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Explore Alice Holt - Planning your visit
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.7/5)


Alice Holt Forest, Bucks Horn Oak, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LS

Opening Times

Family fun - walking and running in the woods.Alice Holt Forest is open 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day) from 8am and closes at 5pm (December – February), 6pm (March), 7pm (April), 9pm (May – September), 7pm (October) and 6pm (November).

The Cafe on the Green is open 9am - 4:30pm in the Winter and 9am - 6pm in the Summer (more about the cafe below).

See Your Forest and our map to help you plan your visit.

Where does your money go?

The money you pay to park your car, buy a cup of coffee, hire a bike or to take part in an event helps us to look after your forest.

The Alice Holt team wants to say a huge THANK YOU to all our visitors for helping to keep Alice Holt Forest a fantastic place for people, trees and wildlife.

Bolt round the Holt – Saturday 28th March

Please note the forest will be much busier than normal on this day, so please plan your visit accordingly.
This event consists of cross country running races and raises money for the Royal Surrey County Hospital Charitable Funds and GUTS Fighting Bowel Cancer.
To find out more and register click here.

Adverse Weather

When severe weather conditions at weekends could restrict access to the forest or necessitate closure please visit our Facebook page for information:
We are unable to post up to date information on this webpage at weekends.

Toilet Facilities

Toilet facilities are located at the Visitor Centre and include a fully equipped 'Changing Places' room with hoist and height adjustable changing bed and vanity unit. A radar key is available from the rangers on request.
For more information call 0300 067 4448.

Car Parking Charges

There is a charge for vehicle access within the forest to assist with the maintenace costs of the woodland facilities. You can pay on-site at a machine or buy a Discovery Pass for a years worth of free parking. Please note that you will need to have change or a credit card with you to pay for parking.

£1.50 up to 1 hour
£2.50 up to 2 hours
£4.00 up to 3 hours
£5.00 up to 4 hours
£7.00 over 4 hours
£40.00 coach parking
£15.00 minibus parking
£45.00 Discovery Pass (available from the Forest Office Monday - Thursday)

There is no parking charge for schools coming on visits led by Alice Holt staff. Other schools are able to obtain parking at a reduced rate when they book in advance. All schools are required to make a booking for their visit.


Our 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 

'Cycling for All' groups will continue to be supported but will be restricted to existing volunteers and committed groups rather than general hire.


Cafe on the Green offers a range of food and drink, from freshly prepared meals to ice creams and hot and cold drinks. For more information on menus, birthday parties, group catering and more please call 01420 521267.


If you would like to have a barbecue you will need to hire on of the freestanding bookable barbecues. There are 3 pre-bookable barbecues available for hire. To check availability and to pre-book please call 0300 067 4448.
The maximum number of people permitted in a party is 30 in total (our barbecue pitches are not suitable for large groups or corporate gatherings).

We ask you, please, not to bring your own barbecue for fire safety reasons. Portable and disposable barbecues are not permitted.


Dogs are welcome at Alice Holt Forest but they must be under control at all times throughout the forest for their own safety and for the benefit of other visitors and the wildlife.

Additionally all dogs should be on a lead in the car parks and by the café, play areas and ponds. Please clean up after your dog and use the bins provided.

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What do other visitors say?

I totally disagree with the forestry's comments to move dog mess with a stick into the undergrowth as that is also where small children are likely to run into! All dog mess should be removed and bins provided for this purpose. There is nothing more off putting than someone within your party getting dog mess on their footwear. Responsible behaviour should be encouraged at all times and in all areas!

Anonymous, 28/Feb/2015

We prefer owners to use a bag and place their dog mess in the bins provided on site. We do understand however that sometimes even the most responsible dog owner might have an occasion when this is not possible. In these situations we would prefer the stick and flick method to be used to remove mess rather than it being left on paths and in well used areas.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

A brilliant time spent at Alice Holt today. Will definitely be returning there again.

Sue Bagwell, 11/Jan/2015

Please can I be added to a mailing list so I can be sent information about upcoming events and receive updates and flyers about events please?

Tracy Sacks, 28/Nov/2014

No problem. You're now on the list

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Cycling
  • Dog bin
  • Dogs on lead
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Horse riding
  • Orienteering
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Trail (easy)
  • Walking
  • Toliets
  • Barbeque
  • If you would like to have a barbecue you will need to hire on of the freestanding bookable barbecues.
    There are 3 pre-bookable barbecues available for hire.
    To check availability and to pre-book please call 01420 23666. We ask you, please, not to bring your own barbecue for fire safety reasons. Portable and disposable barbecues are not permitted.
  • 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.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SU811417
Postcode: GU10 4LS

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Recreation Officer
0300 067 4448

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