Explore Alice Holt - Planning your visit
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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:
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

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.


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 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 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 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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Love Alice Holt! Have been coming many years with our 4 children and will do for years to come. Our kids still find it a great place to explore and play. My only grumble is last time we were there (3 weeks ago) the giants chair had gone?! Has this gone for good? A favourite photo opportunity for us. I do not find the cost of parking an issue as think it is such a small price to pay for the use of such a great place.

Tommy, 16/Jul/2014

Thank you for your helpful comments. The giant's chair and the associated play features are gone for good but they've been replaced with a new feature. It has in terlocking tunnels and different levels so we hope your children will enjoy playing in them when you come next.

Forestry Commission Response

i wanted ask about mini coach parking with Disable blue badge with 2 disable passangers visting alice holt forest is there a charge or not. And is it different parking location then to cars. thank you

ludejero batista, 30/Jun/2014

There are a few spaces marked for disabled people to use in the first car park (beech)and the main car park (oak). There's a map on the website in the site leaflet. You don't need to pay to park as long as you display the blue badge

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

It's a lovely place but agree parking a bit steep, as an hour not long enough and in summer hols lunch and afternoon play soon mounts up..... May have to consider a pass...

Kate, 29/Jun/2014

Sorry you find it expensive. As you say, a Discovery Pass is a good option if you come regularly. You might like to know, though, that the money from car parking isn't just for parking. It goes towards the maintenance of all the facilities and towards the cost of managing the forest as a whole. Parking cgarges are our alternative to an entry fee.

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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

Get directions


Recreation Officer
01483 326266

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