Bedgebury Forest is ideal for cycling, walking, running and riding, adventure play and Go Ape. Visit the National Pinetum, one of the world's finest conifer collections, perfect for walks and picnics.
Safe, healthy outdoor fun for all ages and abilities. Open all year & great value for money, Bedgebury is the place to visit on the Kent/Sussex border. "Bedgebury is cared for by the Forestry Commission for people, wildlife and trees"
Find out all about the latest Bedgebury news including news about current harvesting work and how it may affect your visit. Also news of an exciting new business opportunity.
Forest Live 2016 - Bedgebury Concerts
Leeds rockers the Kaiser Chiefs, one of the UK’s most loved bands, have signed up for Forest Live and will be playing at Bedgebury Forest on Saturday 18 June! Tickets for this date are now SOLD OUT!
Find out more about Forest Live here including news of our second act when it is announced.
Stick Man Trail!
Join Stick Man on his quest to find the family tree! Follow our trail around the pinetum and complete loads of fun activities along the way! Find out more on our what's on pages
The Gruffalo Orienteering Course has arrived at Bedgebury and kids will love the excitement of using a simple map to try and find twelve Gruffalo markers around the forest and pinetum.
You may even find the Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's Child along the way!
Find out more on the things to do page.
Oh help! Oh no! It's the Gruffalo
Our fabulous Gruffalo sculpture is still hidden in the Pinetum and now he has been joined by the Gruffalo's Child sculpture!
Come and find them both and post your Gruffalo photos on our Facebook page We'd love to see them!
Sign up to find out more about Gruffalo fun with the Forestry Commission.
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The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is recognised as one of the most complete collections of conifers on one site anywhere in the world, and contains over 12,000 tree specimens growing across 320 acres including rare, endangered and historically important specimens. It provides a beautiful and tranquil setting to enjoy walks and picnics giving enormous pleasure to all those who visit it all year round. This is brought to life with Seasonal Trails which highlight particular points of interest and hidden gems amongst the collection. A network of paths throughout enables easy access for all levels of ability.
Bedgebury offers all-ability scenic walking routes through the Pinetum and the forest, including gentle strolls, self led and guided walks in the Pinetum, The forest offers miles of trails that are perfect for health walks, orienteering and mapped trails, adventurous family walks, walking the dog, and promoting healthy living for all to enjoy.
Bedgebury Forest is popular with runners of all fitness levels and with miles of off road routes for you to enjoy, you'll have plenty of choice for your run. Our surfaced tracks and way markers have opened up previously uncharted areas of the forest for runners.
Do you fancy reliving the adventures of the famous explorers who brought back some of our most exotic trees and shrubs from the farthest corners of the world? Bedgebury's specially-designed play area reflects some of the challenges faced by intrepid plant-hunters through the ages.
Are you looking for a gentle family cycle ride in a beautiful woodland setting, or maybe some high-speed mountain biking round a challenging singletrack? Bedgebury is the perfect place for all ages and abilities.
Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings. We're also excited to announce that the Go Ape Tree Top Junior Adventure is now open at Bedgebury! For more information and to book visit Go Ape
Find new dedicated way-marked trails linking with existing bridlepaths, creating a network of horse-friendly routes around the forest.
Bedgebury is the ideal place to widen your horizons. Discover our new, wider range of learning opportunities.
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What do other visitors say?
4 StarsAndrew Stirling, 12/Jan/2016
As a regular walker around the pinetum and one who enjoys the occasional coffee, it is very disappointing that there is now no covered space to sit at the visitor's centre. Bearing in mind the location of the caf, within an outdoor recreational area, it is also inconvenient in that dogs are not allowed in the caf, which deters it's use. This morning I tied the dogs outside and went inside to get a coffee. Having stood at the counter for more than five minutes, firstly while no-one came to serve and then while one customer was served extremely slowly, I finally gave up and left. Others in the queue were similarly frustrate. I dread to think of the wait for service during a busy day!
Please take this a constructive criticism.
3 StarsVicki, 28/Nov/2015
Had a lovely time as always when come to bedgebury. Our 3 year old daughter had much fun on the trails and exploring the woodland. Although your new facilities are lovely and we did enjoy a good meal in the cafe we found it disappointing that there was no facilities to eat inside with the dog having a 4 month old child meant the weather was not suited to eating outside.
Forestry Commission Response
Great to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and thank you for your feedback. Since introducing the changes to the new Bedgebury Café and visitor centre, we have been looking at providing some additional facilities for our dog walkers and hope to introduce them as soon as possible.
catharin clement, 2/Nov/2015
We arrived this afternoon wanting to spend an hour in the pinetum, but were greatly put off by the 10 parking fee.
Fine if you want to spend all day, but rather a rip off for visitors wanting to spend a couple of hours or less. Also no indication in car park of charges til you get to the pay point. Many other parents arriving at 2.30 were also surprised at the one tier price and like us could not find the information point! Perhaps a half day charge could be added of 5.
Forestry Commission Response
thank you for your feedback. We believe that the Bedgebury vehicle admission fee represents great value for money with everything there is to enjoy in the forest and pinetum and all income from admission is invested back in to the site for future enjoyment. Our Friends of Bedgebury annual membership also offers great value for anyone visiting more regularly and for shorter stays.