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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.

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.

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.

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).

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?

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.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

We have been coming to Alice Holt for 25 years and it's amazing. Our family love all the great things, squirrel spotting and the nature trails. Hoorah for Alice Holt.

Andrew Sidebottom, 23/May/2015
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
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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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Recreation Officer
0300 067 4448

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