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.

Remaining dates for 2019:

  1. 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 29th August 2019

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]

    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.



    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/


    Summer Storytelling

    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.

    Summer Storytelling

    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

    High Weald Walking Festival

    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.

    Booking essential.

    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

    Difficulty: Leisurely

    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:


    High Weald Walking Festival

    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]

    Outdoor Learning Session

    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










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