Explore Alice Holt Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

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. 

For a copy of Your Forest, a map and a set of children's activity leaflets see 'Related Documents' below.

Our Christmas Tree Sales Centre will be open until 12noon on Sunday 21st December.

Cycling at Alice Holt

Family cyclingOur 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 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). For further information call 01420 521297 or visit their website.

'Cycling for All' groups will continue to be supported by volunteers.
The final Thursday morning session in 2014 will be on the 18th December. Sessions will start up again in the New Year on Thursday 22nd January.

Cosmos has landed!

Cosmos sculpture - Alice Holt ForestWe'd love to hear what you think of our brand new sculpture from Semiconductor, which is located on the Family Cycle Trail at the Rowledge end of the forest.
Find out more here.

The Gruffalo's Child

Gruffalo’s Child Trails If you enjoyed our Gruffalo trail, you'll love our Gruffalo's Child trail, which is on site until the 28th February 2015.
Click here to find out more!

The Cafe on the Green has a range of Gruffalo merchandise on sale and special cupcakes (subject to availability).

Gruffalo Birthday. Alice HoltOur Gruffalo sculpture is still on site but is located on the Easy Access Discovery Trail, which is in a different part of the forest to the new Gruffalo's Child Trail.
Maps showing the trail and sculpture location are available from the Cafe and car parks. 

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

We visited the winter wonderland today and our children, six in all from 4-8 years old all loved it. We went at 4 so the lights looked lovely too, enjoyed the time with Santa, thought he was very good, not much time to do the arts and crafts but came away with some to do later. No complaints for the money we paid we we're happy. Merry Christmas

The wellmans, 7/Dec/2014

Are you selling Christmas trees again this year?

Father Christmas ho ho ho, 24/Nov/2014

Yes. 9.30-5pm at Alice Holt. Pine, fir and spruce available.

Forestry Commission Response
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Today we visited Winter woodland to see Santa. It was a terrible experience that lasted 40 mins. You walk through some trees and try and spot the lights as there were so little. Then it's into a tent,where you are packed in like sardines to watch a story about a bear. It was so awful and rubbishy. Then you are packed into another room to colour for 5 mins. That's if you can get to any art stuff. Then through to santa to receive a bear that we thought would at least be wrapped up. The website shows a picture of snow and if wooden soldier toys. I can't believe this cost us 38! Winter woodland! More like depressive woodland! Never again!

Winter woodland disapointment, 22/Nov/2014

We're sorry you had a disappointing experience. We are noting comments from Winter Woodland customers and feeding them back to the organisers.

Forestry Commission Response
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What's Here?

  • Barbeque
  • Cafe
  • Dog bin
  • Dogs on lead
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Orienteering
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Toliets
  • Cycling
  • There is a popular waymarked Family Cycle Trail through the forest. The Family Cycle Trail is a relatively easy 3 mile ride around the forest with some steep hills. Cycling is permitted on existing tracks and paths within the forest. Cycle hire is availble on site through Quench Cycles.
  • Cycling Hire
  • Quench Cycles have bikes, trikes, tandems, wheelchair bikes and tag alongs. They also offer a cycle repair service and run training courses, guided rides and chicldren's birthday parties. Contact Quench Cycles on 01420 520355.
  • Horse riding
  • There are a number of suitable routes for horse riders within the forest. A permit is required by all horse riders who wish to ride off of the public bridleways in the forest. Please contact TROT on 01622 735599 to apply for a permit.
  • Trail (easy)
  • Our Easy Access Discovery Trail is suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users and takes you through a variety of woodland and has an optional short cut. Pick up a special leaflet to discover the features along the trail.
  • Walking
  • Alice Holt Forest is an ideal place for a walk in the woods. You can follow the waymarked trails or walk your own routes. A map of the forest is available from the car parks and at the Cafe.
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OS Grid ref: SU 811 417
Postcode: GU10 4LS

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01483 326266

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