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Explore Sherwood Pines Forest Park
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

Sherwood Pines Forest Park is a fantastic and inspiring place to experience the outdoors.  There is something for everyone all year round, from walking and family cycling to mountain biking, Go Ape and adventure play. 

The GruffaloOh help! Oh no! It's a Gruffalo!

We've teamed up with The Gruffalo to help celebrate his 15th anniversary. Sign up at forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo to hear about all things Gruffalo or click here for information on the Gruffalo Trail.

ForestLiveForest Live 2014 acts announced

Artists this year are Paul Weller, Boyzone, and Jessie J. Buy tickets from 03000 680400 or online.

Spring Thing event. Sherwood PinesKing John is coming.....

The Friends of Thynghowe and Regia Anglorum present the prequel to the Magna Carta. The two day Spring Thing cultural heritage event is to be held in Sherwood Pines on the 17th & 18th May 2014. 

Meet Patti the dog from Sherwood PinesRuff Guide to Sherwood Pines

Find out about Patti, her owner and her favourite place for a walk in Sherwood Pines, as well as great dog friendly places to eat and sleep near by.

Planning your visit

Check out car parking, opening times and more before you set off.

Awesome bike trails

The forest provides a great venue for many activities. The cycling facilities provide something for every one, from family cyclists to experienced off road riders.

Forest walking trails

 The way marked walking trails meander through some of the oldest parts of the forest. There are also many other tracks and trails to be explored.

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure

Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway. Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

Brilliant events & activities

From fungi walks to willow basket making there is loads to join in with this year in Sherwood Pines.

Play in the forest

Toddle around the Mushroom Village, zoom along the Boardwalk, climb on the Insect and the Spider or hideout at Robin Hood’s Retreat.  There’s something for every age and ability.

Not forgetting of course, the huge natural playground created by the trees and landscape for den building and exploration!

Horse riding

Love to ride your horse in the woods?  Well come along to Sherwood Pines and make the most of largest forest open to the public in the East Midlands.

Sherwood Bushcraft

Bushcraft, traditional woodland skills and team building activities in Sherwood Pines.

Learning in the forest

Sherwood Pines offers fantastic opportunities for learners of all ages and abilities.

Orienteering

Orienteering is a sport in which participants navigate their way around a course using a specially drawn map to find particular posts or control points, collecting clues as they go orienteering is a sport in which participants navigate their way around a course using a specially drawn map to find particular posts or control points, collecting clues as they go.

Food & drink

The cafe is open throughout the week serving tasty treats to delicious dinners.

Managing the forest

Interested in how we manage Sherwood Pines? Have a look for more details.


Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

I've been coming to Sherwood Pines for five years now to ride my mountain bike. The trails have continued to be improved and now they can be ridden all year round, no matter what the weather. Well done! The storms of the last few months caused devastation in parts of the forest, but I was astonished at how rapidly the local FC team cleared the trails and made them safe. But I think you missed a trick by not incorporating the fallen trees into trail features. A bit of hardcore in front and behind the tree trunks would have made some sections of the trail more interesting. Whoever thought of the rock drop between post 4 & 5 is a genius! The escape route for it is well planned and overall the new feature caters for a wider community. Every single person I have spoken to think it's a great feature (even the ones that can't ride it!) More please!

Steve Sordy, 22/Apr/2014
2 Stars 2 Stars

I visited the woods on Thursday 17th April with my 2 c Grandchildren. Whilst they were playing on the adventure playground my grandson a strong almost 9 year old slipped on the chain balance and landed straddled over it. Another parent said her son had done the same the week before . He appears to have suffered no harm other than a grazed upper inner thigh. It may be that yout h&s team should have a look at this as it is obviously a concern area. Other than that we had a great day even though it was very cold.

M Henderson, 22/Apr/2014

Hi, thanks for your comments. All of the play areas at Sherwood Pines are visually checked every day and are facility checked every month. A member of the recreation team will have a look at the item of play equipment to ensure it meets our H&S standards.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Just come back from Sherwood Pines with my friends. Spend amazing time and definitely will back again. Thank Jay and Chriss.

Robert Broda, 13/Apr/2014
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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Mountain biking
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Orienteering
  • Segway
  • Cycling
  • The forest caters for all on a bicycle. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Cycle wash
  • Is located near the cycle shop.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is allowed throughout the wood though there are no designated horse trails.
  • Information
  • The information centre is located near the cafe and toilets. It is manned whenever possible.
  • Litter bin
  • Litter bins are situated around the car park and visitor centre.
  • Parking (easy access)
  • Disabled bays are available.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Please note the closing time when you arrive as we now operate contract closing in the forest park. A release fee will be chargeable for vehicles left beyond this time.
  • Picnic
  • Picnic benches are situated near the visitor centre and on the Dragonfly Trail.
  • Play area
  • Sherwood Pines caters for all with Mushroom Village near the visitor centre for little ones progressing to Robin Hood's Hideout hidden in the woods.
  • Walking
  • There are two walking trails. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Visitor centre
  • The visitor centre provides info and leaflets for the forest trails and events
  • Toliets
  • Are situated near the information centre.
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: SK612637
Postcode: NG21 9JL

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Contact

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
The Forest Park is open from 8am until 10pm over the light summer months and 8am until 6pm during the darker winter months.
Parking
Please note the closing time when you arrive as we now operate contract closing in the forest park. A release fee will be chargeable for vehicles left beyond this time.
Discovery Pass
Discovery Pass is available at this site. Please see the District Office during opening hours Mon-Fri 8-4pm or the Ranger Information Point.

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