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Explore Sherwood Pines Forest Park
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

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. 

GruffaloOh help! Oh no! It's a Gruffalo!

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Picnic CinemaPicnic Cinema

Picnic Cinema is a unique opportunity to experience classic cinema and camp over in some of England’s most spectacular forests.

Douglas the Forestry Commission DogRuff Guide to Sherwood Pines

Find out about Patti, her owner and her favourite place for a walk in Sherwood Pines, as well as great dog friendly places to eat and sleep near by.

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. There are also many other tracks and trails to be explored.

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure

Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway. Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

Brilliant events & activities

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

Play in the forest

Toddle around the Mushroom Village, zoom along the Boardwalk, 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.

Orienteering

Orienteering is a sport in which participants navigate their way around a course using a specially drawn map to find particular posts or control points, collecting clues as they go orienteering is a sport in which participants navigate their way around a course using a specially drawn map to find particular posts or control points, collecting clues as they go.

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.


Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy the classic Go Ape experience in the trees or explore the forest on an epic all-terrain segway.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

Hi there, myself and three others are coming to Sherwood Forest very soon to have a Segway experience. I appreciate that no dogs will be allowed whilst we have our experience but do you have anywhere please where we could leave our dog for the hour while we have the experience? Its a shame not to be able to bring our dog to the forest as we would love to go walking there with him afterwards. Please are you able to suggest anything? Leaving him in the car is not an option as it may be a warm day plus dogs are being stolen out of cars and we are not willing to risk that. I do hope you can help. Thank you so much in anticipation and i look forward to your reply.

Mrs. Elizabeth Allen, 4/Jul/2014

When will the forestry commision be investing in new bike trails, it seems others are improving and we only have the Red route which is 1 hour long

Richard, 2/Jul/2014

Hi Richard, thanks for your comments. Although there are no plans for new bike trails at Sherwood Pines at the moment, the Kitchener Trail has had new features added over the last 6-8 months, chiefly the new rock drop and rock pavement at section 3. The rock pavement and new rock garden were completed on a volunteer dig day last night and are now open to ride. We are hoping to run more dig days which will help to maintain and enhance the bike trails at Sherwood Pines. If you are interested in attending a dig day and helping to improve trails where you ride then please "like" us on Facebook where all of the details are posted. https://www.facebook.com/sherwoodpines

Forestry Commission Response
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Hi, when are you opening the bbq and picnic areas during the week? Keep having to to got to Clumber Park for picnics and prefer Pines as we need to have the car by us for dogs and family.

Lelley, 30/Jun/2014

Hello Lelley, you are free to have a bbq anytime on the grassy area in front of the cafe as long as you keep it off the ground. There is little demand for the outer car parks during the week hence they remain locked. They can be opened during the week if you ask a member of staff at the information centre. Car park charges still apply. I hope this answers your question. Any further questions please feel free to email them to sherwood.fdo@forestry.gov.uk.

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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

Location

OS Grid ref: SK612637
Postcode: NG21 9JL

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Contact

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.
Parking
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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