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Fantastic forest days out with the kids...

Our forests and woodlands are open all year round. Come rain or shine you can have a great day out with the family.

Our larger forests have natural play, wild play, safe off-road family cycling and lots of space to create dens, not to mention homemade cakes for after the adventure. Check out our fun Easter activity sheets below.

Wild PlayNatural play!

From swings and slides to hopping stones and hidey holes, the kids will have great fun exploring the wood and climbing around our adventure play areas.

Safe off road cyclingSafe off-road cycling

Many of our sites have cycling trails designed for families, so the kids can have fun exploring the forest from their saddle. Check out our top ten family cycling trails.

Family walking a trail at WhinlatterTrails for the whole family

Bored of the buggy? Unleash the little ones on one of our easy access trails, specifically surfaced to help them tackle the forest. Click for a list of our easy access trails.

GruffaloGruffalo anniversary celebrations

We're helping to celebrate the Gruffalo's 15th anniversary. Join us for party celebrations and activities throughout the year. Sign up to be the first to hear about the celebrations.

Go Ape Tree Top Junior CourseJunior Tree Top adventure

Canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for explorers over 1 metre! Find courses at Alice Holt, Cannock, Bedgebury, Moors Valley, Thetford and Delamere.

Little girl in the forest wearing a crown of leavesFairy tale adventures  

What better place to bring fairy tales to life than the mystical setting of your local woodland? Discover fairy tale features, create your own fairy or make a leaf crown.

More free activities for you to try

Build a forest den

Gather up twigs, sticks, moss, leaves and cones to make a shelter or home for your favourite woodland animal. What animal did you choose? Is your shelter watertight and predator safe?

Download our family fun leaflet

With fun forest facts and free activities, the whole family will have fun learning about our family of trees with Woody and Silvia, our Forestry Commission rangers.

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