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 17th September 2018 - Spiders, berries and swallows
  2. Monday 15th October 2018 - Apples, acorns and fungi
  3. Monday 19th November 2018 - Camps and chestnuts
  4. 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 6th September 2018

In the Lancaster Room at the Ashdown Forest Centre.

For further information, please email.

POETS WALK -Tuesday 21st August 2018

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]


    1. Tuesday 18th September

    2. Tuesday 25th September

    Time: 20 minute training slots throughout the day.

    Price: £26 per dog (paid in advance to secure your booking)

    Booking is essential. To book please email:

    [email protected]

    We will need name, email address, mobile number, breed and age of your dog.

    This is very popular and books up quickly.

    Sheep Proof Your Dog Training

    Archaeology Walk

    Monday 17th September

    To be confirmed

    The Big Draw on the Forest

    Sunday 7th October


    Come draw, doodle, scribble or sketch 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.

    This event is part of the Big Draw Festival 2018. 

    Donations to the Ashdown Forest very welcome.

    Bring along your own paper (A5 or smaller) and pencil/pen/charcoal/crayon.  Some drawing materials 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.

    If you would like, your art work will become part of our community exhibition in the Information Centre and be on display from 7th October until 28th October.  See the website for Centre opening times.  At the end of the exhibition you can collect you work to take home.  If you know you won’t be able to make it back to the Forest Centre you could leave a stamped addressed envelope and we will return your work.

    If you can’t make it on the day you can still contribute art works from the Forest by bringing it along to add to the exhibition any time between 7th – 28th October during visitor centre opening times.

    For more information, email [email protected]

    Big Draw

    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


    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

    To book a place email [email protected]


    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 -Nutley Artists Friends

We are very pleased to announce an exhibition of some new work by the Nutley Artists Friends at the Ashdown Forest Centre from 19th July 2018.

We are a group of artists who live and paint in Nutley. We have all been painting for a number of years but this is our first exhibition together. We have an eclectic range of subject matter ranging from the Forest to Fried eggs, including watercolour, oils, acrylics, pen and ink and hand printing. We shall have paintings, cards and hand prints for sale.


Nutlet Artists Friends




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