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 2018

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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.

More info here.

Every 3rd Monday of the month.

Next month's Toddler Group is

  1. Monday 17th December 2018 - Mini wreaths and mid winter evergreens

£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 6th December 2018

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]



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

Nature Journaling

    Trug Event

    Sunday 9th December

    11am – 3pm

    Sarah Page from the Truggery in Herstmonceux will be in the Information Barn to promote her new book The Sussex Trug which looks at the history of this local Sussex basket and how it is linked to the landscape of the Weald. She will also have a selection of trugs for sale which make a beautiful, sustainable and local presents.

    Trug Book

    Christmas at the Forest Centre

    Sunday 23rd December

    This is the first Christmas event we have run at the Forest Centre.

    11:30am The World Famous Ashdown Mummers will perform their ancient Sussex Mummers play in the Information Barn

    12:30pm Shalesbrook Ladies Morris in the Information Barn

    1pm - 2pm Father Christmas will be in his grotto

    The Forest Way Storytellers will be telling stories in the Education Barn from about noon.

    There will also be craft activities, Pop-Up cafe and activities to do on the Forest.

    There will be a charge for visiting Father Christmas and the craft activities otherwise donations will be greatly appreciated.

    There is limited parking in the Centre car park but there are other car parks a short walk away. Please contact the office if you need further information.

    Ashdown Mummers


ART EXHIBITION - Nutley Artists & Friends

Nutley Artists are returning with a winter exhibition from November 3rd until December 31st

Nutley Artists


Ashdown Woodturners

Ashdown Woodturners will be exhibiting examples of their work to sell from November 3rd to 23rd December




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