Youngsters can get up close and personal with a famous children’s character currently visiting a Sheffield shopping centre.
Meadowhall shopping centre is playing host to The Gruffalo Experience over the Easter school holidays – complete with Fox, Owl and Snake from the award-winning children’s book, as well as the eponymous hero.
Darren Pearce, Meadowhall director, said: “This event has been months in the planning, so it’s fantastic to see it all come to life.”
The experience was officially opened by pupils from nearby Tinsley Meadows Primary School before it opened to the public.
Mr Pearce said: “The children’s reaction to the Gruffalo was just priceless and I’m sure all the thousands of families who come to see it over Easter will enjoy the same magical experience.”
Children, playing the role of Mouse, meet and learn about Fox, Snake and Owl, before coming face to face with The Gruffalo and the chance of a photograph with him.
Charlotte Louisa is one of five Gruffalo Guides workings on the experience.
The 22-year-old actress, from Upper Newbold, Chesterfield, said: “The show is a real-life walk through of The Gruffalo book. It’s an adventure as the mouse through the Gruffalo story.”
Sisters Sophie and Jessica Ball, of Beighton, Sheffield, were among the first to enjoy the experience.
Jessica, aged three, “It was good. My favourite bit was seeing the Gruffalo.”
And five-year-old Sophie, a pupil at St John Fisher Primary Academy in Hackenthorpe, said: “I enjoyed pretending to be the little mouse and meeting the animals in the deep dark wood.”
Mum Catherine, a 35-year-old copywriter, said: “The Gruffalo Experience was a great trip out for young children as it brings one of their favourite books to life.”
* The Gruffalo Experience is at the shopping centre until Sunday, April 12. Tickets can be booked online – priced £7.50 per person and free for children under-two – Gruffalo tickets Photographs cost £6, with keyrings and magnets also available.
The Star has teamed up with Meadowhall Shopping Centre to give away one family ticket – two adults and two children – to The Gruffalo Experience.
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