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Learning in Alice Holt

Alice Holt Forest is situated on the Hampshire/Surrey border and within a hours drive of West London, Reading and Southampton . 

The site covers 850 ha and its large size, variety of habitats and long history of active management combine to make it an School children learning about natures colour paletteimportant home for wildlife, timber production and as a place for recreation.

Whether you wish to book an organised guided visit, learn some bushcraft skills or organise your own visit then there are lots of opportunities and free downloadable resources for you.

Guided Visits

Guided visits at Alice Holt are provided by our learning partners.

 Groundwork South  – offer formal and informal learning opportunities from reception age to adults, communities and families.  All activities are planned to the organisations needs and participant’s age and ability.

For more details or to book a visit please contact  or call 023 92617020

 Wild Learning – offer Adventure camps in the school holidays, for children aged 5 years and above.

 Wilderness Watch – offer birthday parties in outdoor survival, den building and camp fires.   For details and prices contact Nigel on 01420 476808 / 07989 652757 or email .

 Other outdoor experiences include the Go-ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top junior courses and cycling at the Cycle Centre

Self Guided visits

For families, schools or informal groups there are lots of events and activity ideas  for you to enjoy.

 For schools

Ranger in a Bag – Hire one of our resource backpacks that will provide you with all you need to run your own successful educational visit in the forest.  There are four themes and each bag contains equipment, games and resources for a class/group of up to 35 children and are suitable for children aged 4 - 11 years old.

Each bag includes enough activities for a half day session. 

 How to prepare for a visit

If you are a school or group visiting one of our woods we have a number of activities, including an introductory slide show, lesson plans and a sample risk assessment, to help you plan your visit.   Click here for more information.

 If you are planning a visit to a FC wood then please do get in touch beforehand.  Our learning team will be able to help you to plan and prepare for your visit, and keep you up to date with any Forestry activities that may be happening at your chosen venue.  Please e-mail us –




Forest DiscoveryTrail

Don't miss our Discovery Trail along the Habitat Trail at Alice Holt (and at Blackwater in the New Forest). It  has lots of information along with  activities for you to do in the forest and back at home.
There's also a downloadable information sheet at

Children's University

The Forestry Commission is supporting the Children's University (CU) in encouraging children to get out into forests, have fun and learn about them in their own time.

Children who join the Children's University receive a passport and get it stamped for every CU activity they take part in. 
Alice Holt, Moors Valley and the New Forest are ideal places to do activities which will count for the passport.

As well as resources on the Children's University website many of the activities run by the Forestry Commission and their partners count towards CU awards. For more details about CU you can find information at or visit the Children's University website.

 Learning In other locations

Listed below are our current learning partners, offering a range of learning opportunities in the forest district (Hampshire, Surrey, part of West Sussex, Dorset, Wiltshire and Isle of Wight). The number of partners has grown over the last year and we expect it to increase futther

If you would like to make use of a site over a period of time to run your own programme of activities e.g. Forest School, you will normally need a permit to do so. Please contact us to discuss your plans by emailing

New Forest 

Wild Heritage offers a range of learning opportunities for schools and other groups. For more information please visit , email or telephone 01590 612766.

New Forest National Park
For information about learning offered by the National Park please visit


Moors Valley Coutry Park
For information about learning at Moors Valley please visit or telephone 01425 470721.


Queen Elizabeth Country Park
Hampshire County Council runs educational visits in this forest. For more information please visit

Isle of Wight

Parkhurst Forest and Firestone Copse
Wood Learn Forest School runs forest school sessions for school age children and young people from Reception to Yr 13.
For more information please visit ,
email or telephone 01983 246986 or 07710 324868.

Bouldner Forest

The Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust offers a range of educational activities. For more information please contact

Self-guide educational visits

These are a great alternative to our guided programmes and there's also the option to run a self-guided afternoon after a guided morning session. If you are planning a self-guided visit please get in touch beforehand so we can help you get the most out of your visit and make you aware of any other activities in the forest which may affect your visit.

We are steadily adding to our suite of downloadable learning resources to help you get the most from your own visits. To find them please click on Resources in the left hand menu. There's also a link there to more resources on our FC England national learning pages.

Last updated: 23rd September 2016


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What's of interest

 Coach parking

Please note there is a 20 minute drop off time for coaches or minibuses or charges of £50 for a coach and £20 for a minibus.


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