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Explore Sherwood Pines Forest Park
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

Sherwood Pines Forest Park is a fantastic and inspiring place to experience the outdoors. There is something for everyone all year round, from walking and family cycling to mountain biking, Go Ape and adventure play.

Gruffalo SpottersGruffalo Spotters at Sherwood Pines

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.

Wild RunningWild Running

Want to escape the streets and run somewhere a little more free? Download the route maps, and check out the new Wild Running routes.

Planning your visit

Check out car parking, opening times and more before you set off.

Awesome bike trails

The forest provides a great venue for many activities. The cycling facilities provide something for every one, from family cyclists to experienced off road.

Brilliant events & activities

From fungi walks to willow basket making there is loads to join in with this year in Sherwood Pines.

If you are thinking about holding any kind of organised group event on Forestry Commission Land you need to apply for an event at Sherwood Pines.

Play in the forest

Toddle around the Mushroom Village, climb on the Insect and the Spider or hideout at Robin Hood’s Retreat. There’s something for every age and ability.

Not forgetting of course, the huge natural playground created by the trees and landscape for den building and exploration!

Horse riding

Love to ride your horse in the woods? Well come along to Sherwood Pines and make the most of largest forest open to the public in the East Midlands.

Orienteering

Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises both mind and body.

Sherwood Bushcraft

Bushcraft, traditional woodland skills and team building activities in Sherwood Pines.

Learning in the forest

Sherwood Pines offers fantastic opportunities for learners of all ages and abilities. Follow the link if you are looking for fun activities to do with your children or an organised group looking for a educational visit.

Bike hire

Bike hire, sales and repair. Sherwood Pines Cycles is based at the visitor centre. There is a large selection of adult and childrens bikes for hire with the option of child seats, buggies and tag a-longs.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior

Enjoy two to three hours of 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.

Go Ape Forest Segway

Get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle our trails.

Food & drink

The cafe is open throughout the week serving tasty treats to delicious dinners.

Managing the forest

Interested in how we manage Sherwood Pines? Have a look for more details.

Organising an event

If you are planning an event or activity, commercial or non commercial on Forestry Commission land you will need our permission and in many instances a formal permit.

What do other visitors say?

Nice place to chill out

DID some birdwatching saw tree pipit a first for me. Not as greedy as Clumber for parking charges

Anonymous, 18/Jul/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

We were stuck for something to do for my partner's 40th birthday. Despite the fact that I am terrified of heights, he decided he wanted to go to GoApe !! So off we went with our 5 year old daughter. I thought we were just going to do GoApe but we ended up spending the day there and loved it - we can't wait to go back. We did the Gruffalo orienteering and watched the bands warm up - a brilliant day but not long enough.

Fantastic Day Trip to Sherwood Pines, 26/Jun/2017

Why are there no car rallies in the woods anymore? Always enjoyed the excitement.

Anonymous, 25/Jun/2017

The Forestry Commission works with the Motor Sports Association to enable rallies to happen where appropriate on the public forest estate across the country. A number of our sites where rallies have previously been run are now too busy with a wide range of recreational activities within Central England to enable events to continue safely. We do still have a number of events running where suitable and would encourage you to check out the MSA events page to see where spectator events are being run.

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Last updated: 19th August 2017

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Mountain biking
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Orienteering
  • Segway
  • Cycling
  • The forest caters for all on a bicycle. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Cycle wash
  • Is located near the cycle shop.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is allowed throughout the wood though there are no designated horse trails.
  • Information
  • The information centre is located near the cafe and toilets. It is manned whenever possible.
  • Litter bin
  • Litter bins are situated around the car park and visitor centre.
  • Parking (easy access)
  • Disabled bays are available.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Please note the closing time when you arrive as we now operate contract closing in the forest park. A release fee will be chargeable for vehicles left beyond this time.
  • Picnic
  • Picnic benches are situated near the visitor centre and on the Dragonfly Trail.
  • Play area
  • Sherwood Pines caters for all with Mushroom Village near the visitor centre for little ones progressing to Robin Hood's Hideout hidden in the woods.
  • Walking
  • There are two walking trails. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Visitor centre
  • The visitor centre provides info and leaflets for the forest trails and events
  • Toliets
  • Are situated near the information centre.
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: SK612637
Postcode: NG21 9JL

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Contact

Central District Office

0300 067 4340
sherwood.fdo@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
The Forest Park is open from 8am until 10pm over the light summer months and 8am until 6pm during the darker winter months.
Parking
Please note the closing time when you arrive as we now operate contract closing in the forest park. A release fee will be chargeable for vehicles left beyond this time.
Discovery Pass
Discovery Pass is available at this site. Please see the District Office during opening hours Mon-Fri 8-4pm or the Ranger Information Point.

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