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Latest News (20/08/2018 13:54)

Instead of Pay & Display we have a new Pay On Exit system. 

Pay for your stay at the END of your visit BEFORE leaving the car parks.

Discovery Pass Holder please ensure you notify us should you change your car during your 12 month membership.

Opening times

The forest is open all year round (apart from Christmas Day) from 8:00am till dusk. 

  • Winter Opening Times 8:00am-6:00pm October-March
  • Summer Opening Times 8:00am-10pm April-Sept
  • Please note the barriers will be locked and there is a release fee.

How to find us

Sherwood Pines is located in the Heart of Sherwood Forest on the B6030 east of Kings Clipstone.

If coming via the bus take the number 14 or 15 to Kirton or Walesby from Mansfield bus station. They run every 1/2 hour Monday - Saturday and every hour on Sundays. Please check details with Stagecoach.


We have a large landscaped car park with good access to the visitor centre area. This is supplemented with larger surrounding car parks that are used for events and weekends.

Easy access parking spaces are located within the main car park next to the main access paths.

Our new car parking system Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) is now in operation, instead of pay and display, you now pay on exit prior to returning to your vehicle.



Parking Charges apply all year round.

  • Cars £2 for the 1st hour (short stay pass)
  • £4 up to 2 hours (medium stay pass)
  • £6 all day pass
  • Minibuses £6 per day
  • Coaches £10
  • Motorcycles Free

A Discovery Pass can be purchased at £40 either online at or from the visitor centre which provides year round parking at Sherwood Pines along with other exclusive offers.

Please note that you will need to bring the correct change or a debit/credit card to pay for parking as we are unable to give change.

Thank you for supporting this forest. Your parking payment is essential. It helps us manage and improve the forest, now and for future generations.

Group Visits

A group visit charge of £50 applies for groups of twenty or more people. This charge is to cover the costs of large group visits. Please ensure that you contact the Visitor Centre on 01623 822535 before visiting.

Our Forest Classroom is available to hire - perfect for visiting groups, parties, meetings or family gatherings. Click here to find out more.

Visiting with a group of children? Sherwood Pines offers a fantastic range of activities to help make your visit to our forest special. Click here to find out more.  


Our toilet block is located between Go Ape and the Café and is open year round. Each toilet has baby changing facilities.

Places to eat

The cafe is open every day, serving a range of snacks and lunches. Alternatively, bring a picnic and use our picnic tables or venture further into the forest to enjoy a quieter spot.

Cycling on site

Cyclists should be aware that we might be unable to gain access to the Forest or the trails and therefore we cannot guarantee emergency assistance. Please check at Sherwood Pines Information Centre before setting out - 01623 822535.

Clearly the conditions are likely to be slippery and there is a significant risk of falling from your bike. As always, we advise customers to ride in accordance to their skill level, the conditions and the suitability of their equipment.

Closure Information

Our aim is to keep Sherwood Pines open for customers to enjoy as normal. However, if we close the Forest it is for the following reasons

1: Significant risk of injury to visitors

2: Significant risk of being trapped in the Forest

3: We are unable to provide adequate cover for the facilities and services.

Severe Weather Advice

When visiting Sherwood Pines during severe weather please:

1: Follow guidance regarding travelling

2: Wear suitable footwear and clothing

3: Consult local weather forecast before travelling

4: Follow directions and signs on site e.g. ice warning.

5: Be aware that weather conditions may change resulting in the forest being closed earlier than normal.

We have limited resources to remove snow and ice. We do not treat any of the surfaces around the centre or in the forest and therefore you should expect surfaces to be slippery. 

You should expect to be driving on slippery surfaces.

We advise:-

  1. Drive according to the conditions on the forest drive and in the car parks.
  2. Max speed 10 mph.
  3. Slow acceleration, use low revs and a higher gear.
  4. Only brake if you cannot steer out of trouble.
  5. If you do not have ABS and you are skidding pump the brakes.

Please take extra care during wintry weather on our play equipment as a lot of our equipment is wood based and can become slippery.

Contact us

Forestry Commission
Sherwood Pines
Kings Clipstone
NG21 9JL

Visitor Centre 01623 822535

Office  0300 067 4340

Sherwood Pines Cycles 01623 822855

Sherwood Pines Café 01623 822500

Go Ape 0845 643 9142

Last updated: 21st August 2018

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