Hungry Little Minds

About Hungry Little Minds in Manchester

The Hungry Little Minds campaign, funded by the Department for Education and led by the National Literacy Trust, encourages parents and carers to adopt positive behaviours and boost their children’s communication, language and literacy development.

The campaign creates easy and accessible resources for parents, carers and early years settings with children aged 0-5, aiming to ensure that all children start primary school with the recommended literacy and language abilities.

In Manchester, we are delivering the campaign in partnership with Read Manchester and Manchester City Council. Follow the Manchester Reads Facebook page for campaign updates.

Manchester's digitised story trail at Platt Fields Park

In June 2021, the Hungry Little Minds campaign - led by the National Literacy Trust - launched 12 brand new story trails in local parks and lakes across the country for families, carers and early years settings with children aged 2-5.

In Manchester the story trail launched at Platt Fields Park, in partnership with Manchester Art Gallery, Read Manchester and Manchester City Council, with the bespoke theme of elves.

The story trail is based on a story written by children’s author Rebecca Lewis-Oakes and illustrated by Aaron Cushley. The story trail leads families around the local park as they follow the adventures of Uncle Josh, Mia, Kai and their dog Scruffy.

We are thrilled to announce that we now have a digitised version of the story trail, meaning that all families, carers and early years settings can download the trail to a digital device and carry out the activity whenever works best.


How to use the digitised story trail

  1. Have your mobile device fully charged.
  2. Download the story trail PDF (below)
  3. Pack your park bag! Get some paper and pencils at the ready, as we want to engage your little ones as much as possible
  4. Head to Platt Fields Park (address: Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6LA)
  5. Start the trail by following the map in the booklet
  6. Carry out the trail with your little one and enjoy all that it has to offer! If you would like to share your experience, you can do so by using the hashtag #HLMStoryTrail
  7. Your feedback is very important to us, so please spare 10 minutes to complete this survey, so that we can hear your thoughts and experiences.

The story trail pdf

Download the Platt Fields Park story trail here.


93% of parents would do a story trail again and 91% of parents rated the story trail as excellent or good

Hungry Little Minds story trail evaluation, 2021