Discovery Pass

Discover the
freedom of
the forest…
every day of the year…

Get free parking, discounts on events and much more with an annual Discovery Pass


The ultimate free guide to our forests

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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 adventure play areas, natural play, safe off-road family cycling and lots of space to create dens, not to mention homemade cakes for after the adventure.

Family walking a trail at WhinlatterGo for a family walk 

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.

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.

SuperwormSuperworm trails

Join Superworm on his forest adventure this spring! Make a wiggly Superworm hero, hunt for mini-beasts and much more, on one of our Superworm self-led trails.

Go Ape Tree Top Junior CourseGo Ape Tree Top Junior

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

What to do with sticks?

There are so many fun things to do with sticks. Take a look at our Pinterest board for lots of great sticky craft ideas! From making stick stars and lollypop monsters to twiggy photo frames and magic fairy wands!

Forest Discovery Day

Find out how we look after our forests for people to enjoy, wildlife to live in and timber to be produced. Take part in a self-led discovery trail to learn more.

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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