Explore Alice Holt Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

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. 

For a copy of Your Forest, a map and a set of children's activity leaflets see 'Related Documents' below.

Check out the latest edition of our events programme and newsletter, Your Forest, by clicking here.

Interested in working at Alice Holt?

We've got a Seasonal Ranger Opportunity coming up.
The role is from March to October 2015 on a full time basis.
If you're interested please send you CV to by 5pm on the 16th February 2015.

Nordic Walking Beginners' Courses

Ladies group at a Nordic walking event in Alice Holt ForestNordic Walking is an increasingly popular form of exercise using poles which suits  a wide range of fitness levels. Two courses are now available for booking. Each course consists of four progressive sessions to develop a safe, effective technique.

Course dates are as follows:
Course 1: Tuesdays 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th February (10am-11.15am).
Course 2:  Tuesdays 2rd, 9th, 16th and 23rd June (10am-11.15am).
To book a place call 01483 326266 or 0300 067 4448.

Nordic Walking Refresher Session 

Nordic Walking eventTuesday 3rd March (10am-11.30am)
This is a great opportunity for people who've completed a beginners' Nordic Walking course to remind yourself of what you learned and to improve your Nordic Walking technique.

The session will be run by a qualified Nordic Walking Instructor.
To book a place call 01483 326266 or 0300 067 4448.

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 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). For further information call 01420 521297 or visit their website.

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

Construction in 2015

This year will be a busy one as we start construction of a purpose built cafe and new cycling facilities, which should be open for business towards the end of 2015.
The cafe will be located on the meadow adjacent to the Visitor Centre building and will be much bigger than the existing one.
Larger cycling premises will be developed in the yard area next to the all ability cycle trail.
We will keep you updated here and on our Facebook page.

Cosmos has landed!

Cosmos sculpture - Alice Holt ForestWe'd love to hear what you think of our brand new sculpture from Semiconductor, which is located on the Family Cycle Trail at the Rowledge end of the forest.
Find out more here.

The Gruffalo's Child

Gruffalo’s Child Trails If you enjoyed our Gruffalo trail, you'll love our Gruffalo's Child trail, which is on site until the 28th February 2015.
Click here to find out more!

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

Gruffalo Birthday. Alice HoltOur Gruffalo sculpture is still on site but is located on the Easy Access Discovery Trail, which is in a different part of the forest to the new Gruffalo's Child Trail.
Maps showing the trail and sculpture location are available from the Cafe and car parks. 

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

I have to say some reviews I had read online really concerned me, and another person I spoke to whilst we were waiting to go into the experience said the same thing. However, if the reviews were accurate, things have been improved since then and we enjoyed our visit.

I felt the staff were smiley and friendly. The lights were lovely, you can never have enough fairy lights! So adding more in future years would make it even better!

You then enter a large yurt and watch hear a little story by some dressed up animal characters, their outfits could have been improved, a bit tired looking, but that's an adult just aren't as picky, they all loved it and joined in with the jumping about etc.

The time we spent doing the craft items, was spot on, not sure if you went in before us or after you may have felt different, but for us it was just right.

The Father Christmas visit was amazing, he looked just as Father Christmas should do, loved that he took notes and had a good little chat with my son, he was one of the best I have ever seen. The little gift was wrapped. My son has amazingly decided to save opening it until Christmas Day!!! But from what I haas I think it was a cuddly toy.

The sleigh and reindeer was a nice added touch and to get a little handful of free feed to give them was good (some places would charge extra, but that's just being mean!) there was time to sit in the sleigh after and take some photo's which was lovely.

We were a bit lost regarding were to go to get use our token for a free berry drink and gingerbread man, so maybe as you get given the reindeer food it would be good to be reminded to use the card and be told were to go and redeem it, it was pretty dark and as we had never been to Alice Holt before, we were a bit unsure.

All in all, a great time was had by all, so glad the rain held off.

I would definitely consider going next year.

Tracey, 22/Dec/2014

I visited winter wonderland on Friday. Unfortunately I lost my white iPhone 5 during the visit. If someone found it could they kindly contact me on

Many thanks, Anthony

Anthony Smith, 21/Dec/2014

Hello can we come and walk the winter wonderland with paying to do all the stuff ? Thanks

Anonymous, 17/Dec/2014
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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 Quench Cycles.
  • Cycling Hire
  • Quench Cycles 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 Quench Cycles on 01420 520355.
  • 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 car parks and at the Cafe.


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

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01483 326266

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