Alice Holt Forest, Bucks Horn Oak, Farnham, Surrey GU10 4LS
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).
Car Parking Charges
There is a charge for vehicle access within the forest to assist with the maintenance costs of the woodland facilities. You can pay on-site at a machine or buy a Discovery Pass for a year's worth of free parking.
Please note that you will need to have change or a credit card with you to pay for parking.
Pay by Phone parking will not be available after the 30th April 2015.
New Car Parking System
We have implemented a new ticketless barrier system using number plate recognition. This will mean that you will only pay for the exact length of your stay, so you can relax, without worrying about your car park ticket expiring.
How the new system works:
When you drive up to the barrier system for the first time, the number plate recognition technology will record the details of the vehicle’s number plate for that particular visit and remember it for future visits.
The barrier will then automatically raise to allow you to enter.
When you park your car, please take a note of or remember your number plate.
At the end of your visit, you will need to go to a pay machine, type in your vehicle registration number and the machine will then display the payment required. Payment can then be made with cash or payment card and a receipt will be issued if required.
Once payment has been made, the transaction is automatically registered so that when your vehicle approaches the exit barrier, the number plate will be recognised and the barrier will lift to allow your vehicle to exit the Forest.
Discovery Pass holders will automatically be registered with the system and will be able to access and egress automatically.
In line with national policy, parking charges apply for blue badge holders.
Our parking charges have changed with the introduction of the new ticketless barrier system.
£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
£50.00 Discovery Pass (available online or from the Forest Office Monday - Thursday).
There is no parking charge for schools coming on visits led by Alice Holt staff. For all other schools the above parking charges apply, payable on the day. All schools are required to make a booking for their visit.
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 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.
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.
What do other visitors say?
5 StarsThe Old Sea Cat, 22/Aug/2015
Our boys (5, 4 & 3) love this place. We have seen tadpoles aplenty, sailed to sea and walked the plank in the play park, hunted Gruffalos, poked sticks into a creek, been woodpeckers and log pile creatures and forest explorers deep into the trees and enjoyed an evening 'listening walk' and we still feel as if there is more for us to see and do. Brilliant place, beautifully managed.
Forestry Commission Response
Thank you for your comment. It is lovely to hear that you had a great time.
charlotte keddle, 2/Jun/2015
We are looking to hire one of your bbq pitches for a work team building type of event, I have read your online onformation page but could you tell me when the plots are available at the weekends and if there are any evening slots. Also the cost of hiring the bbq.
Thankyou very much
Forestry Commission Response
Thank you for your enquiry Charlotte. The time slots for BBQ hire are 10am-3pm and 4pm-9pm (May - August only). Our pitches are suitable for groups of up to 30 people and currently cost £36 per session to hire. Please phone us to check availability and make a booking.
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!
Forestry Commission Response
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.