At Bedgebury

Whether it’s swinging from the trees like a monkey at Go Ape, or cycling through one of the many trails, or just admiring the beautiful scenery on foot, Bedgebury National Forest and Pinetum really does have something for everyone.

For up to date details of events and activities on site, please see the Forestry Commission website

Forestry Commission Activities

The Forestry Commission have a wide range of activities which can be enjoyed when visiting Bedgebury National Forest and Pinetum. There are live concerts and a wide range of events, please have a look at the main Bedgebury Forest Commission page for further information of these:

Seasonal Trail

Follow the regular seasonal trail around the Pinetum. The trails change with each new season and each one focuses on a new subject that brings alive the important conservation work that we carry out right in the heart of our outstanding conifer collection. The trails are suitable for all ages, interests and abilities and a free supporting trail guide can be collected from the information office before setting of on your walk through the beautiful collection.


Bedgebury and National Pinetum’s orienteering routes are professionally endorsed and designed by Saxon Orienteering (affiliated to the British Orienteering Federation) to cater for all levels of expertise and experience.

More available from the Bedgebury Visitor Information Office for each course around the forest. Please check with the Bedgebury Visitors Centre for the latest pricing of these.

The four courses range across Yellow (beginners), White (easy), Orange (intermediate) and Light Green (advanced) and vary from 1.6km to 2.7km

Audio Trail

Why not download the Forestry Commission’s audio trail before your visit? The trail provides an introduction to the Pinetum and the tree collection. You can listen to former curator of the Pinetum, Chris Reynolds, as he shares his passion for the tree collection.


Audio Trail$


Come on an adventure – find the Gruffalo and the Gruffalo’s Child!

You may find the fabulous Gruffalo character sculptures hidden in the Pinetum! And now he has been joined by the Gruffalo’s Child and friends too! And why not download the free Gruffalo activity sheets before you go on your adventure so you can learn more about leaves and seeds as you go. Sign up to find out more about Gruffalo fun with the Forestry Commission.

Table Tennis

There is now table tennis at Bedgebury. Bring in your own bat and balls, or use ones at Bedgebury, and challenge your friends to a game or two on outdoor table tennis situated in the play area. Use of the table tennis table is FREE. 

Also on offer by some of our onsite partners

Go Ape at Bedgebury

Go Ape!

Swing between the trees like a monkey at Go Ape.

Telephone: 0333 433 0691

Go Ape$

Quench Mountain Bike Hire at Bedgebury

Quench Cycle Hire

Telephone: 01580 879694 

Email: [email protected]