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.
Our events calendar for July - December is available online here.
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
Our 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
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.
Our 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).
What do other visitors say?
Peter , 27/Sep/2015
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.
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.
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!
Forestry Commission Response
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.