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New parking prices

For the first time in over three years parking charges are rising at Alice Holt Forest.

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.

On 5th March 2018, the parking charges at Alice Holt Forest will increase.
A new pricing structure will introduce two tiers, peak and off-peak where peak times are weekends, school holidays and bank holidays all year round. Off-peak applies to all other times. New Prices are below.

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Over the past two years, huge investment has been made at Alice Holt to improve amenities for visitors. A new café is now open, with extra seating and an extensive new menu. Landscape changes have improved accessibility for all and car parking changes have increased capacity, created purpose built disabled parking and introduced safer pedestrianised zones and turning area, helping to improve traffic access and flow.

Thank you

Without your help and support we wouldn’t be able to do what we do and our parking charges are an absolutely vital part of this. Some of the work we do is visible and includes providing footpath, play and cycle trail maintenance, while other projects are less visible but equally as important, such as monitoring tree health and enhancing habitats for wildlife.  Car parking income also pays for other site maintenance to keep visitors safe, a ranger presence on site every day from 8.30am – 5.30pm (4.30pm in winter) to assist visitors with any queries they have, waymarked trails, picnic facilities etc. 

New Alice Holt Forest Cafe exterior summer 2017


Why do you have to charge for parking at all?
The Forestry Commission manages land for conservation, timber production, heritage and for you to enjoy. We are a non profit–making organisation and money raised from car parking goes towards maintaining visitor centres, play areas, bike trails and other facilities.

We cannot rely solely on our timber for revenue. To ensure we are less reliant on support from the government and have diverse sources of income to sustain our activities, we charge for parking and also work with commercial partners.

Why are you introducing off-peak and peak admission fees?
We hope that  introducing an off peak rate will encourage more people to visit when the site is at its quietest, and often its best, so that they can benefit from what the site has to offer outside of our busiest periods.  

During peak times the site and its facilities are under increased pressure hence a higher charge.  Regular visitors can save money with a Discovery Pass, offering parking for a year as well as a range of other discounts and benefits. 

Where does my money go?
Income from parking charges is our primary way of funding the maintenance, development and upkeep of Alice Holt Forest. We don’t make a profit and rely on the support of our 380,000+ visitors each year to help us invest in the forest.

Every penny you spend is invested by the Forestry Commission into a number of areas. This includes the maintenance of footpaths, play and cycle trails, providing staff and an information centre to enhance your visit, providing a range of learning opportunities, and offering a safe, healthy and family-friendly environment in which to spend time. The support the parking charges provides us with is absolutely vital to Alice Holt and we’re keen to thank all our visitors.

How can I buy a Discovery Pass and what are the benefits?
You can buy a Discovery Pass online simply visit  Discovery Pass holders benefit from free parking for a whole year as well as a range of local offers and discounts on site – a full list of benefits can be found here:

If you have any further questions please get in touch by email.

Last updated: 9th February 2018

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