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What's On at Bedgebury 2015

Events for 2015

From 13 March to end October

The Superworm activity trail

Calling 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 Pinetum. 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 

7 to 10 April

Drop in Easter Event – Spring Trail

Families can follow an easy self-guiding Spring trail finding mystery boxes along the way. Find stickers and stampers in the activity boxes to fill in a card, and then return to the classroom where children can make their own Superworm and Easter chick, collect their own small Easter basket and complete with a chocolate egg to take home.

Cost £3 per child (plus admission fee per vehicle)

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.

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 Southwest Cambodia. They focus particular attention on a group of Buddhist monks pioneering a small but influential environmental movement aimed at reversing forest destruction to protect the indigenous peoples and endangered species of the remote Areng Valley.

This stunning outdoor exhibition comprising 30 large scale photographs links perfectly with the important conservation work carried out by Bedgebury National Pinetum, and will be sympathetically displayed in a beautiful setting within the National Pinetum. 

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. 

The exhibition has previously been displayed in Grizedale Forest, Cumbria from November 2014 to March 2015.

A supporting guide will be available providing interpretation relating to each photograph. Standard vehicle admission fees apply.

To find out more about Art in England’s public forests visit www.forestry.gov.uk/forestartworks

29 April

Spring Watch - an exclusive guided walk for Bedgebury Volunteers and Members

Join Bedgebury’s Dendrologist, Dan Luscombe on a guided walk of the Pinetum and the Plots.

Dan will introduce you to some of the wonders of the Pinetum and the stories behind some of its rarest and most remarkable specimens. He will highlight the flora and fauna that is at its most stunning in spring whilst sharing with you special areas of the Pinetum off the beaten track.

The walk will start from the Forestry Commission offices on Park Lane at 10am with a second walk to start at 1pm and is aimed at adults with an interest in the Pinetum, the tree collection and its wildlife and will last approximately 2 hours. Please dress appropriately for the event and the forecast weather. Not suitable for small children or those with limited mobility.

£5 per person for members, free to volunteers. Booking is required.

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

Saturday 16 May

The Sorcerer's Apprentice, adapted by David Wood 

Illyria returns to Bedgebury with this the traditional tale based on one of Disney's best-known films. The production features breathtaking magical illusions, non stop laughter, and more water than you have ever seen in a play before!

Suitable for all ages. Tickets (including booking fee) are priced at £9.50 for children (ages 2-15) and £12.50 for adults and will be available soon via the Forestry Commission box office online at http://boxoffice.forestry.gov.uk

The event will take place in the Walled Garden, gates open from 1pm, and performance starts at 2.30pm

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

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.

The 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

Runner’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

Tom Odell will be performing at Bedgebury on friday 20 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.

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 - SOLD OUT!

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

Tickets £38.50 (plus £3.85 booking fee) available from the Forestry Commission Box Office on 03000 680400 or forestry.gov.uk/music

Paloma’s third album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ was one of the huge success stories of 2014 and her fastest selling album to date, certified platinum and scoring hit singles with, ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’ and ‘Can’t Rely On You’. As a side project she notched up her first number one collaborating with British drum and bass duo Sigma on the single ‘Changing’. Debut album ‘Do You Want The Truth Or Something Beautiful?’ and follow-up ‘Fall To Grace’ have also contributed to sales of over 1.7 million in the UK alone; no mean feat for an artist only three records into their career.

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!”

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. Bring 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

Come 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. Bring 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

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 will be available soon via the Forestry Commission box office online at http://boxoffice.forestry.gov.uk

The 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

Come 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

Drop 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

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

Drop 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

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

Drop 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.

For 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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Contact

Bedgebury Office

01580 879820
bedgebury@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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