.
Beyond the Superworm trail, visitors can also discover the wider stretches of Wakehurst. Find wild landscape bursting into life with Spring colours. Bethlehem Wood comes alive with a carpet of bluebells and the stunning Water Gardens are home to beautiful pastels of magnolias.