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 2022

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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 10am - 11:30am

Dates for 2022:

  1. 21st February, 21st March, 18th April, 16th May, 20th June

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 child attending.

Book a place at eventbrite.co.uk


    Lesser Spotted Woodpecker & Redstart Surveying

    Briefing session via Zoom on Thursday 27th January at 7:30pm

    We need your help!

    This year we are helping a local bird researcher to survey Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers and Redstarts on Ashdown Forest. The research is being supported by Sussex Ornithological Society, The Woodpecker Network, and the British Trust for Ornithology and the aim is to find out more about the distribution and breeding success of these important woodland species.

    We are holding a briefing session via Zoom on Thursday 27th January at 7:30pm when you can find out how you can help with the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker survey. A second session for the redstart survey will be arranged later in the spring.

    If you are interested, please register to join the Zoom briefing through the link below (it is free to register):

    Previous experience of bird surveying is not necessary but you will need to have access to a smartphone to take part.

    Lesser Spotted Woodpecker and Redstart

    Ashdown Forest Writing Group

    Next meeting to be confirmed

    For further information Please contact [email protected]




Nature Nuggets - ideas for activities to do whilst out on a walk, with a focus on nature

Ashdown Forest Audio Trail:

Find out more about Ashdown Forest with the Audio Tour. Listen to it on your mobile while you walk.


Bumblebee fun and ID spotter sheet

Bug activities to do with children

Green Tiger Beetle

Hedgehog Highways





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