There are many excellent exhibitions and events held on the Forest through the year.

These range from photographic and historical exhibitions to guided walks to family fun days.

To be sure not to miss out check out our listings on your Facebook Group here.



Regular Groups and Upcoming Events 2018

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A group for pre-school children and their parents / carers - join us to explore the wonderful wildlife of Ashdown Forest through a short walk with seasonal crafts and activities.

More info here.

Every 3rd Monday of the month.

Next month's Toddler Group is:

  1. Monday 18th June 2018 - Rabbits and Warrens
  2. Monday 16th July 2018 - Dragonflies

£5 per family - booking essential

Please wear long trousers, proper shoes and clothes that can get dirty.

To book please click: Eventbrite

For further information email: [email protected]


You may have heard, or overheard!, that there is an informal, fun creative writing group meeting 10am to midday on:

Thursday 31st May 2018

In the Education Barn at the Ashdown Forest Centre.

For further information, please email.

POETS WALK -Tuesday 17th July 2018

10:30am to 1:30pm in the Lancaster Room at the Ashdown Forest Centre (RH18 5JP).

We meet in the Lancaster Room at the Ashdown Forest Centre, write for a while, go for a walk, then write about the walk. If there's time we look at a nature poem or two. We talk a lot too, that's a big part of it.

Please contact the office at the Ashdown Forest Centre to book at: [email protected]


    Join us out on the Forest around dusk with one of our Voluntary Rangers (an experienced birdwatcher) to hear and hopefully see the elusive and mysterious Nightjar.

    • Tuesday 5 June 2018
    • Wednesday 20 June 2018
    • Monday 2 July 2018


    Start time: Assemble 21.10 hrs. for 21.15 prompt start.

    The walk is aimed at novices and non-birdwatchers.  Limited number of places on each walk (12), so book early to avoid disappointment.

    To book your space please email.

    Joining Instructions.



    Woolly Weekend at the Ashdown Forest Centre, Wych Cross

    Saturday 14th July

    3D Felt bag or hat workshop

    10am – 4pm

    Join felting expert Debbie Siniska and spend the day leaning to make a continuous felt hat or bag. All materials will be provided including wool from the Hebridean sheep that help manage the Ashdown Forest for Conservation. There will be a small additional charge according to materials used.

    Hot drinks will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch.

    Cost per person £55 plus materials

    To book a place please visit eventbrite.co.uk



    Saturday 14th July

    Plant Colours from the Ashdown Forest –

    A Natural Dye workshop

    10am – 4pm

    Join natural dyer, Deborah Barker, for a one day introductory dyeing workshop and learn howto create beautiful subtle colours on wool with plantsfound in the Ashdown forest.

    You will learn how to prepare the wool for dyeing and identify some of the plants found locallytocreate a range of coloursand be introduced to the wonders of modifiers.

    Each participant will be given 50gms of locally produced organic Plawhatch wool and 20gms of fleece to dye and take home with them.

    Hot drinks will be provided. Please bring a packed lunch

    £60 per person

    To book a place please visit eventbrite.co.uk


    A Mini Festival of Sheep and Wool

    Sunday 15th July

    10am – 4pm

    Come and explore the Ashdown Forest Visitor Centre where there will be spinners, weavers, dyers and felt makers with displays and demonstrations of their craft. The Sussex Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers will be here to demonstrate their craft.

    Take part in drop in craft activities or book on a mini 30 minute workshop, there will be a small charge for some activities.

    Visit the pop up café. Bring along your knitting or crochet to join other wool workers for a knit and natter session or have a go at some giant knitting.

    Meet some of the Ashdown Forest sheep and find out about how and why they are so important for the conservation work on the Ashdown Forest.

    Listen to Spinning stories and enjoy a walk on the Ashdown Forest.

    There is no entrance charge for this event but all donations will be gratefully received.

    This event is supported by a grant from the Chalk Cliff Trust


    Bookable workshops:

    Make a mini felted nature pocket at 10.00am, 11.15am, 12.00pm, 1.00pm and 1.45pm £4 per person

    Learn how to set up a solar dye pot to create your own natural dye colours at home. Suitable for all ages over 7 years at 11.30am, 2.00pm and 3.30pm. £4 per person


    For more information on any of these events please contact [email protected] or call us on 01342 823583



    Hebridian Ewe and two lambs











    Felt Pockets


    Jars of dyed wool


    Ashdown Forest Summer Holiday Playscheme

    Thursday 26th and Friday 27th July 2018

    10am – 3.30pm

    £65 per child

    Ashdown Forest Centre, Wych Cross, RH18 5JP

    Join the Ashdown Forest Education Team for 2 days of forest fun and activities including den building, games, tracks and trails, stories, nature craft, and more. Suitable for children over 6 years old.

    For more information and to request a booking form [email protected] or call the office on 01342 823583






    More dates will be available in September

    Sheep Proof Your Dog Training


ART EXHIBITION - April - June 2018

We are very pleased to announce a joint exhibition of some new work by Mervyn Hathaway and Maggie Tuite at the Ashdown Forest Centre Gallery from Saturday 7th April to 30th June 2018.

Poster here

Maggie Tuite

By Maggie Tuite

Mervyn Hathaway

By Mervyn Hathaway




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