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Explore Alice Holt Forest
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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.

Easter Clue Trail

Family on Forest Treasure Running from the 28th March to the 19th April.
Buy your clue sheet from the Cafe for £2, solve the clues and find the wooden eggs hidden along the Easy Access Trail.


There is a small chocolate treat for every completed sheet returned to the Cafe and a chance to win a Discovery Pass.

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.

We're launching a new Cycle Activity Trail at the end of March.

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. Just get on your bikes and follow the trail!

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.

Calling all Tree Tots and Mini Rangers! 

Little Explorers group enjoying a forest adventure.Our friends at Wild Learning​ are offering exciting activity sessions for younger children in the forest followed by stories, crafts and refreshments.

Tree Tots sessions are for toddlers aged 14 months - 2 1/2 years (with a carer) on Mondays at 10:30am.
Mini Rangers sessions are for pre-schoolers aged 2 1/2 years - 4 years (with a carer) on Mondays at 1pm.

For more information and to book visit www.wild-learning.net

Construction in 2015

Due to our increasing popularity we are improving our facilities and car parking systems. 
After Easter we will be implementing a new pay on exit 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. We'll be contacting all Discovery Pass Holders directly with more details.
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 towards the end of 2015.
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.

The Gruffalo

Gruffalo Birthday. Alice HoltOur Gruffalo's Child Trail has now finished but our Gruffalo sculpture is still on site.
The sculpture is located on the Easy Access Discovery Trail. Maps showing the trail and sculpture location are available from the Cafe and car parks. 

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

Cosmos has landed!

Cosmos sculpture - Alice Holt ForestWe'd love to hear what you think of our brand new sculpture from Semiconductor, which is located on the Family Cycle Trail at the Rowledge end of the forest.
Find out more here.

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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

We have been coming to Alice Holt for nearly 20 years and each visit is great. We only live about 15 minutes drive away. We come throughout the year and each season changes to what we see and do. We have come here to collect our Christmas Trees and for many years we would come for a New Years Walk to clear our heads from the New Years Parties the night before. We have used the Go Ape for a Hen celebration, 18th Birthday and tried the mini Go Ape for my daughter when she was 5. The cafe has provided us with hot drinks on those very cold days and cold drinks and ice creams on lovely summer days. We have also had snacks and meals which were all very nice. We used the cycle hire once. All the staff over the years have been polite, helpful and cheery. Would recommend for all ages and abilities. I also have come here through work as an assistant at a disabled school over 10 years ago and the paths and facilities were great. With all the new work that is going on, Alice Holt will literally be able to cater for everyone, any ability! Well done to all involved, my family will be coming regularly for another 20 years at least.

Amanda Marriott, 14/Mar/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

I love the forest.My legs are not right and I am disabled.My son can easterly push me.the playgrounds are amazing and the food is yummy

Louise Osborn, 10/Mar/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

I love the forest.My legs are not right and I am disabled.My son can easterly push me.the playgrounds are amazing and the food is yummy

Louise Osborn, 10/Mar/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.
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Location

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

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Contact

Recreation Officer
0300 067 4448
kathleen.gradidge@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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