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Hansel & Gretel
memory trail

Join us for a new 7-stop activity trail through the grounds of Arnos Vale inspired by Insane Root Theatre's magical 2021 production of Hansel and Gretel: a play about grief and how to deal with it.

Trail map

Take a look at the trail map and work your way around the cemetery, discovering all 7 stops and the activities within each one…

7 activity-filled stops

Explore what each stop has in store for you below or access the QR codes found on each wooden post within the trail.

Stop 1

Stop 2

Stop 3

Stop 4

Stop 5

Stop 6

Stop 7 

Legacy trail partners

Find out more about the three organisations behind this innovative legacy trail


Insane Root Theatre

Insane Root Theatre is a Bristol-born Theatre Charity (CIO) specialising in reimagining classic plays and stories by presenting them in unusual locations.

They are passionate about making the inaccessible accessible – from bringing life to abandoned sites and making Shakespeare make sense, to sharing an open discourse with our audiences and collaborators.

They believe theatre is most powerful when it is inclusive and personal and aim to create shows that are exciting, immersive and unforgettable.


Grief Encounter

Founded by Dr Shelley Gilbert MBE, Grief Encounter’s mission is to give every child and young person access to the best possible support following the death of someone close.

They work closely with individuals, families, schools and professionals to offer a way through the anxiety, fear and isolation so often caused by grief. Their services include:

  • One-to-one counselling
  • Group workshops
  • Music, art and drama therapy
  • Residentials and Family Fun Days
  • A National, free and confidential helpline called grieftalk offering web chat service too
  • Bespoke support for schools, universities and colleges
  • A dedicated Trauma Team for support following a sudden or traumatic bereavement.
  • Accredited training courses and webinars for professionals
  • Award-winning resources including our unique Grief Relief Kit, Grief Encounter Workbook and Journal

They are an open-access charity, funded by the generosity of our supporters, and here to help alleviate the pain and confusion caused by the death of a parent or sibling. Bereavement is devastating at any age, but for a child it is life-changing.


Arnos Vale

Arnos Vale was established as a Victorian garden cemetery in 1839. Today, it is run by a charity fully committed to protecting and caring for it as place of love, community, and remembrance.

Often described by visitors as serene and peaceful, Arnos Vale is a beautiful natural landscape, and a welcoming location that encourages people to celebrate life and remember those who’ve passed.