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What's On at Bedgebury 2015

Events for 2015

From 13 March to end October - Superworm activity trail

Superworm text copyright © Julia Donaldson 2012. Superworm illustration copyright © Axel Scheffler 2012Calling all Superworm superheroes!

Superworm is super-long. Superworm is super-strong. Watch him wiggle! See him squirm! Hip, hip, hooray for SUPERWORM!

From Friday 13 March, friends and families can take part in our self led Superworm activity trail around the forest. Children can learn about the forest environment and mini-beasts as well as completing some physical activities along the way.

To enhance the trail, you can purchase an activity pack including a sticker sheet, activity leaflet, and a limited edition Superworm mini-book priced at £3.50 

From 23 April to end of October - Guardians of the Areng Valley Photography Exhibition

Areng Valley 061Guardians of the Areng Valley Photography Exhibition has been so popular that we have extended the opening time until the end of October.

This exhibition is the world premiere of a significant body of new work by Luke Duggleby. The photographs shown in the exhibition present Duggleby’s journey into the Cardamom Forest in South West Cambodia.

The stunning outdoor exhibition comprising 30 large scale photographs focuses on the rapid forest destruction which threatens critically endangered species and indigenous forest communities. Duggleby’s photographs highlight a growing environmental movement pioneered by Buddhist monks to raise awareness and help communities fight against further destruction of forest eco-systems, and show how the monks highlight endangered trees by wrapping them in symbolic bright orange fabric.

Areng Valley 033The exhibition also links perfectly with the important conservation work carried out by Bedgebury National Pinetum, and is sympathetically displayed in a beautiful setting within the National Pinetum. 

To reach the exhibition visitors can follow Bedgebury’s Seasonal Summer Trail, which has been linked to the photography exhibition. Replicating the scenes captured by Duggleby, the team at Bedgebury have tied orange material around ten trees in the Pinetum’s conifer collection that are listed as endangered in the wild, and these trees will remain highlighted by the orange cloth for the duration of the exhibition. Along the trail visitors will be able to find out more about the Forestry Commission’s important tree conservation work at this site.

Luke Duggleby is recipient of the inaugural Forestry Commission England Exhibition Award. The award is part of the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year, the winner being selected by Forestry Commission England Director Ian Gambles. The award gives one photographer the opportunity to present a solo exhibition of their work in England’s public forests and gives audiences the chance to view the breath and depth of a significant portfolio of photography whilst providing the opportunity to enhance our understanding of the causes, consequences and solutions to international climate change and its challenging social issues. 

A supporting guide will be available providing interpretation relating to each photograph in the Guardians of the Areng Valley Photography Exhibition, and a trail map can also be collected from the information office. Access to the exhibition is free, standard vehicle admission fees apply.

To find out more about Art in England’s public forests visit

26 October - Seed-foraging walk

Children's fun day out in the forestFind acorns, holly berries, sweet chestnuts, acer seeds and pull apart cones to find the seeds so loved by squirrels. Make your own recycled seed pot and plant your seeds, and watch them as they grow next spring.

Cost £4 per child for all ages. Booking is essential as numbers are limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event.  Pre-book your place on 01580 879820 for free vehicle admission.

27 and 28 October - Hunt the Hidden Boxes

Children on a ranger led event collecting woodland objects.Everyone loves hurrying to find the next hidden box and every child finds something little to keep. Have a go and follow our autumn trail!

No need to book. Drop in between 10.00 and 2.00, doors close at 3.00

Cost £2.00 for all ages plus admission fee per car. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event. 

29 and 30 October - Feed the Birds

Boy from the Huntly Peregrine Wildwatch Ranger Club making bird feeders. AberdeenshireMake your own cone feeder from bird friendly peanut butter and bird seed. Take it home, hang it outside and wait for the hungry birds to drop in for a treat!

No need to book. Drop in between 10.00 and 2.00, doors close at 3.00

Cost £2.00 for all ages plus admission fee per car. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event.

19 -21 November - The Wealden Times Midwinter Fair

The Wealden Times returns to Bedgebury Walled Garden to stage their Mid Winter Fair.

Snow covered berriesAs well as stands selling vintage and contemporary finds for home and garden, there will be a fabulous Food Area selling gorgeous locally produced food and drink to feed hungry visitors.

Further details and booking information can be found via the Wealden Times website

Christmas Tree Sales

British-grown Christmas Trees will once again be on sale at Bedgebury this year.

Winter at Bedgebury PinetumWe will be open for sales on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 27 November from 10am to 4pm, then every day from Friday 11 to Sunday 20 December while stocks last.

Further details will be available soon! 

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.

Last updated: 09/23/2015

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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.
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