Butterflies, Birds and Beetles Nature Trail

Illustrated children's trail of a park, nature-themed map trail by illustrator Emma Metcalfe
Side 1

Here’s a new children’s trail leaflet design for Gunnersbury Park in London. The brief was to produce a park trail to encourage families to explore the parkland. The trail is map-based and encourages families to do a different activity at various locations around the park. The trail encourages families to spot birds and insects and emphasises that most insects are beneficial in the garden.

Illustrated stag beetle colouring picture and wildflower meadow wildlife word search children's activities by illustrator Emma Metcalfe
Side 2

The activities on the reverse  can be completed at home or in the café. I always try to make sure all my puzzles and activities are relevant to the site and educational. I really enjoy projects that focus on wildlife and conservation and encouraging children (and their parents) to care about wildlife and take action to help.

You can download a PDF version of the Butterflies, Beetles and Birds children’s trail here.

Butterflies Birds and Beetles trail for Gunnersbury Park illustrated by Emma Metcalfe
Printed leaflet when folded

Castle Howard Explorer: New children’s illustrated trail

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Castle Howard were one of my first ever clients, and remain one of my favourites. It’s a magical place, and the team always have lovely, creative ideas and a real sense of fun.

I normally design a new activity for Castle Howard’s children’s trail offering every year or two. This year it was a new page of nature activities based on the Walled Garden. I’m really keen on activities which encourage children to appreciate the natural world, so this was a lovely project.

All the various activities have been combined into a new ‘Castle Howard Explorer’ booklet with a new front cover.

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Birds, Beasts & Medieval Treasures: St Mary’s Church, Nottingham

Front cover showing interior of St Mary's Church with lion and unicorn illustrated cartoon charactersIllustrated children's trail depicting animals to spot around the church

I really enjoyed working collaboratively with Jarrold Publishing on this new children’s activity trail for St Mary’s Church in Nottingham. The trail contains two activities, a Beast Hunt aimed at younger children, and a more general trail identifying the church’s main features.

The lion and unicorn characters are based on statues in the church.

Illustrated map of the historic City of London: Dr Johnson’s House

Illustration of the City of London in the 1700s during the life of Dr Johnson

I really enjoyed working on this bespoke illustrated map of the historic City of London in the 1700s, commissioned by Dr Johnson’s House. Dr Samuel Johnson was a prolific writer, perhaps best known for writing the first modern dictionary of the English language published in 1755.

17 Gough Square (the house where he lived whilst writing his famous dictionary) is a fascinating place but rather small. I was commissioned to devise and illustrate a walking trail with the aim of  allowing visitors to extend their visit outside the house itself, and to give a sense of what the City of London was like during Johnson’s lifetime.

The trail features famous sites such as St Paul’s Cathedral and The Old Bailey, but also hidden gems such as Cutlers’ Hall, St Bride’s Church and Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub.

One of the challenges in creating this trail was the rapidly changing skyline of the City of London. With so many buildings seemingly being built, demolished, extended and remodelled every day, I opted to focus in on the details of just the historic buildings, suggesting the locations of more modern buildings with simple outlines.

I also enjoyed the challenge of creating a map which echoes the visual style of maps from the 1700s.

Read more about commissioning a bespoke illustrated map.