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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.

Improvements to Alice Holt Forest

Cyclists relaxing at Alice Holt cafe Improvements to Alice Holt Forest will soon be underway! The main change will be a new café with bigger indoor and outdoor seating areas, and landscape changes to improve access for all abilities. The new building will be of the high design and quality standards that our visitors expect, and will be open from this winter. The new café will be located next to the current visitor centre and will see the seating capacity more than double in size. Car Park improvements are also planned.

New Timberline Play Trail now Open!

Timberline play trail being built, Alice HoltChildren of all ages and abilities will love the new “Timberline” play trail. With its adventure climbing units, challenging balance beams, wobbly bridges and exhilarating slides, we're sure this new play area will bring even more hours of play for all the family at Alice Holt!

This Month's Special Offer

BBQFancy staying in the Forest? Escape to a luxury self-catering woodland cabin in Blackwood Forest with Forest Holidays, only 30 miles from Alice Holt Forest. Visit the Forest Holidays website for more information and quote ALICEHOLT10 to get 10% discount. Booking must be made by 31st December 2016 and taken by the 31st December 2017.

Paws Outdoors

Dog on lead close-upWalking your dog is a great way to exercise and explore the great outdoors. With miles of paths to explore in our forests, there’s no need to leave your four-legged friend behind next time you’re planning a day out. Help us keep all tails wagging by making sure to follow our Forest Dog Code, so our forests stay in great shape too

Join Stickman in the Forest

Stickman familyVisit Alice Holt Forest to help Stick Man find his way back to his family tree. Further information can be found here.


Gruffalo Sculptures

Gruffalo’s Child Trails The Gruffalo and Gruffalo's Child sculptures can be found on our Easy Access Discovery Trail, so why not come and visit and see if you can find them? 


Cycling at Alice Holt

Family cyclingOur 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.

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 discover something new.

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 Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior

Enjoy adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape’s Tree Top Junior course (min age 4yrs and min height 1m). For more information and to book visit Go Ape.

What do other visitors say?

Is it possible to do the trail with a pushchair? I have a 1, 3 & 5 year old.

Mary, 3/Apr/2016

Thank you for your enquiry. The trail is on the Easy Access Discovery Trail which is pushchair and wheelchair friendly.

Forestry Commission Response

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)

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Last updated: 10th May 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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