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NEWS RELEASE No: 1632325 JULY 2014

Come and enjoy summer holiday adventure at Alice Holt Forest

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Gruffalo fun, den building, family bushcraft, Caterpillar Crafts and a Wild Learning Holiday Club adventure camp are just a few of the activities available for children at Alice Holt Forest this summer.

The Forestry Commission at Alice Holt Forest has loads of fun activities and adventures planned for children this summer.  The programme includes great forest favourites from den building and bushcraft to more unusual activities such as making Wacky Walking Staffs and looking at the sun safely on Solar Sunday.

For younger children there are plenty of Gruffalo Fun sessions (31 July, 7, 14, 21 August) where children can get involved in games, activities and crafts all focusing on a Gruffalo theme. Older children and adults can enjoy making Wonderful, Weird and Wacky Walking Staffs (5 August) for hiking adventures. Also, if you’ve ever wanted to see what the sun actually looks like, come along to our free Solar Sunday session run by Farnham Astronomical Society (17 August) where you can view the sun safely with a special solar telescope.

As part of their visit, families can also try out the enchanting Gruffalo Trail and even find the Gruffalo himself hidden in the forest. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the moment! There are questions to answer, animals to find and lots of activities to do. Trail leaflets are available from the Visitor Centre or café for just £2.  Each completed sheet receives Gruffalo sticker and treat and you will be entered into the prize draw for a Discovery Pass.  And if you fancy a meal fit for a Gruffalo, check out the snakes on toast and roasted fox sandwiches on the café menu!

You can also bring your little monkeys to swing through the trees on the popular Treetop Junior Go Ape course, see the forest on two wheels on your bike or relax in the shade with an ice cream from Café on the Green.

Charlotte Magowan, the Forestry Commission’s Marketing Manager at Alice Holt Forest, said:

“There’s always something to do at Alice Holt during the school holidays. Whether it’s one of our organised activities or just letting the children have the freedom to run wild in the forest. The summer is also a wonderful time of year to enjoy a picnic. Whatever it is that families choose to do, we hope you have fun in our beautiful woodland.” 

For further information on summer activities or to book, please call the Forestry Commission at Alice Holt Forest on 01420 23666 or visit  Advance booking is essential for all activities.

Notes to editors

The Forestry Commission
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. For further information visit

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  
District Marketing Manager   
Forestry Commission
01420 23666