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Explore Alice Holt Forest
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Feel good this autumn with activity sheets, forest trails and our mindfulness guide.

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 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. 

Gruffalo Spotters at Alice Holt Forest

Gruffalo Spotters at Alice Holt Forest
Become a Gruffalo Spotter at Alice Holt Forest!
Follow clues and search for signs along our interactive trail — using The Gruffalo Spotter app point your phone’s camera at footprint markers and watch Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake, and the Gruffalo appear before your eyes! 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 forestEnjoy our Tree Explorer 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.

Tell us what physical acttivity you do in the Forest

Orienteer in motion

This 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. 


What do other visitors say?

Would be even better if there were benches/ seating around the edge of the kids play area!!

X, 16/Jul/2017
4 Stars 4 Stars

Lovely place very close to us to great day out for the whole family

Anonymous, 17/Jun/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

What a wonderful day out! We did the Gruffalo trail and used the app. The three children, under 7, thought it was amazing! We then proceeded to the play area and then the trail with other stops with climbing apparatus for children. We also collected a booklet at the visitors centre before we headed round the trails. We all had great fun looking for the leaves of certain trees. Brilliantly educational without them even knowing;-)

My only criticism would be the cafe, however I see a new one is being built so that's fab.

It is clear to see where the car parking (8 all day) goes so I certainly don't feel any need to grumble about that.

Really recommend !

S Thomas, 4/Jun/2017
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Last updated: 13th September 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.
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OS Grid ref: SU 811 417
Postcode: GU10 4LS

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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 9am - 4pm Sat/Sun 9am-5pm 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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