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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.6/5)

Sherwood Pines is a fantastic and inspiring place to experience the outdoors. There is something for everyone all year round, from walking and family cycling to mountain biking, Go Ape and adventure play.

The stage at Sherwood Live Music Concert Venue Forest Live Concert Weekend Information

Whether you are visiting the forest or coming to the Forest Live concerts find out all the latest information for your visit. 

UB40, Forest Live 2018 Forest Live 2018 - UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey

UB40 featuring Ali, Astro and Mickey will play Sherwood Pines on Sunday 24th June as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission. 

Forest Live Gary Barlow Forest Live 2018 - Gary Barlow (Sherwood Date SOLD OUT)

Gary Barlow will play Sherwood Pines on Saturday 23rd June as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission.

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Forest Live 2017Forest Live 2018 - Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott with special guest Billy Bragg will play on Friday 22nd June as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission.

Wild RunningWild Running

Want to escape the streets and run somewhere a little more free? Download the route maps, and check out the new Wild Running routes.

Planning your visit

Check out car parking, opening times and more before you set off.

Awesome bike trails

The forest provides a great venue for many activities. The cycling facilities provide something for every one, from family cyclists to experienced off road.

Brilliant events & activities

From fungi walks to willow basket making there is loads to join in with this year in Sherwood Pines.

If you are thinking about holding any kind of organised group event on Forestry Commission Land you need to apply for an event at Sherwood Pines.

Play in the forest

Toddle around the Mushroom Village, climb on the Insect and the Spider or hideout at Robin Hood’s Retreat. There’s something for every age and ability.

Not forgetting of course, the huge natural playground created by the trees and landscape for den building and exploration!

Horse riding

Love to ride your horse in the woods? Well come along to Sherwood Pines and make the most of largest forest open to the public in the East Midlands.


Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises both mind and body.

Sherwood Bushcraft

Bushcraft, traditional woodland skills and team building activities in Sherwood Pines.

Learning in the forest

Sherwood Pines offers fantastic opportunities for learners of all ages and abilities. Follow the link if you are looking for fun activities to do with your children or an organised group looking for a educational visit.

Bike hire

Bike hire, sales and repair. Sherwood Pines Cycles is based at the visitor centre. There is a large selection of adult and childrens bikes for hire with the option of child seats, buggies and tag a-longs.

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 obstacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape’s Tree Top Junior course.

Go Ape Forest Segway

Get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle our trails.

Food & drink

The cafe is open throughout the week serving tasty treats to delicious dinners.

Managing the forest

Interested in how we manage Sherwood Pines? Have a look for more details.

Organising an event

If you are planning an event or activity, commercial or non commercial on Forestry Commission land you will need our permission and in many instances a formal permit.

What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

a brilliant day out for the family plenty to do will definitely visit again

Kellz, 22/May/2018


I love to come trail running and try to stay out of the way of the cyclists but a lot of the trails which are more challenging and not just flat are only for bikes. Are there more official routes I'm missing or do I just carry on using the little routes around the park and jumping out of the way of bikes? I never go around the ones clearly marked with a no walking access sign.

Anonymous, 6/May/2018

Hi We created the Wild Run just for people like you, it's 5km long and runs alongside the green graded Family Cycle Trail, as at the Visitor Centre for more information. The trail starts just after post 2 of the Family Trail.

Forestry Commission Response


My son and I regular visit Sherwood Pines to ride the red trail and mess around on the skills and DH area.

Although we love visiting, it is such a shame about the amount of litter currently around these areas, particularly the dirt jumps - its embarrassing that people leave it in such a state. Is there any regular cleaning scheduled for this area?

Tom Witts, 6/Apr/2018

Hi, there is a regular litter picking regime for the dirt jumps as well as the visitor centre area and play areas. Unfortunately, despite this as well as providing wheelie bins at the dirt jumps, users continue to disrespect the site and leave rubbish. As we do not have the resources to increase litter collections the future of the dirt jumps is under review.

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Last updated: 22nd May 2018

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe
  • Mountain biking
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Orienteering
  • Segway
  • Cycling
  • The Forest caters for all on a bicycle. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Cycle wash
  • Is located near the cycle shop.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is allowed throughout the forest though there are no designated horse trails.
  • Information
  • The information centre is located near the cafe and toilets. It is manned whenever possible.
  • Litter bin
  • Litter bins are situated around the car park and visitor centre.
  • Parking (easy access)
  • Disabled bays are available.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • A release fee will be chargeable for vehicles left beyond this time.
  • Picnic
  • Picnic benches are situated near the visitor centre and on the Dragonfly Trail.
  • Play area
  • Sherwood Pines caters for all with Mushroom Village near the visitor centre for little ones progressing to Robin Hood's Hideout hidden in the woods.
  • Walking
  • There are two walking trails. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Visitor centre
  • The visitor centre provides info and leaflets for the forest trails and events
  • Toliets
  • Are situated near the information centre.
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SK612637
Postcode: NG21 9JL

Get directions


Central District Office

0300 067 4340

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Summer (GMT+1) 8:00am - 10:00pm
Winter (GMT) 8:00am - 6:00pm
A release fee will be chargeable for vehicles left beyond this time.
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