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Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.4/5)

Visit the National Pinetum, one of the world's finest conifer collections, a centre for International conifer conservation, and a beautiful place for walks and picnics. Bedgebury Forest is ideal for cycling, walking, running and riding, adventure play and Go Ape.

Open all year & great value for money, Bedgebury is the place to visit on the Kent and Sussex border. "Bedgebury is cared for by the Forestry Commission for people, wildlife and trees".

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Find out all about the latest Bedgebury news including important site and trail updates, and anything else that may affect your visit.

If you discover a forest fire, ring 999 ask for the Fire and Rescue Service

Please help us to prevent forest fires during the dry weather by:

  • Reporting forest fires, including their location, quickly and accurately
  • If safe to do so, wait for the Fire and Rescue Service and direct them to the incident
  • Report anyone you see deliberately making fires, include car registrations and descriptions if possible.
  • Do not use BBQs in the forest
  • Make sure any cigarettes are put out and disposed of properly

Thank you

2017 Events

We have a great programme of events for 2017, offering something for everyone. Visit our Bedgebury Events pages and as details are confirmed, click on each individual event to find out more, or scroll through the calendar to find out what's on when you plan to visit.

You can also find out all you need to know about the Bedgebury Forest Live Conncerts at Bedgebury Forest Live Concerts.

Activities

Gruffalo Spotters at Bedgebury

From 24th February, 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. More details for Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest

Oh help! Oh no! It's the Gruffalo 

Our Gruffalo sculpture is hidden in the Pinetum and has been joined by the Gruffalo's Child sculpture! Come and find them both and post your photos on our Facebook page!

Bedgebury Summer trail 2017

Many of our visitors tell us that they come to the Pinetum to enjoy the peace and quiet, and simply, because they enjoy being here. For our current seasonal trail, we have chosen to tell you about how we look after our beautiful tree collection for the benefit of people, wildlife and trees.

Parkrun at Bedgebury!

Enjoy running in the beautiful surroundings of Bedgebury. Find out more about Bedgebury parkrun on our running pages.

Volunteering at Bedgebury

Volunteering at Bedgebury provides a great opportunity to get fit, make friends, enjoy the open air, and gain valuable work experience. If you have a few hours to spare, why not join one of our regular weekly groups? We are currently looking to boost our Visitor Experience Volunteer team. Find out more.

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The National Pinetum

The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is recognised as one of the most complete collections of conifers on one site anywhere in the world, and is a centre for International conservation. It contains over 12,000 tree specimens growing across 320 acres including rare, endangered and historically important specimens. It also provides a beautiful setting to enjoy peaceful walks and picnics giving enormous pleasure to all those who visit it all year round. This is brought to life with Seasonal Trails which highlight particular points of interest and hidden gems amongst the collection. A network of paths throughout enables easy access for all levels of ability

Walking

Bedgebury offers all-ability scenic walking routes through the Pinetum and the forest, including gentle strolls, and self led and guided walks in the Pinetum. The forest offers miles of trails that are perfect for health walks, and orienteering, adventurous family walks, and walking the dog.

Running

Bedgebury Forest is popular with runners of all fitness levels and with miles of off road routes for you to enjoy, you'll have plenty of choice for your run. The trails provide a chance to escape stuffy gyms and get out into the fresh air, offering the opportunity to get fit where you can be inspired by stunning natural surroundings. Our surfaced tracks and way markers have opened up previously uncharted areas of the forest for runners, and we also have regular weekly running groups.

Adventure Play

Relive the adventures of the famous explorers who brought back some of our most exotic trees and shrubs from the farthest corners of the world. Bedgebury's specially-designed play area reflects some of the challenges faced by intrepid plant-hunters through the ages. Go on an adventure around the trail and see how many of the play structures you can find!

Cycling and MTB

Are you looking for a gentle family cycle ride in a beautiful woodland setting, or maybe some high-speed mountain biking round a challenging singletrack? Bedgebury is the perfect place for cycling for all ages and abilities.

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 obtacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape's Tree Top Junior course (min age 4yrs and min height 1m). For more information and to book visit Go Ape

Horse riding

Find new dedicated way-marked trails linking with existing bridlepaths, creating a network of horse-friendly routes around the forest.

Learning

Bedgebury is the ideal place for children to widen their horizons. Discover our new, wider range of learning opportunities.

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What do other visitors say?

4 Stars 4 Stars

A number of times I have thought about coming back here but the parking is way to high for a one of visit and no discount for disabled. It's a shame as if parking was lower I would visit more and you would make more money as I'm sure more people would visit

Rachel, 22/Apr/2017

Thank you for your feedback. All proceeds from vehicle admission fees are invested back in to the Pinetum and forest at Bedgebury. Regular visitors can also benefit from membership which represents great value throughout the year, also with proceeds being reinvested into the site.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Greedy parking prices.. Bewl reservoir is 2 a day.... This is half the reason so many younger cyclists won't visit Bedgebury.. It's a shame...

Heath cope, 22/Apr/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Lovely place to visit, something for everyone. My children loved the play areas and gruffalo trail. My husband liked the cycling trails. Only 2 things I would like to see improve. There is only one toilet facility (near the cafe) which is quite far from the play areas, not good when you have small children that when they need to go they need to go straight away!! The 2nd thing is there aren't enough maps of the whole place and you can get easily lost and cannot see what would be the best route to take. It would be nice to have a better map provided at visitors centre or even better bigger map boards around the different trails.

Non of this however spoilt our day :-)

Anonymous, 2/Apr/2017
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Last updated: 22nd June 2017

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • No Fishing
  • Arboreta
  • The National Pinetum at Bedgebury is one of the finest collections of conifers on one site in the world. With over 12,000 trees and shrubs from across five continents, many of them rare and endangered, it is a beautiful and tranquil place to walk, picnic and enjoy nature away from the stresses of everyday life. Each season offers different experiences and delights.
  • Cafe
  • Bedgebury Cafe. Open from 8.30 daily. Visit their website for more information.
  • Cycling
  • Family cycling through beautiful woodlands. 13km singletrack MTB around Bedgebury Forest
  • Cycling Hire
  • Bikes for hire from Quench Cycles 01580 879694
  • Mountain biking
  • 13km singletrack mountain-biking trail
  • Cycle wash
  • Cycle wash at Quench Cycles
  • Dogs
  • Dogs are allowed off lead in the forest but must be kept under close control at all times
  • Dogs on lead
  • Dogs are welcome but must be kept on leads in the Pinetum and at the visitor centre and play areas, and under close control when off the lead in the forest.
  • Easy Access
  • The car park, visitor centre and many trails are designed to be accessible to wheelchair users
  • Educational
  • The car park, visitor centre and many trails are designed to be accessible to wheelchair users
  • Hi-Rope
  • Go Ape and Junior tree top adventure 0845 643 9215
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riders with TROT permits will find dedicated way-marked trails linking with existing bridlepaths, creating a network of horse-friendly routes around the forest. They will also benefit from a trail map, a secure and exclusive box park and a designated picnic area. For more information please call TROT on 01622 735599. (Please note that no horses are allowed in the National Pinetum).
  • Information
  • Information Office at the Visitor Centre.
    Interpretation boards all round the Pinetum and play area
  • No dogs
  • Only assistance dogs are allowed in the Bedgebury Café, and other buildings.
  • Orienteering
  • Bedgebury offers professionally-endorsed orienteering routes - maps available from the Visitor Centre
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • See planning your visit for further details
  • Picnic
  • Beautiful picnic spots can be found all around at Bedgebury
  • Play area
  • Discover exciting and fun play equipment amongst the trees. All ability half-mile Plant Hunters' Play Trail. A chance for children to let off steam in safety.
  • Restaurant
  • Bedgebury Cafe. Open from 8.30 daily
  • Running
  • We currently offer two designated running areas for you to enjoy at Bedgebury
  • Shower
  • Shower tokens available from the Visitor Information Office
  • Walking
  • Bedgebury has a network of all-ability scenic walking routes promoting healthy living, including challenging health walks and calorie mapped trails.
  • Visitor centre
  • Bedgebury Pinetum is open all year
  • Toliets
  • Ladies, Gents and disabled toilets at the Visitor Centre
  • Wildlife
  • The Pinetum is a unique haven for wildlife including many bird species such as Hawfinch, Firecrest and Crossbills. Bedgebury also has 24 varieties of dragonfly.

Location

OS Grid ref: TQ715336
Postcode: TN17 2SJ

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Contact

Bedgebury Office

01580 879820
bedgebury@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Open every day from 8am
Closing at:
1 Jan to 31 Jan 2017 - 4pm
1 Feb to 28 Feb - 5pm
1 Mar to 30 Mar - 6pm
31 Mar to 30 Apr- 7pm
1 May to 31 Aug- 8pm
1 Sept to 28 Sept - 7pm
29 Sept to 26 Oct - 6pm
27 Oct to 30 Nov - 5pm
1 Dec 2017 to 1 Feb 2018 - 4pm
Parking
See planning your visit for further details
Discovery Pass
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