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Explore Alice Holt Forest
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Come for a great day out in the woods! You can walk, cycle, play or have a picnic in these lovely woods. Experience life in the trees with Go Ape, take a relaxing break in our café and finish your visit with a quiet stroll in one of the more remote parts of the forest.

New Activity Offer

Go Ape. Flying high over the forest on a zip wire.Get active this year and return for free! Take part in an activity with Go Ape, Alice Holt Cycle Centre or Groundwork South at Alice Holt and park all day for free on your next off-peak visit. More information and terms and conditions can be found here.

New at Alice Holt Forest

Alice Holt new CafeImprovements to Alice Holt Forest We've been busy giving the site a revamp that will transform your experience of the forest. Our stunning new cafe is now open and we are working on a brand new activity centre. We can't wait to share with you the improved facilities that the whole family will love to explore. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s continued to support Alice Holt during the redevelopment so far. 

Highway Rat Activity Trail

Highway RatThe Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life at Alice Holt. From the 12 January, head on a journey with the Highway Rat and all the characters from the story. Packs will be avaliable from the visitor centre for just £3.


New Gruffalo Sculptures

Gruffalo friends sculptures, mouseMouse, Fox, Owl, Snake, and Squirrel join existing Gruffalo sculptures on our Easy Access Discovery Trail, at Alice Holt Forest. These beautiful sculptures of the books’ characters that can be enjoyed for many years to come. We hope people have fun meeting them on their forest adventure. 

For the first time in over three years parking charges are rising at Alice Holt Forest, starting on 5th March 2018.

We need to raise them now to be able to continue to maintain and improve the facilities to the high standards we pride ourselves on and know our customers expect. We don’t make a profit and rely on the support of our visitors to help us care for the forest. More information can be found here.

Timberline Play Trail

Timberline, Alice Holt. play, activeChildren of all ages and abilities will love the “Timberline” play trail. With its adventure climbing units, challenging balance beams, wobbly bridges and exhilarating slides, this play area brings even more hours of play for all the family at Alice Holt!

Tell us what physical activity you do in the Forest

Young women running in forest trailThis survey usually takes 3 mins to complete. By completing the survey your email address will be entered into a draw to win a £200 Cotswold Outdoor voucher, with 5 runners-up receiving annual Discovery Pass membership. Terms and conditions apply. Your email address will not be used for marketing purposes. Active Forest Survey . The information you provide will really help us to develop and improve your forest experience

Cycling at Alice Holt

 Family cyclingOur cycle hire provider is on site with a range of adult and children's bikes available. The Cycle Centre is open 7 days a week from 9am till 4pm. For further information call 01420 521297 or visit their website.

The Habitat Trail

Mums with children walking along the Habitat Trail Alice Holt forestEnjoy our seasonal walking trail along the Habitat Trail and learn all about the trees around you. Next time you're on the trail visiting the owl, why not take a look and have a go at some of the activities.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior

Go ApeEnjoy adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles! 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.




What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Having 3 VERY energetic boys, Alice Holt is a life saver! We are here numerous times a week as they love exploring and making dens. We can be lost in the woods for hours. The cafe is lovely also with friendly staff.

Sam, 7/Aug/2018
4 Stars 4 Stars

My husband & I took our little boy there for his 2nd birthday so he could ride his new balance bike. He loved the activity trail, with lots of things to climb on/up along the way and the play area at the entrance. Its a fantasic place to go and we had a great time. I've given it 4 stars because of the lack of bins around the trail and a number of people think its acceptable to leave their rubbish behind, which included dirty nappies! It would be a great improvement if you had bins at each picnic area to give lazy people a helping hand.

Rebecca, 30/May/2018
5 Stars 5 Stars

Thank you for making Alice Holt so accessible. I have a learning disabled and autistic child who relies on his buggy to get around. He loved being in the forest and hiding in the wheelchair accessible shelter. The cafe was fantastic with lots of seating outside tables and space for his buggy. Thank you so much, we will visit again xxx

Pam, 13/Apr/2018
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Last updated: 7th September 2018

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What's Here?

  • Barbeque
  • Cafe
  • Dog bin
  • Dogs on lead
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Orienteering
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Toliets
  • Cycling
  • There is a popular waymarked Family Cycle Trail through the forest. The Family Cycle Trail is a relatively easy 3 mile ride around the forest with some steep hills. Cycling is permitted on existing tracks and paths within the forest. Cycle hire is available on site through Alice Holt Cycle Centre.
  • Cycling Hire
  • Alice Holt Cycle Centre have bikes, trikes, tandems, wheelchair bikes and tag alongs. They also offer a cycle repair service and run training courses, guided rides and children's birthday parties. Contact Alice Holt Cycle Centre on 01420 521297.
  • Horse riding
  • There are a number of suitable routes for horse riders within the forest. A permit is required by all horse riders who wish to ride off of the public bridleways in the forest. Please contact TROT on 01622 735599 to apply for a permit.
  • Trail (easy)
  • Our Easy Access Discovery Trail is suitable for wheelchair and pushchair users and takes you through a variety of woodland and has an optional short cut. Pick up a special leaflet to discover the features along the trail.
  • Walking
  • Alice Holt Forest is an ideal place for a walk in the woods. You can follow the waymarked trails or walk your own routes. A map of the forest is available from the Visitor Centre and at the Cafe.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SU 811 417
Postcode: GU10 4LS

Get directions


Recreation Officer
0300 067 4448

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Alice Holt Forest is open 364 days a year (closed Christmas Day)
The site opens at 8am and will close at:
5pm (December – February)
6pm (March)
7pm (April)
9pm (May – September)
7pm (October)
6pm (November)
Visitor Centre: Mon - Fri 9.30am - 4.00pm Sat/Sun 9.00am-4.30pm Contact: 0300 0674622
Discovery Pass
Discovery Passes can be purchased for 70.00. Available online or from the Visitor Centre.

Alternatively our car parking charges are;
* Peak pricing applies at weekends, school holidays and bank holidays. Off-peak pricing applies all other times.
1 hour, 2, 3*
2 hours 3.50, 5*
3 hours 5, 7*
4 hours 6.50, 9*
All day 8, 12*
Minibus and coaches are charged at a separate rate, please get in touch for more information.

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