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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 6 Sept - Guardians of the Areng Valley Photography Exhibition

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. 

Areng Valley 061A 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 www.forestry.gov.uk/forestartworks

Saturday 30 May - An Introduction to Bedgebury’s Wildlife

Join us for a morning’s amble around the Pinetum where we will take a look at different habitats and the species they are composed of. The meadow grasslands will be carpeted with wildflowers, including several orchid species, and supported by a cast of interesting invertebrates and beautiful birdlife.

Bedgebury orchids. Bedgebury PinetumThe walk will start at 8.00am and will last approximately 2.5 hours.

Not suitable for small children or those with limited mobility.

£3 per person for members and £5 per person for non-members. Vehicle admission fees will apply for non-members. Booking is required.

Call 01580 879842 or email friends@bedgeburypinetum.org.uk to book your place.

Saturday 6 June - Rat Race Trailblazer

Rat Race 2014 BedgeburyRunner’s World Trailblazer events return for 2015 with the hugely popular 10k and traffic-free Half Marathon course, introduced in 2014 to widespread acclaim.

 

Both courses take you on an off-road journey through Bedgebury’s soft, springy forest trails leading you deep into woodland, along field edges and past open water, eventually coming home to a superb Event Festival village with post-race food, drink, entertainments and more. 

Visit www.ratrace.com/events/trailblazer.aspx  for further details and to register.

Friday 19 June - Forest Live - Tom Odell

Tom Odell – Forest Live 2015Tom Odell will be performing at Bedgebury on friday 19 June as part of the Forestry Commission Forest Live concerts.

 

Tickets £34.50 (plus £3.45 booking fee) available from the Forestry Commission Box Office on 03000 680400 or forestry.gov.uk/music

Released in June 2013, Tom Odell’s debut album ‘Long Way Down’ shot straight to number one. He heard the news whilst performing on the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury that year. Described by The Telegraph as “utterly compelling”, singles from the album including ‘Can’t Pretend’, ‘Hold Me’ and the gargantuan ‘Another Love’ illustrate a song-writing maturity beyond his years. This has resulted in his achieving the ultimate industry accolade of ‘Songwriter of the Year’ at the 2014 Ivor Novello Awards as well as previously winning the BRITs Critics’ Choice Award for 2013. Following a succession of sold out headline tours and with ‘Long Way Down’ being certified gold, a packed summer of festival appearances in 2014 included V Festival, Isle of Wight and a show supporting one of his idols Neil Young at Hyde Park. Chosen to perform the soundtrack to this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert, the 24-year-old has added his spine-tingling vocals to a cover of John Lennon’s classic ‘Real Love’, generating millions of YouTube views. Tom is currently in the studio recording his new album.

Tom will be supported by Rae Morris who will perform tracks from her top 10 debut album ‘Unguarded'. The 22 year old from Lancashire’s unique voice is so hypnotising it will send shivers down your spine!  

Commenting on his forest gigs, Tom Odell said, “This will be a whole new experience for me. I can’t wait to bring my live show to the woods and I hope to see you there.”

Saturday 20 June - Paloma Faith - SOLD OUT!

Bedgebury Concerts - Paloma Faith 2013Paloma Faith will be making a welcome return to Bedgebury Pinetum on Saturday 20 June as part of the Forestry Commission’s Forest Live concerts.

Commenting on the forest shows, Paloma Faith told Forest Live “We are very lucky in Britain to have such a beautiful and diverse landscape and I am excited to play for you there again. See you all in the summer!”

Paloma Faith Forest Live 2015Tickets £38.50 (plus £3.85 booking fee) now SOLD OUT! Visit the Forestry Commission Box Office on  forestry.gov.uk/music for details of other concerts

 

 

Summer holiday fun!

30 and 31 July - Help us make a giant Superworm

Drop in and pick up a treasure hunter’s bag, and help Superworm to collect beautiful cones and leaves from the forest floor by following the Summer Trail.

Superworm text copyright © Julia Donaldson 2012. Superworm illustration copyright © Axel Scheffler 2012Bring your collection back, choose your own leaves or cones to stick on to your ‘segment’ and help us make a giant Superworm on the classroom wall.

 

Cost £2 per child (plus admission fee per car) Booking is not required for this event.  Drop in between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm. Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event. 

4 August from 10.00 - 11.30 - Meet Superworm’s Friends

SuperwormCome on a Superworm minibeast hunt under the trees in the Pinetum.  Find some of the real minibeasts that helped Superworm, and then make your own crafty Superworm or minibeast to take home.

£4.00 per child ages 5 plus. Booking essential, numbers limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event.

Pre-book your place for free parking.

6 and 7 August - Help us make a giant Superworm

Drop in and pick up a treasure hunter’s bag, and help Superworm to collect beautiful cones and leaves from the forest floor by following the Summer Trail.

Superworm text copyright © Julia Donaldson 2012. Superworm illustration copyright © Axel Scheffler 2012Bring your collection back, choose your own leaves or cones to stick on to your ‘segment’ and help us make a giant Superworm on the classroom wall.

 

Cost £2 per child (plus admission fee per car) Booking is not required for this event.  Drop in between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm. Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event.

Saturday 8 August - Outdoor Theatre

The Three Musketeers – by Alexandre Dumas

Illyria returns to Bedgebury for the second time this year with a sensation which enjoyed a sell-out tour in 2009. The whole family will enjoy this production, based on one of the most popular shows on TV. Join D’Artagnan on his quest to become an elite Musketeer of the King’s Guard in this tale of whirlwind excitement and broad comedy, featuring the dazzling swashbuckling swordplay for which Illyria has an unmatched reputation.

Suitable for age 8 plus. Tickets (including booking fee) are priced at £9.50 for children (ages up to15) and £12.50 for adults and are available online via the Forestry Commission box office or by phoning 03000 680400

Illyria theatre Bedgebury 2014The event will take place in the Walled Garden, gates open from 5.30pm, and performance starts at 7pm

 

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

11 August from 10.00 - 11.30 - Meet Superworm’s Friends

SuperwormCome on a Superworm minibeast hunt under the trees in the Pinetum.  Find some of the real minibeasts that helped Superworm, and then make your own crafty Superworm or minibeast to take home.

£4.00 per child ages 5 plus. Booking essential, numbers limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event.

Pre-book your place for free parking.

13 and 14 August - Collect cones and leaves to make a Superworm magic wizard’s flower

Summer family events - Bedgebury learningDrop in and pick up a plant collectors bag, then follow our self guiding summer trail to collect cones, leaves and sticks from the forest floor and learn about the Pinetum too. 

 

Bring your collection back to the class room to make a plant ID sheet, and a Superworm magic wizard’s flower to take home. 

Cost £2 per child (plus admission fee per car) suitable for all ages. Booking is not required for this event.  Drop in between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event.

19 August from 10.00 -11.30 - Face painting and feather headdress making

Children on a ranger led event collecting woodland objects.Have fun trying some face painting, and make a feather headdress before you go out for your discovery walk. Collect cones to make a memory stick to help you find your way around our magnificent North American trees. Many of our mature trees would have been well known to the Native American peoples as they gathered food and hunted in the vast forests.

Cost £4 per child ages 5 plus. Booking essential, numbers limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event. Pre-book your place for free parking.

20 and 21 August - Collect cones and leaves to make a Superworm magic wizard’s flower

Summer family events - Bedgebury learningDrop in and pick up a plant collectors bag, then follow our self guiding summer trail to collect cones, leaves and sticks from the forest floor and learn about the Pinetum too. 

 

Bring your collection back to the class room to make a plant ID sheet, and a Superworm magic wizard’s flower to take home. 

Cost £2 per child (plus admission fee per car) suitable for all ages. Booking is not required for this event.  Drop in between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event.

26 August from 10.00 -11.30 - Face painting and feather headdress making

Children on a ranger led event collecting woodland objects.Have fun trying some face painting, and make a feather headdress before you go out for your discovery walk. Collect cones to make a memory stick to help you find your way around our magnificent North American trees. Many of our mature trees would have been well known to the Native American peoples as they gathered food and hunted in the vast forests.

Cost £4 per child ages 5 plus. Booking essential, numbers limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event. Pre-book your place for free parking.

27 and 28 August - Collect cones and leaves to make a Superworm magic wizard’s flower

Summer family events - Bedgebury learningDrop in and pick up a plant collectors bag, then follow our self guiding summer trail to collect cones, leaves and sticks from the forest floor and learn about the Pinetum too. 

 

Bring your collection back to the class room to make a plant ID sheet, and a Superworm magic wizard’s flower to take home. 

Cost £2 per child (plus admission fee per car) suitable for all ages. Booking is not required for this event.  Drop in between 10.00 am and 3.00 pm for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the whole event.

SuperwormFor further details or to make a booking, please contact:

Bedgebury Visitor Services Information Office on 01580 879820 or visit www.forestry.gov.uk/bedgebury

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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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Location

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

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01580 879820
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