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 2021

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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 2021:

  1. 20th September, 18th October, 15th November 20th  

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.

Book a place at eventbrite.co.uk


    Family Winnie the Pooh Walk

    Tuesday 10th August and

    Wednesday 24th August

    10.00am -12 noon

    £15 per family - Booking Essential

    Most suitable for children aged 4 years and above

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    Join Pooh and his friends to follow a footstep trail, find a new house, play Pooh sticks and go on an ‘exposition’ to the north pole.

    A fun activity walk led by the Ashdown Education Team exploring the wonderful landscape where the original Winnie the Pooh Books are set. We will provide a small ‘smackeral’ of something along the way to keep us going. 

    Approximately 2km. Route not suitable for pushchairs. This walk does not include visiting the original Pooh Bridge.

    Meet at the Ashdown Forest Centre. 

    Book a place on eventbrite.co.uk:

    Tuesday 10th August book here

    Wednesday 24th August book here

    Stories from the Woods for families

    Wednesday 25th August  

    10am – 12 noon

    £10 per family - Booking Essential

    Most suitable for children aged 5 to 11 years.

    Story telling

    Hear some magical, traditional stories then use some simple techniques to create props and puppets from natural materials to tell your own the stories. Led by the Ashdown Education Team.

    Meet at the Ashdown Forest Centre

    Book a place at eventbrite.co.uk

    Ashdown poetry collection birthday party.

    7th August, 2 - 4pm

    Ashdown Poetry



    Ashdown Forest's poet in residence, Siân Thomas, will be hosting a first birthday party for her collection Ashdown, whose launch was cancelled last year due to Covid. Siân will read from her collection and there will be an open mic. for anyone who wishes to read a poem.

    All are welcome and admission is free.




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.


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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