What's On at Bedgebury 2014

Beginning Friday 11 April through to September

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

Gruffalo sculpture at BedgeburyCome and enjoy the Gruffalo trail at Bedgebury. Built around Julia Donaldson’s and Axel Scheffler’s hugely popular Gruffalo story, you and your family and friends are invited into the deep dark wood at Bedgebury where you 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. You may also find our very own Gruffalo sculpture along the way!

Bedgebury Family Holiday Activities 2014

Come on one of our family activities this summer

Ranger with children on a wildlife safariWe have a wide range of activities where children can get close to nature, and this year they can meet a real life plant hunter!  Find out how Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest is cared for by the Forestry Commission for people, wildlife and trees.  

For further details and booking call in to the Visitor Services Information Office or call 01580 879820

All events involve spending time outdoors, so please wear sensible shoes and clothing for long grass, and come dressed for the weather.  Have fun learning in beautiful surroundings.

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! This 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

19 August - Meet a modern day plant hunter - Come behind the Scenes at the Pinetum and meet one of Bedgeburys plant hunters to find out how he travels the world to get the best seeds to bring back to Bedgebury to try and ensure the survival of rare species. You will see how he climbs trees and you will have a chance to ask him about his work. Why not come dressed as a plant hunter yourself? 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 our self guiding summer trail where wooden activity boxes are laid out along the trail for the children to find. Collect cones and leaves from the forest floor as you go, and bring your collection back and try some drawing or make a collage to take home. Cost £2 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 -  Join us on a walk that will take in many of our magnificent Native American trees, and try some face painting, and make a feather headdress to take home. 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.  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

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 and it promises to be a truly unique experience.

"Even if you were barely aware of the complexity underpinning the music it would still be a fascinating listen" The Quietus

Based in a small area of the Pinetum at Bedgebury, around a ten minute walk away from the Visitor Centre, the installation itself will be almost invisible – you will see just the natural landscape of the forest, but will hear the thriving activity of the Pinetum's wildlife, plants and atmospheric conditions, come alive with a piece of orchestral music written in synergy with the ecology of the surrounding area, creating a never-ending symphony, heard amongst the Pinetum itself.

The installation will be open each day between 10am to 5pm and entrance is free. Standard admission fees for Bedgebury will however apply.

'Living Symphonies' artists Daniel Jones and James Bulley will be in the Pinetum each day to answer any of your questions.

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.  Further details are available on the Living Syphonies website

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.

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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


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

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Bedgebury Office

01580 879820

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