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Explore Sherwood Pines Forest Park
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

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.

Tom Jones Forest Live 2017Forest Live 2017 - Tom Jones

Tom Jones has announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission. See him at Sherwood Pines Forest on Saturday 24 June. 

ELB_site_150x98_ARTForest Live 2017 - Elbow

Elbow’s rise over the past two decades has seen them become one of the most important bands in contemporary British music. Check them out at Sherwood Pines Forest on Sunday 25th June.

Gruffalo SpottersGruffalo Spotters at Sherwood Pines

Follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. More details for Sherwood Pines

Gruffalo orienteering pack2Gruffalo Orienteering Course

Come along and try the Gruffalo orienteering course at Sherwood Pines! Use a simple map to find 12 Gruffalo markers in the woods. Check the link for more info.

StargazingStargazing in the forest

Experience stars in the night sky like never before when visiting Sherwood Pines this winter. Bring the night sky to life along our family-friendly Why stars matter trail, which you can find by following signs for the Nightjar Trail.

Wild RunningWild Running

Want to escape the streets and run somewhere a little more free? Download the route maps, and check out the new Wild Running routes.

Get fit and get points with BountsGet rewarded for exercising with Bounts

Sometimes you need that extra motivation to pull on your trainers and get some exercise in the forest. Find out more about Bounts.

Forest Activity BagForest Activity Bags

Hire one of our bags to go on your own woodland adventure and explore the forest. Each bag includes binoculars, wildlife spotting guides, magnifying glass, games and freebies to take home.

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.

Bike Hire

Bike Hire, Sales and Repair. Sherwood Pines Cycles is based at the visitor centre. There is a large selection of Adult and childrens bikes for hire with the option of child seats, buggies and tag a-longs. Inside, Sherwood Pines Cycles has a comprehensive range of cycle spares and accessories and a range of bikes from world renowned brands. A shop full of bikes, clothes, helmets and accessories for sale. The workshop is the ideal place for everything from a puncture to a full bike service.

Forest walking trails

The way marked walking trails meander through some of the oldest parts of the forest.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior

Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape’s Tree Top Junior course (min age 4yrs and min height 1m). For more information and to book a visit.

Go Ape Forest Segway

Get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle our trails. Min age 10yrs and min weight 7 Stone. For more information and to book a visit.

Brilliant events & activities

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

If you are thinking about holding any kind of organised group event on Forestry Commission Land you need to contact us so we can ensure you have a safe and successful event...

Play in the forest

Toddle around the Mushroom Village, 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. Follow the link if you are looking for fun activities to do with your children or an organised group looking for a educational visit.

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.

Organising an event

If you are planning an event or activity, commercial or non commercial on Forestry Commission land you will need our permission and in many instances a formal permit.

What do other visitors say?

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To Muddyside up and others.

Wherever you have a multi user, multi activity site such as Sherwood Pines you are going to get conflict, most people wade in and do whatever without visiting the information centre and not checking what where they can go to carry out their chosen activity, yes I have seen bikes on the walking trails, but also people walking along with children, dogs, on the Red cycling route, plus a horse and rider who had taken a wrong turn, bike riders coming in the opposite direction, it's one way for safety, and once last year a whole group of school children with their teachers. May I suggest we all walk ride with a smile and expect the unexpected.

Christopher , 5/Feb/2017

Great place for some mtb fun. Would be great if the dirt jump area was kept clean with bins more frequently emptied. Trails are interesting without being too hardcore and the short downhill is a fun distraction from the red trail.

Stuart Goodliffe, 27/Jan/2017

Hi Thanks for the positive comments. As for the litter at the dirt jumps, we do collect litter from there, however litter is the responsibility of the individual and we expect users to respect the site and others by taking their litter home with them.

Forestry Commission Response

To Paul who wrote on 10th November:-

There are no dedicated walkers' trails.. There were a couple but bikers have churned them all up.. Sherwood Pines is now a dangerous place for walkers, dog walkers and families with children because bikers go everywhere they possibly can. They have no bells to warn people of their approach and seem to think it is a good game to get as close to walkers as they can, going as fast as they can! 😕 Bikers should stick to their own tracks..

Muddysideup, 27/Jan/2017

Hi Muddyside up. There are dedicated walking trails these are the Nighjar trail (coloured pink) and the Dragonfly trail (white) these are NOT for cyclists and we would hope cyclist respect the designation and stay on the Red or Blue Trail, or take advantage of the 39 miles of undesignated trails that criss-cross Sherwood and surrounding woodlands. We also have the Wild Run trail, this is also designed for customers who prefer to run or walk rather than ride. Similarly, we would urge any visitor; walkers, or cyclist to contact our staff on arrival if they are in any doubt to the trail designation rather than take an chance on the first trail they see.

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Last updated: 25th February 2017

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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


OS Grid ref: SK612637
Postcode: NG21 9JL

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Central District Office

0300 067 4340

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.
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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