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 15th October 2018 - Apples, acorns and fungi
  2. Monday 19th November 2018 - Camps and chestnuts
  3. Monday 17th December 2018 -Mini wreaths and mid winter evergreens

£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 11th October 2018

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]


A monthly group exploring nature on Ashdown Forest by drawing and recording the detail of what we see. The session will be an opportunity to slow down and really look at what is around us. We will use exercises to increase our observation skills and engage our curiosity and wonder about the natural world as well as learning more about the flora of the Forest.

The group is open to all adults. No experience or skill in drawing required. Please bring a note book and something to draw with.

For more information email [email protected]

Please book a place by visiting Eventbrite

Nature Journaling

    Self guided History trail for all the Family

    Saturday 20th October to Sunday 28th October

    Collect a map and activity sheet from the visitor centre and follow the trail, complete the activities and return to collect a prize.

    £5 per family

    No need to book just turn up on the day

    History Trail

    Fungi Day - Tuesday 23rd October

    Fungi Day and the Family History Trail will all be happening at the Forest Centre between 11am and 4pm on Tuesday 23rd October (half term).
    There will be two Fungi walks leaving the Ashdown Forest Centre at 11am and 2pm. The walks will be around an hour each and over uneven terrain.

    Please book your place on either walk by emailing: [email protected]

    Alternatively, you can forage for fungi on your own and experts will be on hand throughout the day in the Information Barn to identify your finds.

    Families can pick up a map at the Forest Centre for the Family History Trail .

    Please put the date in your diaries and help support Ashdown Forest. There will be a small charge for the fungi walks - £3 per adult/ £6 per family

    Fly Agaric

    Family Wreath making workshop

    Sunday 2nd December

    10.30 – 12.30

    Cost: £25 per family to 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

    Book a place through Eventbrite with this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-christmas-wreath-making-workshop-tickets-49885892046


    Sunday 9th December

    A talk about the cultural history and techniques of trug making with demonstration and book sales to run alongside woodturners exhibition.

    To be confirmed


ART EXHIBITION - Community Art Project 7th October - 29th October

The Big Draw on the Forest went really well at the weekend. We had over a hundred pictures entered into our community exhibition.

If you would like to add your drawing to the exhibition come along on 13th or 14th October or any day 20th to 28th October where you can pick up a piece of paper, borrow a clipboard and get out on the Forest to do a drawing – all abilities welcome.

The visitor Centre will be open on these dates if you would like to see the exhibition.

Alternatively join our Nature Journaling session on Monday 12th Nov at 10am to come out with a small group and record your nature observations. Booking for this event are through Eventbrite.co.uk

Many thanks to Search Press who provided art books for The Big Draw event.

Community Art

Community Art





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