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Explore Alice Holt Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.4/5)

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.

Improvements to Alice Holt Forest

Alice Holt Development work panelsImprovements to Alice Holt Forest we've been busy giving the site a revamp that will transform your experience of the forest. This will include a stunning new cafe and 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. 

Gruffalo Spotters at Alice Holt Forest

Gruffalo Spotters at Alice Holt Forest
From 24th April, follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. More details for Alice Holt Forest

Timberline Play Trail

Timberline play trail being built, Alice HoltChildren of all ages and abilities will love the recently installed “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!

Gruffalo Sculptures

Gruffalo Birthday. Alice HoltThe Gruffalo and Gruffalo's Child sculptures can be found on our Easy Access Discovery Trail, so why not come and visit and see if you can find them?  

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 forestThere are a series of posters along the Habitat Trail with information and activities all about forests. 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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Beautiful place to visit. I am a carer and I took my elderly lady who uses a wheelchair there yesterday. We did the red trail (the long one!) and it was very accessible and comfortable for her. Afterwards we had a coffee and a sandwich at the cafe which was very reasonably priced.

I would've given our visit 5 stars however my only disappointment was that even though we have a blue badge for the car park, you still have to pay the full parking fees. You don't actually know this until you are through the barrier and in the car park!

Pauline., 16/Aug/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

We did the Forest Survival Day with Nigel (the guide). Very informative, good fun. My 9 year old boy loved the slow worms, building fires and a den and generally learning about he forest. Nigel was very engaging with the children and good fun.

Jim and Eddie Markham, 18/Jun/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

Wow...what a great place to come and adventure. The woods were huge, we met some monsters (they weren't that scary, we posted photos on your facebook page). Even in the rain we had a great time. This place is very dog friendly. Our humans said the staff were very friendly, informative and helpful. At the very start they gave the humans a map and suggested suitable walks we would all enjoy, explained about the on-lead/off lead rules and crossed off parts of the map which would be too boggy to enjoy walking through. They had dog drinks available in nice clean bowls too while the humans chatted. The walking was fab, we met a stick man and two gruffalo monsters. Saw some other dogs and people enjoying the great outdoors. The rain didn't bother us and the staff took us to a handy hose pipe after we managed to find some mud to play in ready for our car journey home. We will be coming back. Fab day out, thanks to all who work there. Woof woof!!!

Bracken & Tilly (red dogs), 10/May/2016
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Last updated: 20th May 2017

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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 10am - 3pm Sat/Sun 9am-4pm Contact: 0300 0674622
Discovery Pass
Discovery Passes can be purchased for 50.00. Available online or from the Visitor Centre Monday - Friday 10am - 3pm Sat/Sun 9am-4pm.

Alternatively our car parking charges are;
1.80 up to 1 hour
3.00 up to 2 hours
4.50 up to 3 hours
6.00 up to 4 hours
8.00 over 4 hours
20.00 minibus parking
50.00 coach parking.

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