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Magic Forest Lantern Walk and Fun with Fungus at Alice Holt Forest

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Autumn scene at Alice Holt

Autumn is a time when fungus grows, animals hibernate, the evenings get darker and the nocturnal animals come out to play.  So come and join the Forestry Commission at Alice Holt for a creepy crawly, dark and dingy, fungus finding half-term!

The education team at Alice Holt Forest has some real treats in store for children.  Fun with Professor Fungus takes children on a fantastic fungus treasure hunt – finding the good ones, the bad ones and the ugly ones!  Wicked Woodcraft gives children aged 10 and above the opportunity to discover their inner chippy and create wands, walking sticks or weird and wacky objects out of wood.

For an ideal family activity, come to the lantern-making workshop with our resident willow expert where you can cover and decorate a lantern made from willow and tissue.

The week rounds off with a free lantern procession through the woods in the dark, followed by the opportunity to recount the evening’s adventures over a warming hot chocolate, toffee apple or spooky Halloween cupcake from the cafe. Just remember to bring your own lantern or torch!

Charlotte Magowan, Marketing Manager at Alice Holt Forest, said:

“There is so much for the whole family to do in the forest in Autumn, come rain or shine. There’s no better place to unleash a child’s imagination and spirit of adventure whether it be discovering nature, drawing on artistic inspiration or exploring the forest by night”.

Café on the Green is open every day from 9am until 5pm during half term, serving hot drinks and hearty home made meals, including chilli, lasagne and some spooky Halloween specials.

Prices range from £6 to £10 per child for each activity, and the Magic Forest Lantern Walk is free. Advance booking is essential for all activities.  Spaces are limited so you must book early to avoid disappointment. For further information or to book, please call the Forestry Commission at Alice Holt Forest on 01420 23666 or visit


The Forestry Commission manages over 250,000 hectares (600,000 acres) of woodlands in England.  Most of this land is open for public access and the Commission is the largest provider of countryside recreation in the country.

The Forestry Commission is the government department responsible in England for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woods and forests and increasing their value to society and the environment. Forestry makes a real contribution to sustainable development, providing social and environmental benefits arising from planting and managing attractive, as well as productive, woodlands.

For more information please contact:

Charlotte Magowan, Marketing Manager

01420 23666