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What's On at Bedgebury 2014

Beginning Friday 11 April through to September

Gruffalo activity Trail  - Oh help! Oh no! It's a Gruffalo!

 GruffaloAfter the amazing success of Stick Man, Forestry Commission England and Bedgebury launches a new trail built around Julia Donaldson’s and Axel Scheffler’s hugely popular Gruffalo story.

Families are invited into the deep dark wood at Bedgebury where they can join Mouse along with other characters from the stories on an activity trail that will lead children through the trees , learning about woods and forests as they go.

Saturday 17 May - outdoor theatre

Georges Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood 

Illyria returns to Bedgebury with yet another Roald Dahl classic full of (literally) larger-than-life characters, plenty to join in with, and just a twist of malicious fun which is guaranteed to send you through the roof! 

It's the first day of half-term, Grandma has written to say she is coming to stay, and George is going to have to give up his bedroom for her. It wouldn't be so bad if Grandma were a nice Grandma. But George's Grandma is horrible. "George do this!" "George do that!" "George is it time for my medicine?" What's the point of taking medicine, George wonders, when it's clearly not doing her any good, and it certainly isn't making her any nicer? So George decides to concoct his own medicine which he gives to Grandma on a spoon - with hilarious results!

Tickets (including booking fee) are priced at £9.50 for children (ages 2-15) and £12.50 for adults and are available from the Forestry Commission box office online or on 03000 680400

"Illyria is an Equity Equity Outdoor Touring Guidelines compliant company"

29 May - Bedgebury BioBlitz

Bramble not only provides the Dormouse with berries, but also enables it to travel across it's territory within the safety of it's prickly foliage.Bedgebury BioBlitz promises to be an exciting outdoor event where al the family can learn about wildlife at Bedgebury. Members of the public will be able to help expert naturalists to complete a fast and intensive survey of all forms of life in the beautiful Pinetum.

In a race to find as many different species of plants, birds, insects, mammals and fish over a 24 hour period, visitors will be able to join experts at Bedgebury for guided walks, talks, demonstrations and advice, as well as some fun activities for the children.

All the species found will be written down to make a 'species record' for Bedgebury which will also feed into national databases that monitor our wildlife - citizen science in action!

At BioBlitz you will be able get involved in all kinds of fun and exciting activities and learn how to find and identify the wildlife on your doorstep. From wild flower walks and bug hunting to bat detectors and bird watching - there is something for everyone and no expertise is necessary!

The events listed below will need to be booked in advance and spaces will be limited. Children will need to be over 10 years and dogs are not allowed.  Each walk will last approximately 2 hours.

5am - Dawn Chorus Bird Walk

10am - Open Mammal Traps

11am - Pinetum Walk

13.30pm - Wild Flower Walk

14.30pm - Pinetum Walk

20.45pm - Bat Walk

In addition to the guided events, members of the public will also be able to turn up on the day for a series of drop in events between 10am and 4pm, including minibeasting, moth trapping, animal track identification, and craft activities . 

Please call 01580 879820 or 01580 879842 to book your place, or for further information.

Saturday 7 June  - Gruffalo's 15th birthday celebrations

Oh help! Oh no! It's a Gruffalo! The Forestry Commission have teamed up The Gruffalo to help celebrate his 15th anniversary.

Gruffalo

Bedgebury will be helping to celebrate The Gruffalo's 15th birthday. You and your friends are invited to sign up and receive a free birthday party picnic pack and join Gruffalo for party celebrations at Bedgebury! A giant wooden sculpture of the Gruffalo himself will be hidden somewhere in Bedgebury Pinetum.

The picnic pack is available to download this spring from the Forestry Commission’s website http://www.forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo

Saturday 7 June

Rat Race Trailblazer returns to Bedgbeury on saturday 7th June. And this year, you will have the choice to increase your run to a half marathon!

Visit their website for further details.

Friday 20 June - Jessie J in concert  

Jessie JJessie J announced summer dates for 2014 and will be performing here at Bedgebury on friday 20th June as part of the Forestry Commission Forest Live concerts. Tickets are now SOLD OUT! Forestry Commission box office

Saturday 21 June - Paul Weller in concert

Paul WellerPaul Weller will be playing at Bedgebury Pinetum on Saturday 21 June as part of the Forestry Commission’s 2014 Forest Live concert programme.
Tickets are now SOLD OUT! Forestry Commission box office

10 July - Discover the dragons

The Friends of Bedgebury introduce “Discover the dragons” an introduction to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Bedgebury in the form of a presentation and guided walk.

For further details contact the Friends of Bedgebury on 01580 879842

Tuesday 29 July - Outdoor theatre

Robin Hood Traditional, adapted by Oliver Gray

Illyria returns to Bedgebury for the second time this year with a production which is adapted from the earliest Robin Hood ballads pre-dating Chaucer - which makes it as authentic as Robin Hood legends come! The play is written in fast-moving, easy-to-follow verse, and introduces all the well-loved characters such as Little John, Friar Tuck, Maid Marian and King Richard. It is a collection of tales featuring camaraderie, swashbuckling action, and riotous comedy. First performed in 2007, it remains one of Illyria's most popular ever titles. You'll definitely laugh, you'll probably cry - and if you're not cheering at the archery competition involving the entire audience then you must be dead.

On the day of his marriage to Marian Fitzwater, Robert Fitzooth, Earl of Huntingdon, is betrayed by his closest friend the Sheriff of Nottingham and arrested for disrupting the peace. But he evades capture and hides out in Sherwood Forest with a band of outlaws under the assumed name of Robin Hood. Here he devotes his life to ruining the treacherous Sheriff, to seizing back the wealth of greedy church landowners and restoring it to the people, and to challenging power-mad Prince John's right to the throne of England.

Tickets (including booking fee) are priced at £9.50 for children (ages 2-15) and £12.50 for adults and will be available via the Forestry Commission box office online or on 03000 680400

"Illyria is an Equity Equity Outdoor Touring Guidelines compliant company"

31 July to 1 August, 7 to 8 August, and 14 to 15 August  Forest Schools Experience

Time 10am-3pm Cost £52

Run by Kent High Weald Partnership, come to Bedgebury for two amazing days of fire lighting, wild cooking, green woodworking and natural arts all with no parents allowed!

A forest schoolThis is not an overnight activity, so parents will need to drop off their children in the morning and pick them up in the afternoon.

 

For more information please download the Forest Schools Welcome pack or contact Saul Fajerman Tel 01580 212 972  Email saul.fajermna@kent.gov.uk

26 to 31 August - Living Symphonies

MISTY MORNING VIEW IN BEDGEBURY PINETUM. KENT.Composed and realised by artists Daniel Jones and James Bulley, 'Living Symphonies' is a musical composition which grows like a real forest ecosystem. The piece portrays the thriving activity of the forest's wildlife, plants and atmospheric conditions, creating a never-ending symphony heard amongst the forest itself.

A partnership between Sound and Music, the national agency for new music, and Forestry Commission England has been awarded support through Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring Fund to create a remarkable new way for audiences to explore forests with their ears as well as eyes. This promises to be a truly unique experience, and further details will be available soon www.livingsymphonies.com/

 

Bedgebury Family Holiday Activities 2014

 

Ranger with children on a wildlife safariBedgebury Pinetum and Forest is cared for by the Forestry Commission for people, wildlife and trees.  Come on one of our family activities and find out for yourself

 

For further details and booking contact Visitor Services Information Office or call 01580 879820

All events involve spending time outdoors, so please come dressed for the weather.  Have fun learning in beautiful surroundings.

29 July - Hands on nature

Have fun and get hands-on with nature in this touchy-feely day for young children.  Bedgebury is home to many animals, large and small, which are able to make their homes here because of the way we manage the trees. The day starts off with a mini-beast hunt trying to see how many different grasshoppers we can find, then in a short walk we will hope to find dragonflies and damsel flies darting over the ponds and spot how well camouflaged caterpillars can be.  We will look at how colour and camouflage are important in nature and then the children will make a bright dragonfly to take home.

Cost £6 per child 10.00 am – 12.00 pm for age 5+ years Booking essential, numbers limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event. Pre-book your place for free car admission for the rest of the day in the main car park

31 July - Drop in summer trail

Drop in and pick up a plant collectors bag, then follow the self guiding summer trail to collect cones and leaves from the forest floor and learn about the Pinetum too.    Wooden activity boxes are laid out along the trail for the children to find.  Bring your collection back and try some drawing or make a collage to take home.

Cost £3 per child (plus admission fee per car) 10.00 am – 3.00 pm for all ages  Booking is not required for these events.  Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event.

5 August - Hands on nature

Have fun and get hands-on with nature in this touchy-feely day for young children.  Bedgebury is home to many animals, large and small, which are able to make their homes here because of the way we manage the trees. The day starts off with a mini-beast hunt trying to see how many different grasshoppers we can find, then in a short walk we will hope to find dragonflies and damsel flies darting over the ponds and spot how well camouflaged caterpillars can be.  We will look at how colour and camouflage are important in nature and then the children will make a bright dragonfly to take home.

Cost £6 per child 10.00 am – 12.00 pm for age 5+ years Booking essential, numbers limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event. Pre-book your place for free car admission for the rest of the day in the main car park

7 August - Native American trail

Come and discover our North American trees. Bedgebury Pinetum collects conifers from all over the world to help save them from extinction. Many of our mature trees would have been known to Native American peoples as they gathered food and hunted in the vast forests.  The walk will take in many of our magnificent trees. Try some face painting, and make a feather headdress to take home.

Cost £6 per child 10.00am – 12.00pm for all ages Booking essential, numbers limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event. Pre-book your place for free car admission for the rest of the day in the main car park

12 August - Drop in summer trail

Drop in and pick up a plant collectors bag, then follow the self guiding summer trail to collect cones and leaves from the forest floor and learn about the Pinetum too.    Wooden activity boxes are laid out along the trail for the children to find.  Bring your collection back and try some drawing or make a collage to take home.

Cost £3 per child (plus admission fee per car) 10.00 am – 3.00 pm for all ages  Booking is not required for these events.  Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event.

14 and 19 August - Meet a modern day plant hunter

Come behind the Scenes at the Pinetum. Bedgebury staff go all over the world collecting conifer seeds. Come and meet one of them to find out how they get the best seeds to take back to Bedgebury to try and ensure the survival of rare species. He’ll show how he climbed trees and you will have a chance to ask him about his work.

Cost £6 per child 10.00am – 12.00pm Booking essential, numbers limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event. Pre-book your place for free car admission for the rest of the day in the main car park.

21 and 26 August - Drop in summer trail

Drop in and pick up a plant collectors bag, then follow the self guiding summer trail to collect cones and leaves from the forest floor and learn about the Pinetum too.    Wooden activity boxes are laid out along the trail for the children to find.  Bring your collection back and try some drawing or make a collage to take home.

Cost £3 per child (plus admission fee per car) 10.00 am – 3.00 pm for all ages  Booking is not required for these events.  Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event.

28 August -Native American trail

Come and discover our North American trees. Bedgebury Pinetum collects conifers from all over the world to help save them from extinction. Many of our mature trees would have been known to Native American peoples as they gathered food and hunted in the vast forests.  The walk will take in many of our magnificent trees. Try some face painting, and make a feather headdress to take home.

Cost £6 per child 10.00am – 12.00pm for all ages Booking essential, numbers limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event. Pre-book your place for free car admission for the rest of the day in the main car park

For further details and booking contact Visitor Services Information Office or call 01580 879820

For our schools service ask for a brochure or contact the Bedgebury Learning Team - 01580 213046  irene.davies@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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What's Here?

  • Cycling Hire
  • Educational
  • Toliets
  • Arboreta
  • The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is the finest collection of conifers on one site in the world. With over 12,000 trees and shrubs from across five continents, many of them rare and endangered, it is a beautiful and tranquil place to walk, picnic and enjoy nature away from the stresses of everyday life. Each season offers different experiences and delights.
  • Cycling
  • Family cycling through beautiful woodlands and
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riders with TROT permits will find new dedicated way-marked trails linking with existing bridlepaths, creating a network of horse-friendly routes around the forest. They will also benefit from a trail map, a secure and exclusive box park and a designated picnic area. For more information please call TROT on 01622 735599. (Please note that no horses are allowed in the National Pinetum).
  • Orienteering
  • Bedgebury now offers professionally-endorsed orienteering routes
  • Picnic
  • Award winning picnicking all round the Pinetum and forest
  • Play area
  • Discover exciting new play equipment amongst the trees. All ability half-mile Plant Hunters' Play Trail. A chance for children to let off steam in safety.
  • Walking
  • Bedgebury has a network of all-ability scenic walking routes promoting healthy living, including challenging health walks and calorie mapped trails.
  • Wildlife
  • The Pinetum is a unique haven for wildlife including many bird species such as Hawfinch, Firecrest and Crossbills.
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: TQ 715 332
Postcode: TN17 2SJ

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Contact

Bedgebury Office

01580 879820
bedgebury@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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