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Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.6/5)

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"

Bedgebury Cafe Open!

The new Bedgebury Cafe is open for business and new tenants John and Sally Hall, along with their daughter Susie and son-in law Kyall are looking forward to welcoming you.
The Bedgebury Cafe is open from 8.30 every day and they have a fantastic new menu to tempt your taste buds!

Tom Odell – Forest Live 2015Forest Live 2015 at Bedgebury

On friday 19 June Tom Odell plus very special guest Rae Morris and opening act Alfie Connor will be performing on stage. 

Follow the link to Bedgebury Concerts to find out more and to book tickets.

Tickets for the return of the amazing Paloma Faith on saturday 20 June have now sold out!

Superworm text copyright © Julia Donaldson 2012. Superworm illustration copyright © Axel Scheffler 2012Superworm trail!

If you enjoyed our Gruffalo trails, you'll love the Superworm trail, which will be launched at Bedgebury on 13 March and will be in place until October 2015.

At each stop, you will discover a panel containing activities and questions inspiring you to use the Superworm story and its characters to think about the woods and forests around you. Special packs with additional things to do, including a sticker sheet, activity leaflet, and a limited edition Superworm mini-book, will also be available to purchase on site.

Sign up to find out more about Superworm fun with the Forestry Commission.

Gruffalo sculpture at BedgeburyOh help! Oh no! It's the Gruffalo

Our fabulous Gruffalo sculpture is still hidden in the Pinetum - come and find him! Post your Gruffalo photos to our Facebook page or send them to we'd love to see them!

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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
  • Bedgebury Cafe. Open from 8.30 daily
  • 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 areas.
  • 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
  • No dogs
  • Only assistance dogs allowed in the Bedgebury Cafe
  • Orienteering
  • Bedgebury offers professionally-endorsed orienteering routes - maps available from the Visitor Centre
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Fees to end of March 2015
    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 around 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.
  • Restaurant
  • Bedgebury Cafe. Open from 8.30 daily
  • 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:
Open every day from 8am
Closing at:
5pm Feb 2nd – March 1st
6pm March 2nd – March 31st
7pm April 1st – April 30th
8pm May 1st – August 31st
7pm Sept 1st – Sept 30th
6pm Oct 1st – Nov 1st
5pm Nov 2nd – Nov 30th
4pm Dec 1st – Jan 31st (2016)
Parking
Fees to end of March 2015
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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