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Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.5/5)

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"

Latest news 

Find out all about the latest Bedgebury news including trail updates, news about current harvesting work and how these may affect your visit.

Forest Live 2016 - Bedgebury Concerts

Kaiser Chiefs Forest Live concerts 2016Leeds rockers the Kaiser Chiefs, one of the UK’s most loved bands, have signed up for Forest Live and will be playing at Bedgebury Forest on Saturday 18 June! Tickets for this date are now SOLD OUT!

Find out more about Forest Live here including news of our second act when it is announced.

Stick Man Trail!

Forest web page 150x98pxJoin 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! Find out more on our what's on pages

Gruffalo Orienteering

The Gruffalo Orienteering Course has arrived at Bedgebury and kids will love the excitement of using a simple map to try and find twelve Gruffalo markers around the forest and pinetum.

GruffaloYou may even find the Gruffalo and the Gruffalo's Child along the way!

Find out more on the things to do page.


Oh help! Oh no! It's the Gruffalo

Gruffalo sculpture at BedgeburyOur fabulous Gruffalo sculpture is still hidden in the Pinetum and now he has been joined by the Gruffalo's Child sculpture!


Gruffalo’s Child sculpture - Bedgebury


Come and find them both and post your Gruffalo photos on our Facebook page We'd love to see them!

Sign up to find out more about Gruffalo fun with the Forestry Commission.

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The National Pinetum 

The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is recognised as one of the most complete collections of conifers on one site anywhere in the world, and contains over 12,000 tree specimens growing across 320 acres including rare, endangered and historically important specimens. It provides a beautiful and tranquil setting to enjoy 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, self led and guided walks in the Pinetum, The forest offers miles of trails that are perfect for  health walks, orienteering and mapped trails, adventurous family walks, walking the dog, and promoting healthy living for all to enjoy.


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. Our surfaced tracks and way markers have opened up previously uncharted areas of the forest for runners.

Adventure Play

Do you fancy reliving 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.

Cycling and MTB

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 all ages and abilities.

Go Ape and Tree Top Junior UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure

Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings. We're also excited to announce that the Go Ape Tree Top Junior Adventure is now open at Bedgebury! For more information and to book visit Go Ape

Horse riding

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 to widen your horizons. Discover our new, wider range of learning opportunities.

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Go Ape. UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings and a variety of Crossings.
Take a look and book at our Go Ape page.

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

As a regular walker around the pinetum and one who enjoys the occasional coffee, it is very disappointing that there is now no covered space to sit at the visitor's centre. Bearing in mind the location of the caf, within an outdoor recreational area, it is also inconvenient in that dogs are not allowed in the caf, which deters it's use. This morning I tied the dogs outside and went inside to get a coffee. Having stood at the counter for more than five minutes, firstly while no-one came to serve and then while one customer was served extremely slowly, I finally gave up and left. Others in the queue were similarly frustrate. I dread to think of the wait for service during a busy day!

Please take this a constructive criticism.

Andrew Stirling, 12/Jan/2016
3 Stars 3 Stars

Had a lovely time as always when come to bedgebury. Our 3 year old daughter had much fun on the trails and exploring the woodland. Although your new facilities are lovely and we did enjoy a good meal in the cafe we found it disappointing that there was no facilities to eat inside with the dog having a 4 month old child meant the weather was not suited to eating outside.

Vicki, 28/Nov/2015

Great to hear that you enjoyed your visit, and thank you for your feedback. Since introducing the changes to the new Bedgebury Café and visitor centre, we have been looking at providing some additional facilities for our dog walkers and hope to introduce them as soon as possible.

Forestry Commission Response

We arrived this afternoon wanting to spend an hour in the pinetum, but were greatly put off by the 10 parking fee.

Fine if you want to spend all day, but rather a rip off for visitors wanting to spend a couple of hours or less. Also no indication in car park of charges til you get to the pay point. Many other parents arriving at 2.30 were also surprised at the one tier price and like us could not find the information point! Perhaps a half day charge could be added of 5.

catharin clement, 2/Nov/2015

thank you for your feedback. We believe that the Bedgebury vehicle admission fee represents great value for money with everything there is to enjoy in the forest and pinetum and all income from admission is invested back in to the site for future enjoyment. Our Friends of Bedgebury annual membership also offers great value for anyone visiting more regularly and for shorter stays.

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Last updated: 11th February 2016

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • No Fishing
  • Arboreta
  • The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is one of the finest collections of conifers on one site in the world. With over 12,000 trees and shrubs from across five continents, many of them rare and endangered, it is a beautiful and tranquil place to walk, picnic and enjoy nature away from the stresses of everyday life. Each season offers different experiences and delights.
  • Cafe
  • Bedgebury Cafe. Open from 8.30 daily
  • Cycling
  • Family cycling through beautiful woodlands. 13km singletrack MTB around Bedgebury Forest
  • Cycling Hire
  • Bikes for hire from Quench Cycles 01580 879694
  • Mountain biking
  • 13km singletrack mountain-biking trail
  • Cycle wash
  • Cycle wash at Quench Cycles
  • Dogs
  • Dogs allowed off lead in the forest but must be kept under control
  • Dogs on lead
  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads in the Pinetum and at the visitor centre and play areas.
  • Easy Access
  • The car park, visitor centre and many trails are designed to be accessible to wheelchair users
  • Educational
  • The car park, visitor centre and many trails are designed to be accessible to wheelchair users
  • Hi-Rope
  • Go Ape and Junior tree top adventure 0845 643 9215
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riders with TROT permits will find dedicated way-marked trails linking with existing bridlepaths, creating a network of horse-friendly routes around the forest. They will also benefit from a trail map, a secure and exclusive box park and a designated picnic area. For more information please call TROT on 01622 735599. (Please note that no horses are allowed in the National Pinetum).
  • Information
  • Information Office at the Visitor Centre.
    Interpretation boards all round the Pinetum and play area
  • No dogs
  • Only assistance dogs allowed in the Bedgebury Cafe
  • Orienteering
  • Bedgebury offers professionally-endorsed orienteering routes - maps available from the Visitor Centre
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Admission fee per car is £10
    See planning your visit for further details
  • Picnic
  • Beautiful picnic spots can be found all around at Bedgebury
  • Play area
  • Discover exciting and fun play equipment amongst the trees. All ability half-mile Plant Hunters' Play Trail. A chance for children to let off steam in safety.
  • Restaurant
  • Bedgebury Cafe. Open from 8.30 daily
  • Running
  • We currently offer two designated running areas for you to enjoy at Bedgebury
  • Shower
  • Shower tokens available from the Visitor Information Office
  • Walking
  • Bedgebury has a network of all-ability scenic walking routes promoting healthy living, including challenging health walks and calorie mapped trails.
  • Visitor centre
  • Bedgebury Pinetum is open all year
  • Toliets
  • Ladies, Gents and disabled toilets at the Visitor Centre
  • Wildlife
  • The Pinetum is a unique haven for wildlife including many bird species such as Hawfinch, Firecrest and Crossbills. Bedgebury also has 24 varieties of dragonfly.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: TQ715336
Postcode: TN17 2SJ

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Bedgebury Office

01580 879820

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Open every day from 8am
Closing at:
1 Feb to 29 Feb - 5pm
1 March to 31 March - 6pm
1 April to 1 May - 7pm
2 May to 4 September - 8pm
5 September to 2 October - 7pm
3 October to 27 October - 6pm
28 October to 30 November - 5pm
1 December to 31 January 2017 - 4pm
Admission fee per car is £10
See planning your visit for further details
Discovery Pass
Contact the Friends of Bedgebury for annual membership 01580 879842

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