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 20th June 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



    1. Wednesday 19 June 2019

    2.  Tuesday 25 June 2019

    3. Monday 1 July 2019

    Join us out on the Forest around dusk with one of our Voluntary Rangers (an experienced birdwatcher) to hear and hopefully see the elusive and mysterious  Nightjar , a rare bird of English folklore which comes to the heathland of Ashdown Forest each summer from Africa and makes display flights soon after sunset. We also hope to see an increasingly uncommon crepuscular bird, the size of a small owl , the Woodcock , now “red-listed".

    The walk is aimed at novices and non-birdwatchers. Limited number of places on each walk so book early to avoid disappointment. The walk lasts around one & a half hours, starting around sunset.

    There is a small charge of £5 per person. Children over 10  years welcome if accompanied by an adult. Weather-dependent—walk will be cancelled if raining on the evening. Sorry—no dogs.

    Call the Forest Centre to book a place.

    You will be advised of the meeting point/venue approx one week before the event –depending on where the Nightjars are evident.


    Nightjar by Alastair Gray

    Photo by Alastair Gray

    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.


    Sheep Day

    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.


    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





Nutley Artists - Summer Exhibition

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