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 trail updates, news about current harvesting work and how these may affect your visit.
2016 EventsWe have a great programme of events for 2016, offering something for everyone. Visit our Bedgebury Events page and click on each individual event to find out more, or scroll through the calendar to find out what's on when you plan to visit.
Forest Live concerts
The legendary Sir Tom Jones has signed up for a Forest Live and will be playing at Bedgebury on Friday 17 June. Find out more and buy tickets here.
Seed Collecting Expedition trail
Come along and see our beautiful photographic exhibition trail and learn more about Bedgebury’s important conservation work and seed collecting expeditions.
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! Sign up to our Stick Man and friends email to receive free activity sheets, information on events and more. Share your Stick Man photos on our Facebook page!
The Gruffalo Orienteering Course has arrived and kids will love using a simple map to try and find twelve Gruffalo markers around the forest and pinetum. Find out more.
Oh help! Oh no! It's the Gruffalo
Our fabulous Gruffalo sculpture is still hidden in the Pinetum and has been joined by the Gruffalo's Child sculpture! Come and find them both and post your photos on our Facebook page!
Parkrun comes to Bedgebury!
Enjoy running in the beautiful surroundings of Bedgebury. Find out more about Bedgebury parkrun on our running pages.
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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 obtacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape's Tree Top Junior course (min age 4yrs and min height 1m). 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?
5 StarsLizzie, 6/Apr/2016
My mum and I took my two year old twins on the play trail today - it was awesome! They had the best time and it was lovely for me to let them out of the buggy to walk without worrying about not being able to see them/getting lost in busy crowds. We absolutely will be returning - I think we only saw a fraction of what there is to see. Well worth the 10.
5 StarsScott, 3/Apr/2016
A great part of Bedgebury and plenty of fun for the kids. Good value for money. Yes, it's 12 to park but there's no entry fee to enjoy the beautiful setting. A brilliant day out, thank you
5 StarsFrank, 26/Mar/2016
Loved the Stick Man trail. Our kids loved the Stick Man trail. They were captivated and determined to find and do everything. Keep up the good work.