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Explore Alice Holt Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 5/5)

Come for a great day out in the woods! You can walk, cycle, play or have a picnic in these lovely woods. Experience life in the trees with Go Ape, take a relaxing break in our café and finish your visit with a quiet stroll in one of the more remote parts of the forest.

Forest web page 150x98pxJoin Stick Man on his forest adventure this winter!

Why not visit Alice Holt Forest with your family this winter to help Stick Man find his way back to his family tree and be reunited with his Stick Lady Love, and his Stick children three. Pick up a special Stick Man activity pack from the Visitor Centre to help you complete fun activities along the way.

For further information about the trail, please click here

Gruffalo’s Child Trails Gruffalo's Child

Have you met the newest addition to our family?

The Gruffalo's child has arrived at Alice Holt, you are invited to venture 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 adventure. She can be found on our Easy Access Discovery Trail, so why not come and visit and see if you can find her?

The Cafe on the Green has a range of Gruffalo merchandise on sale (subject to availability).

Harvesting Operations

Harvester at Sherwood Please note there is harvesting scheduled to take place throughout the forest over the coming weeks, which may impact on your visit.
Please obey all signs and diversions and do not climb on any timber stacks you may come across in the forest.
We appreciate your co-operation during this time.

The impact of this harvesting work on the central area (by the Cafe, Visitor Centre and play grounds) will be minimal, the wider forest will be mostly affected by the work.

The work will be taking place on weekdays only.

For your own safety, follow all signs and diversions. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Cycling at Alice Holt

Family cyclingOur new cycle hire provider is on site with a range of adult and children's bikes available.
The Cycle Centre is open 7 days a week from 9am till 4pm. For further information call 01420 521297 or visit their website.

'Cycling for All' groups will continue to be supported by volunteers.

New Cycle Activity Trail

Family having fun cycling along a forest road.There are 6 posters along the Family Cycle Trail, each with information about the forest and things to do in each location.
Have fun, get the children to look out for the posters and maybe find out something you didn't know.

Forest Discovery Trail

There are a series of posters along the Habitat Trail with information and activities all about forests.
Next time you're on the trail visiting the owl, why not take a look and have a go at some of the activities.

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?

I am just enquiring how long the stuck man/Gruffalo's child trails will run for?

Thank you.

Ali, 30/Dec/2015

Thank you for your enquiry. The Stick Man Trail will be open on site well into the spring and the spring break. The Gruffalo Trail has finished but the statues of the Gruffalo and Gruffalo’s child can be found on the Stick Man Trail.

Forestry Commission Response

Folks, why not have an easy to find set of "opening times" over the festive period, with any limitation on services or times etc?!

I've looked carefully on the website without success, aside from the response to a question, there seems to be a dearth of information, even in the "Alice Holt at Christmas section"

Chris, 26/Dec/2015

Thank you for your comments, our opening times do vary due to the seasons, we will investigate putting this information in a more user friendly area of the website. For your future information our opening hours are: Alice Holt Forest is open 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day) The site opens at 8am and will close at: 5pm (December – February) 6pm (March) 7pm (April) 9pm (May – September) 7pm (October) 6pm (November)

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

We love coming here! My children (2 and 4) enjoyed the new stick man trail and seeing the gruffalo. We have a yearly pass which is really good value for money. The kids always find something else to do.

Staff is very friendly and engaging

Chrissy, 18/Dec/2015
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Last updated: 2nd February 2016

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What's Here?

  • Barbeque
  • Cafe
  • Dog bin
  • Dogs on lead
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Orienteering
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Toliets
  • Cycling
  • There is a popular waymarked Family Cycle Trail through the forest. The Family Cycle Trail is a relatively easy 3 mile ride around the forest with some steep hills. Cycling is permitted on existing tracks and paths within the forest. Cycle hire is availble on site through Alice Holt Cycle Centre.
  • Cycling Hire
  • Alice Holt Cycle Centre have bikes, trikes, tandems, wheelchair bikes and tag alongs. They also offer a cycle repair service and run training courses, guided rides and chicldren's birthday parties. Contact Alice Holt Cycle Centre on 01420 521297.
  • Horse riding
  • There are a number of suitable routes for horse riders within the forest. A permit is required by all horse riders who wish to ride off of the public bridleways in the forest. Please contact TROT on 01622 735599 to apply for a permit.
  • Trail (easy)
  • Our Easy Access Discovery Trail is suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users and takes you through a variety of woodland and has an optional short cut. Pick up a special leaflet to discover the features along the trail.
  • Walking
  • Alice Holt Forest is an ideal place for a walk in the woods. You can follow the waymarked trails or walk your own routes. A map of the forest is available from the Visitor Centre and at the Cafe.


OS Grid ref: SU 811 417
Postcode: GU10 4LS

Get directions


Recreation Officer
0300 067 4448

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Alice Holt Forest is open 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day)
The site opens at 8am and will close at:
5pm (December – February)
6pm (March)
7pm (April)
9pm (May – September)
7pm (October)
6pm (November)
Discovery Pass
Discovery Passes can be purchased for 50.00(available online or from the Forest Office Monday - Thursday).

Alternatively our car parking charges are;
1.80 up to 1 hour
3.00 up to 2 hours
4.50 up to 3 hours
6.00 up to 4 hours
8.00 over 4 hours
20.00 minibus parking
50.00 coach parking.

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