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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.1/5)

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. 

Tom Odell - Forest Live 2015

The Forestry Commission is pleased to confirm the uniquely talented Tom Odell for a tour of all seven Forest Live venues. 


Snow scene of foot bridge near the pools at Birches valley visiting centre. Cannock Chase. Rugeley. Staffordshire. 5/04/2008.Christmas at Sherwood Pines

Christmas trees go on sale on the 29th November.  With spruce, fir and pine to choose from we hope to have the perfect tree for you...

Gruffalo’s Child Trails Join The Gruffalo’s Child on her forest adventure

Families are invited into the deep dark wood this autumn and winter to find The Gruffalo’s Child, who has followed The Gruffalo out of his  comfortable cave for a forest trail adventure. 

Forest Activity BagForest Activity Bags 

A day out in a bag! Fun, forest activities for your family. Available to hire at the Ranger Information Point, these bags contain enough resources and activities to keep your family or a small group entertained all day.

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. Follow the link if you are looking for fun activities to do with your children or an organised group looking for a educational visit.

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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Mountain Bike. Just tried Thetford Forest for comparison and Sherwood Pines is superb by comparison. Parking is inexpensive. Wide variety of cycling trails suitable for beginners to very challenging. Cafe is OK if you like that kind of thing. Good and very useful if expensive bike shop. Good play facilities for and kids you may have to bribe to get all the way around the easy route.

Phil Miles, 7/Dec/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

i'm lucky enough to live only 2 miles from Sherwood Pines it's a great place for families walking cycling and meeting friends we have cycled there for years and never get tired of it well worth a visit and you will go back.

Maggie May, 28/Nov/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

A beautiful forest with plenty to do - we did Segways and Go Ape. Sadly our visit was marred by the theft of my bike which was left locked onto Thule roof bars for half an hour in the busy car park- still amazed at how they did it! We weren't the only ones to suffer the car next door but one had two bikes taken that were locked to the rear of their car - in both instances the childrens bikes were left! Any information please comment or pass to Nottinghamshire police thanks.

Think the management need " bike thieves operate in this area" to remind visitors it's not as safe as it looks despite the amount of people around.

Jo Petty, 2/Nov/2014
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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

Sherwood Pines

07825 055 241
enquiries.sherwood@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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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