Bedgebury Forest is ideal for cycling, walking, running and riding, adventure play and Go Ape. Visit the National Pinetum, one of the world's finest conifer collections, perfect for walks and picnics.
Safe, healthy outdoor fun for all ages and abilities. Open all year & great value for money, Bedgebury is the place to visit on the Kent/Sussex border. "Bedgebury is cared for by the Forestry Commission for people, wildlife and trees".
Find out all about the latest Bedgebury news including important site and trail updates, and anything else that may affect your visit.
We have a great programme of events for 2016, offering something for everyone. Visit our Bedgebury Events page and click on each individual event to find out more, or scroll through the calendar to find out what's on when you plan to visit.
The legendary Sir Tom Jones has signed up for a Forest Live and will be playing at Bedgebury on Friday 17 June. Find out more and buy tickets here.
Come along and see our beautiful photographic exhibition trail and learn more about Bedgebury’s important conservation work and seed collecting expeditions whilst enjoying the beautful Pinetum.
Join Stick Man on his quest to find the family tree! Follow our trail around the pinetum and complete loads of fun activities along the way! Sign up to our Stick Man and friends email to receive free activity sheets and more.
The Gruffalo Orienteering Course has arrived and kids will love using a simple map to try and find twelve Gruffalo markers around the forest and pinetum.
Our Gruffalo sculpture is hidden in the Pinetum and has been joined by the Gruffalo's Child sculpture! Come and find them both and post your photos on our Facebook page!
Enjoy running in the beautiful surroundings of Bedgebury. Find out more about Bedgebury parkrun on our running pages.
Sometimes you need that extra motivation to pull on your trainers and get some exercise in the forest. Find out more about Bounts.
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The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is recognised as one of the most complete collections of conifers on one site anywhere in the world, and is a centre for International conservation. It contains over 12,000 tree specimens growing across 320 acres including rare, endangered and historically important specimens. It also provides a beautiful setting to enjoy peaceful walks and picnics giving enormous pleasure to all those who visit it all year round. This is brought to life with Seasonal Trails which highlight particular points of interest and hidden gems amongst the collection. A network of paths throughout enables easy access for all levels of ability
Bedgebury offers all-ability scenic walking routes through the Pinetum and the forest, including gentle strolls, and self led and guided walks in the Pinetum. The forest offers miles of trails that are perfect for health walks, and orienteering, adventurous family walks, and walking the dog.
Bedgebury Forest is popular with runners of all fitness levels and with miles of off road routes for you to enjoy, you'll have plenty of choice for your run. The trails provide a chance to escape stuffy gyms and get out into the fresh air, offering the opportunity to get fit where you can be inspired by stunning natural surroundings. Our surfaced tracks and way markers have opened up previously uncharted areas of the forest for runners, and we also have regular weekly running groups.
Relive the adventures of the famous explorers who brought back some of our most exotic trees and shrubs from the farthest corners of the world. Bedgebury's specially-designed play area reflects some of the challenges faced by intrepid plant-hunters through the ages. Go on an adventure around the trail and see how many of the play structures you can find!
Are you looking for a gentle family cycle ride in a beautiful woodland setting, or maybe some high-speed mountain biking round a challenging singletrack? Bedgebury is the perfect place for cycling for all ages and abilities.
Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip wires, Tarzan swings and a variety of obtacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape's Tree Top Junior course (min age 4yrs and min height 1m). For more information and to book visit Go Ape
Find new dedicated way-marked trails linking with existing bridlepaths, creating a network of horse-friendly routes around the forest.
Bedgebury is the ideal place for children to widen their horizons. Discover our new, wider range of learning opportunities.
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What do other visitors say?
5 StarsSarah , 3/Jun/2016
Took my four grandchildren ages 3-9 today and was very impressed. So much to see and do at Bedgbury,beautiful walks,amazing play areas,great care and hours of fun!
Forestry Commission Response
thank you for your feedback. Great to hear that you enjoyed your visit!
5 StarsLizzie, 6/Apr/2016
My mum and I took my two year old twins on the play trail today - it was awesome! They had the best time and it was lovely for me to let them out of the buggy to walk without worrying about not being able to see them/getting lost in busy crowds. We absolutely will be returning - I think we only saw a fraction of what there is to see. Well worth the 10.
5 StarsScott, 3/Apr/2016
A great part of Bedgebury and plenty of fun for the kids. Good value for money. Yes, it's 12 to park but there's no entry fee to enjoy the beautiful setting. A brilliant day out, thank you