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 2019 - Events Leaflet

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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.

Dates for 2019:

  1. 21st January, 18th February, 18th March,  15th April, 20th May, 17th June, 15th July, 19th August, 16th September,  21st October,  18th November, 16th December 

£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 25th April 2019

In the Lancaster Room at the Ashdown Forest Centre.

For further information, please email.

POETS WALK - Tuesday 2nd July 2019

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

Dates for 2019:

11th February, 11th March, 8th April, 13th May, 10th June, 8th July, 12th August, 9th September, 

14th October, 11th November, 9th December 

Nature Journaling


    Tuesday 30 April 2019, Saturday 11 May 2019

    A wonderful chance to take an early morning guided walk on the Forest led by one of our Volunteer Rangers, an experienced birdwatcher. The birds should be very active and vocal at this time of day and time of year. This is a chance to hear and see some unusual birds which you are most unlikely to find in your garden and which are hard to find in rural Sussex outside Ashdown Forest .

    Walks are aimed at novices and non-birdwatchers.

    BOOKING ESSENTIAL - limited number of places so book early.

    There is a small charge of £5 per person (children £3).

    Open to adults and to children 10 years and over if accompanied by an adult.

    Sorry no dogs.

    Email: [email protected] to book a place

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    Calling in the Birds

    Sunday 5th May

    3pm - 5pm

    Traditionally the arrival of swallows, nightjars and cuckoos herald the start of summer.

    Join us for a summer celebration welcoming the birds back to Sussex and the Ashdown Forest.

    Listen to the story of their epic journeys from their wintering grounds in Africa to their summer nesting sites on the Ashdown Forest. We will toast their arrival and pledge our desire to protect them, becoming part of their story of a summer on the Forest. You will also see a trail of artwork created especially for the event.

    Suitable for all (includes walking approx. 1km over sloping ground)

    There is no charge for this event but we would welcome donations on the day towards the work of the conserving the Forest

    Park in Forest Centre car park and Broadstone car park

    Please book a place on eventbrite.co.uk

    Calling in the birds


    1. Tuesday 7th May 2019
    2. Tuesday 14th May 2019

    Time: 20-minute training slots. Throughout the day from 09:20 to 16:00

    Price: £27 per dog, one dog per session.

    Booking essential. Payment in advance.

    To book a place please email: [email protected]

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

    For information about the course visit www.sheepproofyourdog.co.uk

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    The Landscape of Winnie the Pooh

    Monday 24th June

    11am - 1pm

    The Ashdown Forest was the inspirational setting for the Winnie the Pooh stories. This walk explores how AA Milne wove the essence of the landscape into these best loved books. It includes read excerpts and a little natural history.

    The walk will be approximately 3km over rough and in some places steep ground. Long trousers and walking shoes / boots recommended.

    Suitable for adults and young people over 15 years old.

    £5 per person. Please book a place eventbrite.co.uk

    Led by the Ashdown Forest Education Team


    Photo by Chris Flegal

    Sheep shearing and Wool Craft Day

    Sunday 30th June

    11am – 4pm

    Come and see some of the Ashdown Forest conservation flock being sheared and find out why these sheep are so important for the wildlife of the Forest. 

    Explore the Ashdown Forest Visitor Centre where there will be spinners, weavers, dyers and felt makers with displays and demonstrations of their craft.

    Take part in drop in craft activities for children and adults.  There will be a small charge for some craft activities.

    Visit the Pop up Café.

    Listen to some Spinning stories.

    There is no entrance charge for this event but all donations towards the work of conserving the Forest will be gratefully received.

    Check times of activities on website nearer the time.

    Wool craft

    Family Winnie the Pooh Walk

    Friday 26th July and Wednesday 31st July

    10.00am -12noon

    A fun, activity walk to explore the wonderful landscape of the Winnie the Pooh Books. Can you follow Pooh's footsteps, find a new house and join the expedition to the north pole.

    Aproximately 2km, suitable for all who can walk this far. We will stop for a little smackeral of something along the way to help keep us all going.

    £10 per family. Please book a place on eventbrite.co.uk


    Family Environmental Art Day

    Tuesday 6th August

    10.30am - 3pm

    The Ashdown Forest Education Team are working with artists from So Sussex to offer a day of art and making based of on the insects and birds of the Ashdown Forest.

    Our creations will be displayed as part of the Into the Trees Festival at Pippingford Park in September (www.into-the-trees.co.uk) . We will spend some time exploring the Ashdown  Forest to gather ideas and inspiration for our art works.  Wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy in.

    All materials provided.

    Bring a packed lunch. Hot drinks provided during the day

    £10 per child. Children need to be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for families with children over 5 years. Please book a place eventbrite.co.uk

    Any families attending this event will be given a free day pass for the Into the Trees festival which is run by So Sussex

    Family Art

    Archaeology Walk

    Tuesday 17th September

    11am - 1pm

    The lumps, bumps, pits and ditches of a landscape tell us about its history.  Learn about Ashdown Forest’s past on this leisurely walk through heath and woodland .  Approximate distance 3km.  In partnership with High Weald Project as part of the High Weald Walking Festival www.highwealdwalkingfestival.org

    Meet Lintons Car Park

    Please book a free place on eventbrite.co.uk


    Ashdown Forest Big Draw

    Sunday 6th October


    Come draw, doodle, scribble, sketch or paint 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.

    Donations to the Ashdown Forest very welcome.

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


    Family Wreath making workshops

    Sunday 8th December

    10.30am– 12.30pm for families

    2pm- 4pm for adults

    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

    £25 per family am or £20 per person pm

    Book a place at eventbrite.co.uk



Ashdown Forest Writing Group and Poets Walk.

An exhibition of written work from the Writing Group and Poets walk - inspired by the Forest




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