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Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.1/5)

Visit the National Pinetum, one of the world's finest conifer collections, a centre for international conifer conservation, and a beautiful place for walks and picnics. Bedgebury Forest is ideal for cycling, walking, running and riding, adventure play and Go Ape.

Open all year & great value for money, Bedgebury is the place to visit on the Kent and Sussex border. "Bedgebury is cared for by the Forestry Commission for people, wildlife and trees"

Latest news and updates

Find out all about the latest Bedgebury news before you visit, including important site and trail updates.

2018 Events

We have a great programme of events for 2018, offering something for everyone.

Visit Bedgebury Events to find out more, updated as details are confirmed.

Thank you to those who supported Forest Live 2018. Find out all you need to know about Bedgebury Forest Live Concerts.  If you missed out this year subscribe to hear Forest Live updates

Christmas at Bedgebury

Christmas at Bedgebury

 

 

 

 

Tickets are now on sale for this year's brand new illuminated trail at Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest!

This winter, you can experience Bedgebury in a whole new light as you wander beneath unique canopies drenched in seasonal colour on a magical, after-dark illuminated trail. Be sure to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment.

Download the Christmas at Bedgebury details. 
30 November - 30 December Running selected evenings only

Activities

Highway Rat Activity Trail

The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life at Bedgebury. Take a journey with the Highway Rat and all the characters from the story. Packs will be avaliable from the visitor centre for just £3.

Oh help! Oh no! It's the Gruffalo 

Our Gruffalo and Gruffalo's Child sculptures are hidden in the Pinetum! Find them at Bedgebury and post your photos on our Facebook page!

Parkrun at Bedgebury!

Enjoy running in the beautiful surroundings of Bedgebury. Find out more about Bedgebury parkrun on our running pages.

Volunteering at Bedgebury

Volunteering at Bedgebury provides a great opportunity to get fit, make friends, enjoy the open air, and gain valuable work experience. If you have a few hours to spare, why not join one of our regular weekly groups? We are currently looking to boost our Visitor Experience Volunteer team. Find out more.

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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 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

Walking

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.

Running

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.

Adventure Play

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!

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 cycling for all ages and abilities.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior

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

Horse riding

Find new dedicated way-marked trails linking with existing bridlepaths, creating a network of horse-friendly routes around the forest.

Learning

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?

3 Stars 3 Stars

Parking is astronomical it should be charged on time spent there. We spent an hour walking and half hour in cafe. It cost 11.00 . Won't be doing that again

Stephens, 28/Jun/2018

Thank you for visiting Bedgebury and for your feedback. At Bedgebury we have vehicle admission rather than per person, which we believe represents value for money with everything there is to enjoy in the forest and pinetum. All income from admission is invested back in to the pinetum and forest for future enjoyment. It also supports the conifer conservation work going on at Bedgebury. Our Friends of Bedgebury annual membership offer is great value for anyone visiting for shorter stays returning regularly. Otherwise, if you visit between 8am - 11am the vehicle admission fee is £3 per car. We hope that you enjoyed your visit and are able to return.

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4 Stars 4 Stars

We had a great day out, went to Go Ape then hired bikes for the 6 mile family cycle route. Only downside was having to pay 12 for car parking as it was an expensive day when paying for activities too.

Helena, 8/Aug/2017
3 Stars 3 Stars

Parking is as astronomically expensive, especially for a short visit. The food in the cafe needs improvement, but otherwise a good day out and nice trails for a family cycle ride.

Anonymous, 2/Aug/2017

thank you for leaving your comments. 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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Please email us at bedgebury@forestryengland.uk if you have an enquiry, a complaint or would like a personal reply to your comments.

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Last updated: 12th July 2018

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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. Visit their website for more information.
  • 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 off lead in the forest but must be kept under close control at all times
  • Dogs on lead
  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads in the Pinetum and at the visitor centre and play areas, and under close control when off the lead 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 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 are allowed in the Bedgebury Café, and other buildings.
  • Orienteering
  • Bedgebury offers professionally-endorsed orienteering routes - maps available from the Visitor Centre
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 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

Location

OS Grid ref: TQ715336
Postcode: TN17 2SJ

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Contact

Bedgebury Office

01580 879820
bedgebury@forestryengland.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Now until 2nd Sept 8PM
3rd Sept – 27th Sept 7PM
28th Sept – 25th Oct 6PM
26th Oct – 29th Nov 5PM
30th Nov – 31st Jan 19 4PM
Parking
See planning your visit for further details
Discovery Pass
Click on the Bedgebury Membership tab to find out more about Bedgebury membership options

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