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(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.7/5)

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Feel good this autumn with activity sheets, forest trails and our mindfulness guide.

 

Sherwood Pines 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. 

Christmas at Sherwood Pines

As experts in trees Santa has given our Christmas trees his 100% approval! Find out all the detail here.

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott Forest Live 2017Forest Live 2018 - Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott with special guest Billy Bragg will play on Friday 22nd June as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission.

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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Did the Gruffalo trail today, was unsure of the start point and there was no map included in the pack, which was overpriced.

Anonymous, 30/Oct/2017

Are there any very small deer in the Forest? Muntjac, perhaps?

I just saw something on my way out today... I thought at first it was a fox but couldn't see the fox tail and the face and head didn't look right for a fox

Eileen Broadhead, 30/Oct/2017

Hi Eileen, There are lots of Muntjac in the forest. This sounds like what you saw.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

My son and I made our first visit here today to try out the Kitchener red route trail, we both ride hardtail mtb's (makes it more of a challenge), the trail is not the most challenging or technical but still is fun, I would recommend doing a little detour through the bike park where you will find some slightly more challenging obstacles. Definitely will return here. The bike shop is well stocked and the general facilities are very good and at 6 parking all day It's pretty good value.

James , 10/Sep/2017
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Last updated: 17th November 2017

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • 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 forest 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)
  • 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:
Summer (GMT+1) 8:00am - 10:00pm
Winter (GMT) 8:00am - 6:00pm
Parking
A release fee will be chargeable for vehicles left beyond this time.
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