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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. 

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

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Picnic CinemaPicnic Cinema

Picnic Cinema is a unique opportunity to experience classic cinema and camp over in some of England’s most spectacular forests.

Douglas the Forestry Commission DogRuff 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?

Do you have to pay for disabled parking

Anonymous, 28/Jul/2014

Hi Claire, yes you do have to pay for disabled parking at the standard rates. I hope you enjoy a visit to the woods soon.

Forestry Commission Response

Hi could you tell me do you hire bikes at Sherwood plnes and how much please

Tina, 24/Jul/2014

Hi Tina, This link should answer your questions. Just give them a ring with any other queries. Have a good ride! http://www.sherwoodpinescycles.co.uk/hire-bikes/

Forestry Commission Response

Hi there, myself and three others are coming to Sherwood Forest very soon to have a Segway experience. I appreciate that no dogs will be allowed whilst we have our experience but do you have anywhere please where we could leave our dog for the hour while we have the experience? Its a shame not to be able to bring our dog to the forest as we would love to go walking there with him afterwards. Please are you able to suggest anything? Leaving him in the car is not an option as it may be a warm day plus dogs are being stolen out of cars and we are not willing to risk that. I do hope you can help. Thank you so much in anticipation and i look forward to your reply.

Mrs. Elizabeth Allen, 4/Jul/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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