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Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
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Bedgebury Forest is ideal for cycling, riding, adventure play and Go Ape. Visit the National Pinetum, the world's finest conifer collection, 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.

GruffaloOh help! Oh no! It's a Gruffalo!

We've teamed up the Gruffalo to help celebrate his 15th anniversary. Sign up to hear about our Gruffalo celebrations.


Gruffalo sculpture at BedgeburyNow that our fabulous Gruffalo sculpture has arrived, you can follow our Gruffalo trail from the vistor centre, and take a small detour to see if you can find him hiding in the deep dark wood in the Pinetum. If you missed his birthday celebration, why not come and celebrate your birthday with him, and bring a picnic to enjoy while you are here.

Summer Children's activities

Come on one of our family activities this summer and find out for yourself how Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest is cared for by the Forestry Commission for people, wildlife and trees.  We have a wide range of activities where children can get close to nature, and this year they can meet a real life plant hunter!

Examining dead wood for bugsFor further details visit our what's on page, and contact the Visitor Services Information Office on 01580 879820 to book your place


 All events involve spending time outdoors, so please wear sensible shoes and clothing for long grass, and come dressed for the weather.  Have fun learning in beautiful surroundings.

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Latest news

Find out about our MTB development project and the refurbished play area.

The National Pinetum 

The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is recognised as the most complete collection 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 forest, promoting healthy living, including gentle strolls, guided walks, health walks and mapped trails.

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?

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 Bedgebury's challenging singletrack?

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.

***  Check out the Bedgebury video  ***

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?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Absolutely brilliant, will now become a friend. Cycling, trees lots to see, lots to do. Had a wonderful time cycling.

Stephen Wood, 17/Aug/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Just loved the orienteering course. So much fun - a mixture of physical and mental skills. Kids really enjoyed it!

Dave, 12/Aug/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Ideal for group & family. Great for relaxing, adventure & fun... I will always recommend this place. Very practical & accessible too.

Camposano family, 8/Aug/2014
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What's Here?

  • Arboreta
  • The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is the finest collection 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
  • Pineatery Cafe
    07724 705749
  • 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 are allowed in the Pinetum on leads and off the lead but under control in the forest
  • 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 tree top adventure 0845 643 9215
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riders with TROT permits will find new 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
  • Orienteering
  • Bedgebury offers professionally-endorsed orienteering routes - maps available from the Visitor Centre
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 9.50 admission fee per car
  • Picnic
  • Award-winning picnic spots all round Bedgebury
  • Play area
  • Discover exciting new play equipment amongst the trees. All ability half-mile Plant Hunters' Play Trail. A chance for children to let off steam in safety.
  • 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

Get directions


Bedgebury Office

01580 879820

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Admission fee
9.50 per car
8am - 4pm
8am - 5pm
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8am - 7pm
8am - 6pm
8am - 5pm
8am - 4pm
9.50 admission fee per car
Discovery Pass
Contact the Friends of Bedgebury for annual membership and a Discovery Pass 01580 879842

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