The Gruffalo Launches at Leonardslee

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Global Gruffalo was launched at Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens on January 10th 2019. The international project celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Gruffalo children’s books and also Horsham District resident, and patron of the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019, Julia Donaldson CBE.

Some 60 guests, including 20 children from Holy Trinity CEP School, Horsham, visited Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens, a headline sponsor. Guests enjoyed afternoon tea with a spectacular display of delicious cakes created by chef Jean Delport for the occasion.

Gruffalo toys will travel the globe for one year, switching owners every few days. Each will have a backpack with its story so new owners will know what to do. Each is encouraged to have their photo taken with the Gruffalo and upload it to @GlobalGruffalo on Twitter or to the website so that children and others can follow the journeys around the world by visiting

Adam Streeter, General Manager of Leonardslee, says:

“We are delighted to sponsor Global Gruffalo, it is great for all the many children who love the books, such as my own. Guests enjoyed a wonderful themed tea at the launch, with a performance of the Gruffalo by Julia and the sponsors. We look forward to watching the Gruffalo’s adventures as they travel around the world.”

All Gruffalos will be returned by December 2019 for an exhibition at Leonardslee in 2020.

Julia Donaldson CBE said:

“Global Gruffalo is such a fun way of promoting the Horsham District Year of Culture 2019 and celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Gruffalo. I can’t wait to see where they end up!”

All updates can be found on social media on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram via @GlobalGruffalo, or using the #GlobalGruffalo. Additionally, you can also visit the dedicated website

Please visit the Leonardslee website for details of Afternoon Tea at Leonardslee - and also details of fine dining at Restaurant Interlude.

Emily Grey