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.



EVENTS 2016.

  • PARENT/CARER & TODDLER GROUP - every 3rd Monday of the month. Click here for further details

  • winnie the poohWINNIE-THE-POOH ANNIVERSARY EVENT: Saturday 1st October

To mark the 90th anniversary of the first publication of the much loved Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne a day of events will be held at the Ashdown Forest Centre.

- Pop Up Cafe

- Guided walk from Ashdown Forest Centre with Winnie-the-Pooh related activities along with way for children. Booking essential - please visit www.sussexwalkingfestival.org.uk

- Talk by Kathryn Aalto and readings from her best selling book "The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh". No booking required for the talk or book signing.




    • celebration 1A CREATIVE CELEBRATION OF ASHDOWN FOREST: 8th - 15th October 2016

    This week is a collaboration betwwen a group of local people and the team at the Ashdown Forest Centre who have come together to create a celebration of all that is wonderful about the Forest. All events have been commissioned and produced especially for this week. To view a larger version of the flyer click here.







    Saturday 8th October:

    LAUNCH –


    A romp through the Forest’s history, soundscape of voices, a short story and a vocal ensemble. Followed by ROUND ASHDOWN - Wordsmith Sian Thomas and tunesmith Gregers Brinch have collaborated on a lighthearted song that incorporates the words and sounds of the different members of the Ashdown Forest community.

    All donations for this event will go to the Ashdown Forest Conservators.

    2.30pm - 4.30pm in the Education Barn

    Pop Up cafe for refreshments 1.30pm - 2.30pm

    Sunday 9th October


    Tales both tall and true of the creatures that live on the Forest a short walk with stories and activities along the way with Rachel Bennington and Lisa Stevens

    (aged 7years +).

    2pm - 4pm meet outside Information Centre


    We have invited local schools to participate in a day-long story making workshop. The children will use the Forest as inspiration for story making and collect natural objects to help tell a story of their own. They will create story boxes which will be on display in the Education Barn during the week.

    Thursday 13th October


    Poets Josephine Balmer, Paul Matthews and Sian Thomas will be reading work on Ashdown Forest and other places, people and things.

    7pm - 9pm in the Education Barn

    Friday 14th October


    Soundscape of Ashdown Forest: Wildlife sounds woven with stories from people who know the Forest well, recorded by radio producer Eka Morgan.

    Moving images with live percussion – slide show and video of the Forest in all seasons – a collaboration between the Conservation Officer Steve Alton and local composer Gregers Brinch.

    7pm - 9pm in the Education Barn

    Saturday 15th October


    Come onto the Forest and into the warm for an enticing evening of true and traditional tales celebrating the people, events and nature of this extraordinary place. For adults and children 10 years + with Xanthe Gresham and Sue Hollingsworth

    7pm - 9pm in the Education Barn

    • POET'S WALK AND WORKSHOP WITH SIAN THOMAS- 18th October 2016, 10.30am-1.30pm

    A free 3-hour writing workshop based at the Forest Centre. Includes a short walk along the Broadstone Amble. Tea & coffee available – donations gratefully received

    Spaces are limited to 12. To book a place call 01342 823583 or  e-mail [email protected]

    A Poets' Walk: Celebration
    In this walk and writing workshop we will celebrate both the diversity and richness of the Forest and the joy of walking. Bring
    along a pen and paper, and wear suitable clothing and footwear.

    Refreshments available – donations gratefully received.





6th May to 30th September - Trees, Light and Skies by Sally Scott.







  • d brooker

4th October to 3rd January - The Forest and beyond; photographic exhibition by Dave Brooker

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