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

toddler gp 1 toddler 2 Chestnut Wreath


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. 21st September, 19th October, 16th November, 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.


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]


    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.


    The Clumps Sponsored Walk

    Saturday 11th April 2020


    Join us for the revival of the 14 mile iconic Ashdown Forest Clumps Walk to raise funds for the Ashdown Forest Foundation.

    This is a charity trekking challenge visiting 12 of the Scots Pine Clumps on Ashdown Forest. It will take most people over 6 hours to complete. A shorter walk is also available.

    You can now download a copy of the Clumps Walk 2020 with route instructions for a £2.00 donation.


    We will be rescheduling the sponsered walk as soon as the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions are lifted.


    Sponsored Walk





Ashdown Forest Summer Trail (£1 donation) - Summer activity walking trail for families

Ashdown Forest Summer Trail

Get out and explore the Ashdown Forest this summer. Download a map and trail leaflet and follow the route on your phone or print out a copy to bring with you. The trail starts and finishes at the Ashdown Forest Centre car park , Wych Cross

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 may like to 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.

If you want to take a photo of your adventure to share with us please send it to [email protected]


This is the season to build a nest


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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