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 2020

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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.

Every 3rd Monday of the month.

Dates for 2020:

  1. 16th November (Cancelled), 21st December 

Suitable for children under 5 years accompanied by an adult.

Please come dressed in clothes you don't mind getting messy and that will keep you warm and dry in all weathers. Long trousers and closed toe shoes are advised for all sessions even if it's hot. In wet weather we will spend some time in the Education barn but will still go out onto the Forest for a short walk so please bring waterproofs for you and your child.

For further information and enquiries contact [email protected] or call 01342 823583

BOOKING ESSENTIAL - Please book a place for each member of your family attending. (£2.67 including booking fee)

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 10:30am to 12:30 on:


In the Lancaster Room at the Ashdown Forest Centre.

For further information, please email.


Next date: tbc

The Poets Walks are taking place once a month and will meet at different locations on the Forest. Booking is essential so we can conform to government guidance regarding social gatherings.

Please contact Sian Thomas for more information or to book a place: [email protected]


    We are yet to decide if it will be possible to run our regular Ashdown Forest events in the autumn, including the Fungus Foray and the Remembrance Day Service. Please check our website for updates.


    Autumn Trail for families - self-guided

    Come for a wonderful autumnal walk on Ashdown Forest this half term. Download a map and trail leaflet and follow the route on your phone or print out a copy to bring with you. The activity sheet will give you lots of ideas of things to do along the route. You can choose where to do the activities along the route. The trail starts and finishes at the Ashdown Forest Centre car park, Wych Cross and costs £1. Download here

    The trail is approximately 3km and includes some hills and rough ground. We advise wearing long trousers and closed shoes when walking on the Forest to protect against stings and bites.You may like to bring a picnic and a drink to have along the way. Please remember to give others you meet space to pass with social distance. If you are bringing a dog it needs to be under close control at all times. There is livestock on this route. Please take home all your litter to recycle or dispose of.

    If you would like more general information about the Forest, its history and wildlife you can also download the Broadstone Amble trail which follows the same route. This leaflet will also provide you with some written directions and lots of information. There is a small additional charge of 50p for this leaflet.

    The toilets and information centre are still closed due to Covid 19 so there are no facilities on site.

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How many different tree flowers can you notice on your walk

Tree Flowers

Bumblebee fun and ID spotter sheet


Every flower counts... Are you ready?


Bug activities to do with children

Green Tiger Beetle

Hedgehog Highways

Hedgehog Highways




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