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Explore Alice Holt - Planning your visit
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Address

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 trail guide to help you plan your visit.

Adverse Weather

When severe weather conditions at weekends could restrict access to the forest or necessitate closure please visit our Facebook page for information: www.facebook.com/aliceholtforest
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 01420 23666.

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.

Cycling

Currently we are not able to offer cycle hire facilities while we redevelop our Cycle Centre. You can still enjoy our family friendly cycle trails during this time.
We hope to have a new cycle hire provider on site shortly.

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

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.

Barbecues

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 01483 326266.
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

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?

Hi I was wandering if you could tell me how much it is to hire a BBQ for the evening

Melissa , 11/Aug/2014

It's 36. Please ring 01483 326266 if you'd like to book one

Forestry Commission Response

Nowhere in your on-line pamphlets or on your website is there mention of a designated picnic area - or are there picnic tables randomly scattered among the trees?

Mrs Susan Mayer, 30/Jul/2014

The grassy areas around the Visitor Centre and cafe have benches and the leaflet with the map in it shows benches on the Hbitat Trail, on the Easy Access Trail, at Lodge Pond and on the cycle trail. There are som,e at the Education Centre avaialble for public use when there are no Ed Centre users.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

we LOVE alice holt we get a discovery pass every year as its worth its value, we love early morning playing, late afternoon trekking, muddy puddle jumping (its the best) and everything you have for the kids to do. our latest fun is the gruffalo trail we have now done it at least 13 times, i think its an amazing place to explore and even better its only 10mins drive away. THANKYOU for making it a great place for us. x (only grumble would be not to you but to dog owners of PICK UP YOUR DOG POO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

charlotte, 26/Jul/2014
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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.
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Location

OS Grid ref: SU811417
Postcode: GU10 4LS

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Contact

Recreation Officer
01483 326266
kathleen.gradidge@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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