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Come for a great day out in the woods! You can walk, cycle, play or have a picnic in these lovely woods. Experience life in the trees with Go Ape, take a relaxing break in our café and finish your visit with a quiet stroll in one of the more remote parts of the forest. 

For a copy of Your Forest, a map and a set of children's activity leaflets see 'Related Documents' below.

Forest web page 150x98pxJoin Stick Man on his forest adventure this winter

Why not visit Alice Holt Forest with your family this winter to help Stick Man find his way back to his family tree and be reunited with his Stick Lady Love, and his Stick children three.

From 7th December 2015, there will be a self-led trail allowing children and families to join Stick Man on his forest adventure.

For further information about the trail, please click here

Gruffalo’s Child Trails Gruffalo's Child

Have you met the newest addition to our family?

The Gruffalo's child has arrived at Alice Holt, you are invited to venture into the deep dark wood this autumn and winter to find The Gruffalo’s Child, who has followed The Gruffalo out of his comfortable cave for a forest adventure. She can be found on our Easy Access Discovery Trail, so why not come and visit and see if you can find her? 

The Cafe on the Green has a range of Gruffalo merchandise on sale (subject to availability).

Our events calendar for July - December is available online here.

Harvesting Operations

Harvester at Sherwood Please note there is harvesting scheduled to take place throughout the forest over the coming weeks, which may impact on your visit.
Please obey all signs and diversions and do not climb on any timber stacks you may come across in the forest.
We appreciate your co-operation during this time.

The impact of this harvesting work on the central area (by the Cafe, Visitor Centre and play grounds) will be minimal, the wider forest will be mostly affected by the work.

We are looking to re-start harvesting operations in Alice Holt on 12th October. The work will be taking place on weekdays only.

For your own safety, follow all signs and diversions. We apologise for any inconvenience.

New Car Parking System

We have implemented a new ticketless barrier system using number plate recognition. This will mean that you will only pay for the exact length of your stay, so you can relax, without worrying about your car park ticket expiring.

How the new system works:
When you drive up to the barrier system for the first time, the number plate recognition technology will record the details of the vehicle’s number plate for that particular visit and remember it for future visits.
The barrier will then automatically raise to allow you to enter.
When you park your car, please take a note of or remember your number plate.
At the end of your visit, you will need to go to a pay machine, type in your vehicle registration number and the machine will then display the payment required. Payment can then be made with cash or payment card and a receipt will be issued if required.
Once payment has been made, the transaction is automatically registered so that when your vehicle approaches the exit barrier, the number plate will be recognised and the barrier will lift to allow your vehicle to exit the Forest.

Discovery Pass holders will automatically be registered with the system and will be able to access and egress automatically.

In line with national policy, parking charges apply for blue badge holders.

Pay by Phone parking will not be available after the 30th April 2015.

Our parking charges have changed with the introduction of the new ticketless barrier system.
£1.80 up to 1 hour
£3.00 up to 2 hours
£4.50 up to 3 hours
£6.00 up to 4 hours
£8.00 over 4 hours

£20.00 minibus parking
£50.00 coach parking

£50.00 Discovery Pass (available online or from the Forest Office Monday - Thursday).

Where does your money go?

The money you pay to park your car, buy a cup of coffee, hire a bike or to take part in an event helps us to look after your forest.

The Alice Holt team wants to say a huge THANK YOU to all our visitors for helping to keep Alice Holt Forest a fantastic place for people, trees and wildlife.

Cycling at Alice Holt

Family cyclingOur new cycle hire provider is on site with a range of adult and children's bikes available.
The Cycle Centre is open 7 days a week from 9am till 4pm. For further information call 01420 521297 or visit their website.

'Cycling for All' groups will continue to be supported by volunteers.

New Cycle Activity Trail

Family having fun cycling along a forest road.There are 6 posters along the Family Cycle Trail, each with information about the forest and things to do in each location.
Have fun, get the children to look out for the posters and maybe find out something you didn't know.

Forest Discovery Trail

There are a series of posters along the Habitat Trail with information and activities all about forests.
Next time you're on the trail visiting the owl, why not take a look and have a go at some of the activities.

Construction in 2015

Due to our increasing popularity we are improving our facilities and car parking systems. 
This year will be a busy one as we also start construction of a purpose built cafe and new cycling facilities, which should be open for business in early 2016.
The cafe will be located on the meadow adjacent to the Visitor Centre building and will be much bigger than the existing one.
Larger cycling premises will be developed in the yard area next to the All Ability Cycle Trail.
We will keep you updated here and on our Facebook page.


Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

Emily, Alice Holt Inclusive Cycling has a large range of adapted bikes for people with disabilities and we are at the forest every Thursday morning come rain or shine. At other times our bikes can be hired through the Bike Hire company at Alice Holt.

Peter , 27/Sep/2015

We used to enjoy hiring the accessible cycles for our severely physically disabled son - but now this is no longer running it excludes us from cycling in the forest. How do we become members of one of these "committed groups" who access accessible cycling in the forest please?

Without this it means we can now only access one of the trails in Alice Holt. This combined with the high parking rate means Alice Holt is unfortunately a far less attractive day out for us, which is a shame. Once gain, disabled visitors and their families are facing exclusion. I'm very disappointed.

Emily, 20/Sep/2015

Thinking of meeting some friends with kids tomortow at the adventure playground and then walking a trail. Are there any restrictions on me bringing my dog too? I don't want to spoil the experience for the kids if the dog can't go everywhere, but it will be a long day for her if I leave her behind!

Alison, 18/Aug/2015

Thank you for your comment. Dogs are welcome at Alice Holt in all areas other than Playwood play area. We do request that dogs must be under control at all times.

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Last updated: 11/20/2015

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What's Here?

  • Barbeque
  • Cafe
  • Dog bin
  • Dogs on lead
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Orienteering
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Toliets
  • Cycling
  • There is a popular waymarked Family Cycle Trail through the forest. The Family Cycle Trail is a relatively easy 3 mile ride around the forest with some steep hills. Cycling is permitted on existing tracks and paths within the forest. Cycle hire is availble on site through Quench Cycles.
  • Cycling Hire
  • Quench Cycles have bikes, trikes, tandems, wheelchair bikes and tag alongs. They also offer a cycle repair service and run training courses, guided rides and chicldren's birthday parties. Contact Quench Cycles on 01420 520355.
  • Horse riding
  • There are a number of suitable routes for horse riders within the forest. A permit is required by all horse riders who wish to ride off of the public bridleways in the forest. Please contact TROT on 01622 735599 to apply for a permit.
  • Trail (easy)
  • Our Easy Access Discovery Trail is suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users and takes you through a variety of woodland and has an optional short cut. Pick up a special leaflet to discover the features along the trail.
  • Walking
  • Alice Holt Forest is an ideal place for a walk in the woods. You can follow the waymarked trails or walk your own routes. A map of the forest is available from the car parks and at the Cafe.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SU 811 417
Postcode: GU10 4LS

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0300 067 4448

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