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Latest News (18/04/2016 09:58)

Due to harvesting operations there are diversions in place between posts 5 & 6 of the Kitchener Trail.

A diversion is also in place between posts 25 and 28 of the Blue Adventure Trail.

After 20 plus years, the Boardwalk play area has been decommissioned to be replaced by something as exciting but more resilient to increased numbers and the diversity of British weather. The space will left free for designers and builders to assess the available size of their designs as well undertake ground studies, rather than have a building site in this area during the summer, work to replace the boardwalk will begin in Autumn, in the meantime, temporary play equipment will be provided. 

Sherwood Pines Forest Park is a fantastic and inspiring place to experience the outdoors.  There is something for everyone all year round, from walking and family cycling to mountain biking, Go Ape and adventure play. 

Sherwood Pines Forest LiveForest Live 2016  

From 23rd-25th June 2016 head to Sherwood Pines to see Jake Bugg, Guy Garvey and Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott. For tickets and more info click here.

Gruffalo orienteering pack2Gruffalo Orienteering Course

Come along and try the Gruffalo orienteering course at Sherwood Pines! Use a simple map to find 12 Gruffalo markers in the woods. Check the link for more info.

Vikings, Thynghowe & BirklandsThe Vikings are coming...

It's time for another Spring Thing and the Vikings are coming back to Sherwood Pines to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of King Canute on the 14th and 15th May 2016.

Planning your visit

Check out car parking, opening times and more before you set off.

Awesome bike trails

The forest provides a great venue for many activities. The cycling facilities provide something for every one, from family cyclists to experienced off road riders.

Forest walking trails

The way marked walking trails meander through some of the oldest parts of the forest.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure 

Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor! Fly down zip-wires, leap off tarzan swings and tackle a variety of obstacles whilst enjoying breathtaking scenery. Min age 10yrs and min height 1.4m. Go Ape.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior

Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape’s Tree Top Junior course (min age 4yrs and min height 1m). For more information and to book visit  Go Ape.

Go Ape Forest Segway    

Get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle our trails. Min age 10yrs and min weight 7 Stone. For more information and to book visit  Go Ape Forest Segway.

Brilliant events & activities

From fungi walks to willow basket making there is loads to join in with this year in Sherwood Pines.

If you are thinking about holding any kind of organised group event on Forestry Commission Land you need to contact us so we can ensure you have a safe and successful event...

Play in the forest

Toddle around the Mushroom Village, climb on the Insect and the Spider or hideout at Robin Hood’s Retreat.  There’s something for every age and ability.

Not forgetting of course, the huge natural playground created by the trees and landscape for den building and exploration!

Horse riding

Love to ride your horse in the woods?  Well come along to Sherwood Pines and make the most of largest forest open to the public in the East Midlands.

Sherwood Bushcraft

Bushcraft, traditional woodland skills and team building activities in Sherwood Pines.

Learning in the forest

Sherwood Pines offers fantastic opportunities for learners of all ages and abilities. Follow the link if you are looking for fun activities to do with your children or an organised group looking for a educational visit.

Food & drink

The cafe is open throughout the week serving tasty treats to delicious dinners.

Managing the forest

Interested in how we manage Sherwood Pines? Have a look for more details.


What do other visitors say?

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Why has the. Adventure play area not there any more my family loved it are you going. To put it somewhere else. Hope to hear from you

Paula White , 10/Apr/2016

Hi Paula Thanks for your enquiry about our boardwalk, Let me take this opportunity to assure you that any decisions based on play and recreation are carefully thought through. The Boardwalk was independently assessed and surveyed in March as all our play equipment is following Winter and ahead of a busy Spring and Summer. Unfortunately, the assessment recommended it’s immediate removal due to its age (it had been in place for 23 years) and due to successive wet winters that had taken their toll on not only the woodwork above ground, but that below ground. Obviously, we take public safety, particularly where children are concerned very seriously, the assessor made it clear that the boardwalk would not stand up to busy periods such as the Easter holidays or even a typical weekend, so even though the decision was forced on us to a certain extent, given the potential risk to the public, we had to act quickly, but we believe for the right reasons. We are well aware how popular the Boardwalk was, many of us here have children who also loved to play on it and for many the boardwalk was one of the highlights to their visit to Sherwood Pines. That is why the replacement has to be right and capture the imagination of children in the same way the boardwalk did. What we also need to consider is that as a Government Organisation, the cost of any replacement will be met by the tax payer, so we must ensure that we get the best value for money. Work on the new structure will begin in Autumn, this allows us to source the best design, but it also allows designers and architects to survey the site, its size, dimensions and foundations in order for us to provide you the visitor with best possible design. It also means that, the area around the Mushroom Village and Den Building area isn’t a building site during the summer. In the meantime, we will be adding play equipment and structures to the area, which will be used elsewhere once the new structure is in place. I hope this helps answer your question and you continue to visit us through the year ahead.

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blue cycle trail....ace

Forest scenery....ace

Cafe food ....ace

In conclusion....ace

Mark, Vera & Zak, 7/Apr/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

Just like to say a massive thank you to the ranger and the two other bikers who helped me out today after falling on the red route this morning at about 11:15am and breaking my collar bone. Currently in hospital waiting for surgery. If anyone knows the names of the bikers, please would they get in touch. Thanks.

Kevin Hartshorn, 12/Mar/2016
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Last updated: 18th April 2016

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Mountain biking
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Orienteering
  • Segway
  • Cycling
  • The forest caters for all on a bicycle. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Cycle wash
  • Is located near the cycle shop.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is allowed throughout the wood though there are no designated horse trails.
  • Information
  • The information centre is located near the cafe and toilets. It is manned whenever possible.
  • Litter bin
  • Litter bins are situated around the car park and visitor centre.
  • Parking (easy access)
  • Disabled bays are available.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Please note the closing time when you arrive as we now operate contract closing in the forest park. A release fee will be chargeable for vehicles left beyond this time.
  • Picnic
  • Picnic benches are situated near the visitor centre and on the Dragonfly Trail.
  • Play area
  • Sherwood Pines caters for all with Mushroom Village near the visitor centre for little ones progressing to Robin Hood's Hideout hidden in the woods.
  • Walking
  • There are two walking trails. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Visitor centre
  • The visitor centre provides info and leaflets for the forest trails and events
  • Toliets
  • Are situated near the information centre.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SK612637
Postcode: NG21 9JL

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Sherwood Pines

01623 825411

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
The Forest Park is open from 8am until 10pm over the light summer months and 8am until 6pm during the darker winter months.
Please note the closing time when you arrive as we now operate contract closing in the forest park. A release fee will be chargeable for vehicles left beyond this time.
Discovery Pass
Discovery Pass is available at this site. Please see the District Office during opening hours Mon-Fri 8-4pm or the Ranger Information Point.

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