Forestry Commission logo

Discovery Pass

Discover the
freedom of
the forest…
every day of the year…

Get free parking, discounts on events and much more with an annual Discovery Pass


The ultimate free guide to our forests

Forest Xplorer running on iPhone and Android devices

Picnics & BBQ
(Average user rating: unrated unrated)

Picnic & BBQBirches Valley is the perfect play for a sizzling BBQ or summer picnic 

Pingle Slade, known as our concert site, is a large open area within the Pine Forest, prefect for picnics; BBQ’s and balls games, only a short walk from the Birches Valley.

The forest is a beautiful place, so we ask that visitors take away all rubbish or use bins provide at the Cafe. BBQ's must be raised of the ground, have water to extinguish it and take away all embers.   

What do other visitors say?

Is there a certain time to which my BBQ has to be extinguished?

Luke, 19/Jul/2017

There is no specific time you need to extinguish your BBQ by, just our car park opening times and following the guidelines above.

Forestry Commission Response


We are having a fully supervised school trip to go ape on Tuesday 18th July. We were hoping to have a bbq at approx 13.00 at Birches Valley. Could you inform how close this is to to the Go Ape site.

Amberleigh School, 13/Jul/2017

Our Pingle Slade site is a short 2 minute walk from Go Ape.

Forestry Commission Response

hi. is it possible to bring a gas bbq?

Steve Harper, 23/May/2017

Unfortunately we do not allow gas BBQs on our site due to the increased risks associated with them within a Forest environment.

Forestry Commission Response
More user comments

Please tell us about your visit

Please email us at if you have an enquiry, a complaint or would like a personal reply to your comments.

Email addresses will not be shown

Help us take care of your forest


OS Grid ref: SK 018171
Postcode: WS15 2UQ

Get directions


Cannock Chase

0300 067 4340

Related documents

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedForest Stewardship Council certified

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.