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
Walks with the Rangers
A series of walks with the Chase Rangers and Grazing Team over the summer. Come along and learn about the habitats, wildlife, grazing animals and landscape.
July 23rd - West Chase 2pm
August 2nd - Grazing Team 2pm
August 9th - East Chase 11am
August 12th - North Chase 2pm
August 20th - South Chase 11am
The walks will last between 1.5 and 2 hours. Suitable for accompanied children 8 and over. Well-behaved dogs on short leads are welcome on the Chase walks but not on the Grazing team walk
Booking is essential. Adults £5 Accompanied children under 13 £3. Pay on the day.
To book email [email protected] or call 01342 823583
Unfortunately we are not currently able to run these walks at the weekend.
SHEEP PROOF YOUR DOG TRAINING 2019
1. Tuesday 10th September 2019
2. Tuesday 24th September 2019
Time: 20-minute training slots. Throughout the day from 09:20 to 16:00
Price: £28 per dog, one dog per session.
Booking essential and payment in advance.
To book please email: [email protected]
We will need name, email address, mobile number, breed and age of your dog.
For more information about the course visit http://sheepproofyourdog.co.uk/
Sunday 1st September
Come along to the Ashdown Forest Centre on Sunday 1st September for a session of stories with the Forest Way Storytellers.
Find out what happened to the crab who wanted to learn to walk forwards and the boy looking for a little red house with no windows and no doors.
Join us to hear their tales and take a walk through the world of the imagination.
Cost: £3 per child – book in advance or pay on the day
Morning session: 11:30am–12:15pm
Afternoon session: 2:30pm–3:15pm
Suitable for children 5+. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Archaeology Walk - FULLY BOOKED
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
NGS Walk around the Forest Garden at Chelwood Vachery
Tuesday 17th September
10:30am and 2pm
Guided walk around the Forest Garden at Chelwood Vachery. First walk at 10:30am and a second at 2pm. There will be a charge of £5 payable on the day and all proceeds go to charities supported by the National Garden Scheme
To book a place, please contact the Ashdown Forest Centre.
Ashdown Forest Creative Writing Walk
Thursday 19th September
Part of the High Weald Walking Festival:
A walk to inspire writing taking in views, gills, coppice, mature beech, heathland, pines, heather, wide rides and narrow pathways. Afterwards, we’ll reflect on the walk and write in the barn.
Donations requested. Drinks available at Centre.
email: [email protected] or call 01342 823583.
Meeting point: Ashdown Forest Centre education barn, Wych Cross, RH18 5JP. Parking (free) at the Forest Centre or Broadstone car parks. Map ref: TQ 432 323.
Distance / duration: 2 miles / 2 hours
WC en route; dogs on leads welcome; accompanied children (7+) welcome; bring packed lunch if required; public transport may be possible; slower walk, more leader talk
For more information about the High Weald Walking Festival and other walks that are taking place visit:
Free Outdoor Learning Session
Monday 23rd September
3:45pm - 5:30pm
For information about the session or the High Weald Hero primary school scheme contact Rachel Bennington at [email protected]
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