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Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.5/5)

Bedgebury Forest is ideal for cycling, walking, running and riding, adventure play and Go Ape. Visit the National Pinetum, one of the world's finest conifer collections, perfect for walks and picnics.

Safe, healthy outdoor fun for all ages and abilities. Open all year & great value for money, Bedgebury is the place to visit on the Kent/Sussex border.

"Bedgebury is cared for by the Forestry Commission for people, wildlife and trees"

Come on an adventure on the Gruffalo's Child Trail!

If you enjoyed the Gruffalo trail, you'll love our Gruffalo's Child trail, which was launched at Bedgebury on 3rd October and will be in place until February 2015. Sign up to find out more about Gruffalo fun with the Forestry Commission.

Gruffalo’s Child Trails

Gruffalo sculpture at Bedgebury

 

 

 

And now that our fabulous Gruffalo sculpture is hidden in the Pinetum, you can follow our Gruffalo's Child trail from the vistor centre, and see if you can find him hiding in the deep dark wood.

Forest Live 2015

Both acts for Bedgebury's Forest Live 2015 concerts have now been confirmed.

Bedgebury Concerts - Paloma Faith 2013Tom Odell – Forest Live 2015On friday 19 June Tom Odell will grace the stage, and on saturday 20 June we welcome the return of Paloma Faith.

Follow the link to Bedgebury Concerts to find out more.

Latest news

Find out more about our Off Peak admission fees, and the Bedgebury Forest Runners, a new running club for 2015. You can also find out more about our plans to improve the play trail over the next few weeks.

There is still some disruption around the visitor centre as building work to improve the cafe facilities continues over the next few weeks, however work is on traget to be completed in time for Easter as planned.  

Whilst the information office remains open in the same place, the cafe has moved to a new temporary home at the entrance to the Pinetum. We also have temporary toilets in place in the car park, as access to the old toilets and showers is no longer allowed while building work takes place. Please follow all safety and diversion signs.

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The National Pinetum 

The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is recognised as one of the most complete collections of conifers on one site anywhere in the world, and contains over 12,000 tree specimens growing across 320 acres including rare, endangered and historically important specimens. It provides a beautiful and tranquil setting to enjoy walks and picnics giving enormous pleasure to all those who visit it all year round. This is brought to life with Seasonal Trails which highlight particular points of interest and hidden gems amongst the collection. A network of paths throughout enables easy access for all levels of ability.

Walking and running

Bedgebury offers all-ability scenic walking  routes through the Pinetum and the forest, including gentle strolls, guided walks, health walks, orienteering  and mapped trails. The forest offers miles of trails that are perfect for running and walking the dog, promoting healthy living for all to enjoy.

Adventure Play

Do you fancy reliving the adventures of the famous explorers who brought back some of our most exotic trees and shrubs from the farthest corners of the world? Bedgebury's specially-designed play area reflects some of the challenges faced by intrepid plant-hunters through the ages.

Cycling and MTB

Are you looking for a gentle family cycle ride in a beautiful woodland setting, or maybe some high-speed mountain biking round a challenging singletrack? Bedgebury is the perfect place for all ages and abilities.

Go Ape and Tree Top Junior UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure

Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings. We're also excited to announce that the Go Ape Tree Top Junior Adventure is now open at Bedgebury! For more information and to book visit Go Ape

Horse riding

Find new dedicated way-marked trails linking with existing bridlepaths, creating a network of horse-friendly routes around the forest.

Learning

Bedgebury is the ideal place to widen your horizons. Discover our new, wider range of learning opportunities.

***  Check out the Bedgebury video  ***

Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Enjoyed a wonderful 2 and a half hours looking at the ducks and following the Gruffalo Child's Trail with my two year old granddaughter. Thought the Activity pack could have had a little more content eg the pencil should have been a better Gruffalo themed keepsake.

Also called in at the temporary marquee based cafe; unfortunately

found the prices a little expensive but were able to eat

our own packed lunch there along with a cup of filter coffee costing 1.50!!

Anonymous, 23/Feb/2015

we're glad you enjoyed the Gruffalo's Child trail. We will be launching the Superworm trail on 13th March so we hope you'll come back and do that too. The new Bedgebury Cafe will also be opening in time for Easter.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Beautiful place, good parking, lovely views, excellent map/ path guides, buggy friendly paths - couldn't be happier! The staff in the visitors centre were really friendly and helpful. We will definitely be returning. (2 adults, a 6yr old and a 2 yr old)

Anonymous, 14/Feb/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

My friend and I visited Saturday (31/01/15) to ride a couple of laps of the mountain bike single track and we both thoroughly enjoyed it, the track is fantastic with some real lung busting climbs, cardiac especially!! It's great visiting this time of year and really getting dirty. We're be seeing you again soon

Kevin L-Z, 4/Feb/2015
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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Arboreta
  • The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is the finest collection of conifers on one site in the world. With over 12,000 trees and shrubs from across five continents, many of them rare and endangered, it is a beautiful and tranquil place to walk, picnic and enjoy nature away from the stresses of everyday life. Each season offers different experiences and delights.
  • Cafe
  • Pineatery Cafe
    07724 705749
  • Cycling
  • Family cycling through beautiful woodlands. 13km singletrack MTB around Bedgebury Forest
  • Cycling Hire
  • Bikes for hire from Quench Cycles 01580 879694
  • Mountain biking
  • 13km singletrack mountain-biking trail
  • Cycle wash
  • Cycle wash at Quench Cycles
  • Dogs
  • Dogs allowed off lead in the forest but must be kept under control
  • Dogs on lead
  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads in the Pinetum and at the visitor centre and play area.
  • Easy Access
  • The car park, visitor centre and many trails are designed to be accessible to wheelchair users
  • Educational
  • The car park, visitor centre and many trails are designed to be accessible to wheelchair users
  • Hi-Rope
  • Go Ape and Junior tree top adventure 0845 643 9215
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riders with TROT permits will find dedicated way-marked trails linking with existing bridlepaths, creating a network of horse-friendly routes around the forest. They will also benefit from a trail map, a secure and exclusive box park and a designated picnic area. For more information please call TROT on 01622 735599. (Please note that no horses are allowed in the National Pinetum).
  • Information
  • Information Office at the Visitor Centre.
    Interpretation boards all round the Pinetum and play area
  • Orienteering
  • Bedgebury offers professionally-endorsed orienteering routes - maps available from the Visitor Centre
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 9.50 admission fee per car peak times, and 5 off peak. See planning your visit for further details
  • Picnic
  • Award-winning picnic spots are available all round Bedgebury
  • Play area
  • Discover exciting and fun play equipment amongst the trees. All ability half-mile Plant Hunters' Play Trail. A chance for children to let off steam in safety.
  • Shower
  • Shower tokens available from the Visitor Information Office
  • Walking
  • Bedgebury has a network of all-ability scenic walking routes promoting healthy living, including challenging health walks and calorie mapped trails.
  • Visitor centre
  • Bedgebury Pinetum is open all year
  • Toliets
  • Ladies, Gents and disabled toilets at the Visitor Centre
  • Wildlife
  • The Pinetum is a unique haven for wildlife including many bird species such as Hawfinch, Firecrest and Crossbills. Bedgebury also has 24 varieties of dragonfly.

Location

OS Grid ref: TQ715336
Postcode: TN17 2SJ

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Contact

Bedgebury Office

01580 879820
bedgebury@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
January
8am - 4pm
February
8am - 5pm
March
8am - 6pm
April
8am - 7pm
May
8am - 8pm
June
8am - 8pm
July
8am - 8pm
August
8am - 8pm
September
8am - 7pm
October
8am - 6pm
November
8am - 5pm
December
8am - 4pm
Parking
9.50 admission fee per car peak times, and 5 off peak. See planning your visit for further details
Discovery Pass
Contact the Friends of Bedgebury for annual membership 01580 879842

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