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".
Find out all about the latest Bedgebury news including important site and trail updates, and anything else that may affect your visit.
We are planning a great programme of events for 2017, offering something for everyone. Visit our Bedgebury Events and Forest Live Concerts 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.
Learning tutors wanted - click here for more information
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
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!
Enjoy running in the beautiful surroundings of Bedgebury. Find out more about Bedgebury parkrun on our running pages.
Sometimes you need that extra motivation to pull on your trainers and get some exercise in the forest. Find out more about Bounts.
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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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
Find new dedicated way-marked trails linking with existing bridlepaths, creating a network of horse-friendly routes around the forest.
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?
pat smith, 4/Feb/2017
Please can you tell me whether dogs are allowed in the covered eating area between the visitor centre and the cafe? Thankyou.
Forestry Commission Response
thanks for your enquiry.Only assistance dogs are permitted in the Café and visitor Centre buildings, including the undercover atrium area. We do have a partially covered area to the side of the Café where you can sit with your dog.
5 StarsScott, 13/Nov/2016
Always a pleasure walking around anytime of the year. A treasure to the south to explore.
Only downside is there is only one toilet facility in the main area. Would be easier for a toilet block close to the play areas and Go Ape.
Not a major problem though!
5 StarsNicholas White, 24/Oct/2016
Although we have lived within 20 miles for 40 years this was our first visit. The Pinetum is simply magnificent as are the other features. The grandchildren loved the playground and had plenty of adventures amongst the trees.