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Things to do at Bedgebury

Adventure in a world of trees. Open all year, Bedgebury is perfect for cycling, walking, running, riding and playing in a spectacular world of trees.

The National Pinetum is home to one of the world's best conifer collections and a beautiful place to walk in all seasons. It's great for healthy outdoor activity in a beautiful setting, Bedgebury is in a class of its own. 

Bedgebury Forest offers family cycling, mountain-biking, riding, walking, running,  Go Ape and adventure play for all ages and abilities.

Bedgebury Autumn Trail


The pinetum is 90 years old this year and this time our Autumn trail provides a focus on different trees from each decade since it was created by the Forestry Commission and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

BedgeburyPick up a trail guide from the information office and walk through the beautiful collection whilst learning about where our trees originate from and how we survived the great storm in 1987.


Come on an adventure - find the Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's Child!

You may find our fabulous Gruffalo sculpture who is hidden in the Pinetum! And now he has been joined by the Gruffalo's Child too!

Bedgebury Gruffalo 2014

Gruffalo’s Child sculpture - Bedgebury





Take a short walk from the vistor centre, and see if you can find them hiding in the deep dark wood.

Bedgebury Gruffalo 2014And why not download our free Gruffalo activity sheets before you go on your adventure so you can learn more about leaves and seeds as you go.

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


Gruffalo Orienteering

The Gruffalo Orienteering Course will be arriving at Bedgebury from 24th October! Kids will love the excitement of using a simple map to try and find twelve Gruffalo markers around the forest and pinetum.

GruffaloSuitable for children up to eight years old, a Gruffalo orienteering leaflet with certificate and a course map will be available to buy from the information office for £1.50 to enhance the experience.

You may even find the Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's Child along the way!

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


Families learning to orienteer.Our other  orienteering routes are professionally endorsed and designed by Saxon Orienteering (affiliated to the British Orienteering Federation) to cater for all levels of expertise and experience.

The four courses range across Yellow (beginners), White (easy), Orange (intermediate) and Light Green (advanced) and vary from 1.6km to 2.7km.

Each course around the forest, and maps are available from the Bedgebury Visitor Information Office for £2.00


Did you know that we have geocaching at Bedgebury? Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. The only necessities are a GPS device or a GPS-enabled mobile phone so that you can navigate to the cache, and a Membership

Bedgebury forest.To do all of the current caches in the forest including the premium ones only available to paid up members is a distance of about 16 to 18 miles depending on what route you pick. 


All are accessible on a mountain bike, by horse or walking. Where access by strollers is not possible it is clearly marked.  Wheelchair access would be difficult because of the terrain.

Audio TrailAutumn colour at entrance to Bedgebury Pinetum

Why not download our audio trail before your visit? The trail provides an introduction to the Pinetum and the tree collection. You can listen to former curator of the Pinetum, Chris Reynolds, as he shares his passion for the tree collection.

VolunteeringUsing a bow saw to prepare a pole for den building.

Get up close to one of the most important tree collections in the world by becoming a Bedgebury Volunteer!  Have you ever thought of volunteering at Bedgebury? It is a great opportunity to get fit, make friends, enjoy the open air and gain valuable work experience.

Volunteer using a loppers to carry out practical woodland conservation along a woodland trail.

We have regular weekly groups including the Wednesday Wild Crew and the Sunday working groups (every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month) who, along with the Bedgebury tree team, help keep the Pinetum looking beautiful. We also have the Bedgebury Ambassadors who are responsible for giving visitors a warm welcome, and are on hand to answer questions and point visitors in the right direction.

If you are interested in volunteering please email or visit here for more details.
Last updated: 11/10/2015


Bedgebury Office

01580 879820