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 2019 - Events Leaflet

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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.

Remaining dates for 2019:

  1. 12th August, 16th September,  21st October,  18th November, 16th December 

£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 18th July 2019

In the Lancaster Room at the Ashdown Forest Centre.

For further information, please email.


10:00am to 1:00pm 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]

    Walks with the Rangers

    A series of walks with the Chase Rangers and Grazing Team over the summer. Come along and learn about the habitats, wildlife, grazing animals and landscape.

    July 23rd - West Chase 2pm

    August 2nd - Grazing Team 2pm

    August 9th - East Chase 11am

    August 12th - North Chase 2pm

    August 20th - South Chase 11am

    The walks will last between 1.5 and 2 hours. Suitable for accompanied children 8 and over. Well-behaved dogs on short leads are welcome on the Chase walks but not on the Grazing team walk

    Booking is essential. Adults £5 Accompanied children under 13 £3. Pay on the day.

    To book email [email protected] or call 01342 823583

    Unfortunately we are not currently able to run these walks at the weekend.


    Family Winnie the Pooh Walk

    Friday 26th July and Wednesday 31st July

    10.00am -12noon

    A fun, activity walk to explore the wonderful landscape of the Winnie the Pooh Books. Can you follow Pooh's footsteps, find a new house and join the expedition to the north pole.

    Aproximately 2km, suitable for all who can walk this far. We will stop for a little smackeral of something along the way to help keep us all going.

    £10 per family. Please book a place on eventbrite.co.uk


    Family Environmental Art Day

    Tuesday 6th August

    10.30am - 3pm

    The Ashdown Forest Education Team are working with artists from So Sussex to offer a day of art and making based of on the insects and birds of the Ashdown Forest.

    Our creations will be displayed as part of the Into the Trees Festival at Pippingford Park in September (www.into-the-trees.co.uk) . We will spend some time exploring the Ashdown  Forest to gather ideas and inspiration for our art works.  Wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy in.

    All materials provided.

    Bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks provided during the day

    £10 per child. Children need to be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for families with children over 5 years. Please book a place eventbrite.co.uk

    Any families attending this event will be given a free day pass for the Into the Trees festival which is run by So Sussex


    Family Art

    Bat Talk with Jenny Clark

    Saturday 10th August


    Come along and meet some of our native bat species. Jenny Clark from the Sussex Bat Hospital will be talking about bats and the work she does to care for injured bats at her Bat Hospital. She will be bringing some bats along for you to see.

    This is a free event but donations towards the bat hospital are welcome. Booking is advised.

    The talk will last for approximately 2 hours.

    The event is suitable for children.

    Sussex Bat Group


    Archaeology Walk

    Tuesday 17th September

    11am - 1pm

    The lumps, bumps, pits and ditches of a landscape tell us about its history.  Learn about Ashdown Forest’s past on this leisurely walk through heath and woodland.  Approximate distance 3km.  In partnership with High Weald Project as part of the High Weald Walking Festival www.highwealdwalkingfestival.org

    Meet Lintons Car Park

    Please book a free place on eventbrite.co.uk


    Ashdown Forest Big Draw

    Sunday 6th October


    Come draw, doodle, scribble, sketch or paint on the Ashdown Forest. It could be a landscape, leaf, bird or shadow, a footprint, view, tree or twig, a memory or something else that catches your eye. 

    Open to all ages, all abilities and in all weathers.  Your art work will become part of our community exhibition at the Forest Centre.

    The Pop Up Café will be open for refreshments during the day.

    Donations to the Ashdown Forest very welcome.

    Bring along your own paper (A5 or smaller) and pencil/pen/charcoal/crayon.  Some drawing materials and paper will be available from the Education Barn.  If it’s wet there will be space and inspiration in the Education Barn or if the weather is good there is the whole of the Forest to explore and draw.

    There is parking in the Forest Centre car park, Broadstone car park and a little further away at Lintons car park.


    Family Wreath making workshops

    Sunday 8th December

    10.30am– 12.30pm for families

    2pm- 4pm for adults

    Make a beautiful rustic wreath for your Christmas celebrations.  It will involve a short collecting walk and an indoor making session.

    Includes a hot drink

    £25 per family am or £20 per person pm

    Book a place at eventbrite.co.uk





Nutley Artists - Summer Exhibition

Nutley Artists




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