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What's On at Bedgebury 2014

Follow the Gruffalo's Child Trail from 3 October until February 2015!

Gruffalo’s Child Trails If you enjoyed the Gruffalo trail, you'll love our Gruffalo's Child trail which will be in place in the Pinetum until February 2015.

You can follow the trail based around characters from Julia Donaldson’s and Axel Scheffler’s hugely popular Gruffalo stories, on an activity trail that will lead children through the trees, learning about woods and forests, and the animals that make them their home as you go. You may also find our very own Gruffalo sculpture along the way!

To make the most of the trail, pick up your trail guide and activity pack from the visitor centre, priced at £2

Sign up to find out more about Gruffalo fun with the Forestry Commission.

You can also download our free Gruffalo autumn activity sheets to learn more about leaves and seeds.

13 October - Fungi Day at Bedgebury

Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest remains one the best places in the south east for fungi, resulting in a stunning array of mushrooms each autumn. As well as looking beautiful, they also provide our Forestry Commission team with an insight to tree health and are therefore useful and important biological indicators.

Fungi growing through Sweet chestnut leaf litterThere will be two sessions, one starting at 9.30am and one starting at 1.30pm. Each will begin with a talk on the different type of mushrooms and how to identify them. This will be followed by a guided tour of the Pinetum’s mushrooms.

There will be a £20 charge per person and normal site admission charges will apply to non-members. Payment is required upon booking.  A group booking of 10 or more attendees will receive a 10% discount.

Call 01580 879842 to book your place or for any enquiries.  This event is not suitable for small children or people with dogs.

Please note that Bedgebury Pinetum operates a ‘no picking’ policy. Please report any sightings of people collecting mushrooms from the Pinetum.

Come on one of our family activities this autumn

Children on a ranger led event collecting woodland objects.We have a wide range of fun activities where children can get close to nature, and 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, and come dressed for the weather.  Have fun learning in beautiful surroundings.

28 October - Collect and Make with the Big Draw (10.00 - 11.00 am)

Get in touch with natural art and come on a foraging walk collecting materials to make into a leafy, colourful autumn crown and sceptre. For all ages. Cost £3.00 per child

29 October - Leaf Printing with the Big Draw (10.00 - 12.00 am)

Come on a short walk and collect some leaves to make into colourful printed patterns which really look like the real thing.  You will make an A4 size sheet to decorate your bedroom. As this activity uses oil paints, plastic aprons and gloves will be provided, but please wear clothes you don’t mind getting permanent paint on. For ages 7+ Cost £6 per child

30 October - Feed the Birds with the Big Draw (10.00 - 12.00am)

With its huge variety of trees, Bedgebury is a haven for many birds. Join us at Bedgebury for a short bird watching walk to see some of the spots that birds might use to make their nests. You will find out how to look after birds in your garden throughout the winter.  Turn a milk carton into a peanut feeder and make a pine cone pasty to take home. A hands-on event for all the family. For age 5+ years Cost £6 per child Pre-booking is essential for these events as spaces are limited. Free parking applies.

Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event, and suitable clothing for the event and for the weather must be worn. 

20 -22 November - The Wealden Times Midwinter Fair

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

Christmas decorationsAs 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



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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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