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NEWS RELEASE No: 1601524 JULY 2013

Adventure for all in England’s forest playgrounds

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Family on the Quercus mountain bike trail at Whinlatter

VisitEngland, the national tourist board, Forestry Commission England and national partners Go Ape Forest Adventure, Forest Holidays and Camping in the Forest, have launched the More in the Forest campaign to promote summer holidays in and around England’s woods and forests (Visit for information). 

From award-winning mountain bike trails to adventures in the treetops and all-terrain forest segways, there are plenty of adrenalin pumping-activities to enjoy within the huge natural playground of Forestry Commission England woodlands this summer.

The Forestry Commission manages around 1500 woods and forests across England, including over 1000km of cycle track, forest roads and bike parks dotted through the rugged landscape. Red and black trails, steep slopes and tricky corners will challenge the most expert of riders, whilst green trails are perfect for family outings. Bikes are available to hire at many Forestry Commission sites.

How about releasing your inner monkey for the day? With zip wires and canopy crossings, Go Ape Tree Top Adventure or Tree Top Junior offers hours of fun and plenty of laughs. Go Ape also provide Forest Segway experiences – a unique way to tackle the varied terrain of the forest floor.

Fancy trekking through the trees? Delamere Forest Park, Sherwood Pines and the New Forest are great locations to discover on horseback. For those who prefer water to terra firma, head over to Kielder Forest and Water Park where you can canoe, sail and water ski to your heart’s content in a unique forest environment.

For a cost effective and fun break, why not stay at one of Camping in the Forest’s campsites and take your family or friends tree climbing and den building in the heart of the forest? Whether you’re looking to go completely wild on a no -acility site, or are looking for something a little more comfortable, you’ll be able to enjoy the stunning surroundings in a way that suits you.

Paddy Harrop, Recreation and Public Affairs Manager, Forestry Commission, commented:

“I used to climb trees and make dens as a boy - and it’s great that I can enjoy this with my kids now. They love using their imagination and I always feel happy knowing that my family are getting close to nature and having fun at the same time.”

Many Forestry Commission sites organise sessions on den building, pond dipping and survival kills. Take a look at the Forestry Commission England events page for more information –

There’s so much more to enjoy in England’s woodlands. Why not branch out and discover a new one next time? Just look for the Forestry Commission sign and you’ll be guaranteed a great day out.

Notes to Editor

1. 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.  Further information can be found at

2. VisitEngland, the national tourist board, and the Forestry Commission launched a campaign on 22 July 2013 to promote summer holidays in and around England’s woods and forests. Under the title ‘More in the forest’, the organisations are working with the Forestry Commission’s national partners Go Ape Forest Adventure, Forest Holidays and Camping in the Forest to highlight the breadth of activities to entertain families whilst they stay in England’s stunning forest locations.

3. Go Ape is the UK’s number one forest adventure. The classic Go Ape experience is the 2-3 hour Tree Top Adventure which includes adrenaline pumping activities such as flying down zip-wires, leaping off Tarzan Swings and tackling crossings high in the canopy of the forest. For more information, visit

4. Camping in the Forest is a partnership between the Forestry Commission and The Camping and Caravanning Club. Camping in the Forest operates entirely within the Forestry Commission Estate and provides camping holidays at 19 locations across England, Scotland and Wales.

5. Forest Holidays is a joint venture Public/Private Partnership that came into being in May 2006 through a competitive tender process. It is co-owned by The Forestry Commission and Lloyds Banking Group and currently owns eight cabin sites on Forestry Commission land in some of the most stunning forest locations in Great Britain. The company has a 125-year lease on the land on which the sites are based.

Media contact: Sara Chan or 0117 372 5107