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

Latest News (16/04/2014 10:33)

OFFICE CLOSURE
Please note the Forest Office on site will be closed from 5pm on Wednesday 16th April till 8:30am on Tuesday 22nd April for Easter.
If you would like to purchase a Discovery Pass you will need to go to www.forestry.gov.uk/pass and purchase one online BEFORE your visit. You will be issued with a temporary pass, which you can use until the actual pass arrives. 

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 365 days a year 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

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.

Our Cycle Centre is moving to a new, more spacious, purpose-built facility and we are currently advertising a business opportunity tender to find a new business partner to coincide with the opening of the new building
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If you are interested in this opportunity visit our website: www.forestry.gov.uk/tenders

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.

Barbeques

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.

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?

3 Stars 3 Stars

Came for the gruffalo trail and were a little disappointed that more wasn't made of the gruffalo theme, i.e snakes poking out of log pile houses, owls in trees or a fox's tail disappearing down a hole. We created the gruffalo atmosphere ourselves, so not a complete disappointment.

Anonymous, 16/Apr/2014

Thank you for your comments. We've been aware that some people have been a little disppointed so there are plans afoot. Soon there'll be some large Gruffalo characters to find along the way and the Gruffalo himself(very large indeed!)will be coming on 7th June for the rest of the year.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

As a family we love Alice Holt, we often take a picnic and spend the whole day there, in the Summer we sometimes venture there when my partner gets in from work for a lovely stroll and play before bedtime. The whole forest is clean, litter free and the toilets are well maintained. 5 stars and well worth a visit for all ages.

Anonymous, 16/Apr/2014

Brilliant. Thank you for telling us. The staff who work hard to keep the forest in a good condition will be pleased to hear.

Forestry Commission Response
1 Star 1 Star

Cars abandoned all over the place and driving down pedestrian paths to park on the grass, plus I had to carry a bag of dog poo for 50minutes as there weren't any bins until you get back near the car park - lovely!

Anonymous, 14/Apr/2014

We're very sorry for all the inconvenience and are very aware of the problems. We will be redeveloping the car parks between the easter holidays and the summer holidays. Waterlogged ground conditions prevented us from completing this work before easter.Once done we will be able ensure that people cannot park on the banks or on pedestrian ways. In relation to the disposal of dog poo our current policy is to encourage people to pick up and use bins only when they are close to the central area. Elsewhere it's better to simply use a stick and move the dog poo off the path into the vegetation. This means you don't have to carry a bag and the poo can decompose naturally and harmlessly away from paths and places where people walk.

Forestry Commission Response
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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

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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