Alice Holt Forest

Visitor information

Welcome to Alice Holt Forest

Make it a day for everyone to remember with a walk at Alice Holt Forest, enjoy fresh woodland air and a warm drink in the cafe. We have lots of different trails and exciting play areas for you to discover, including our unique Gruffalo Sculptures, and other characters from the story - see who you can find in the deep, dark woods! Everyone's invited to take part in the new forest adventure, to celebrate the Gruffalo's 25th Birthday! Pick up your party pack for just £4 from the Visitor Centre or Activity Centre, packed with fun things to do.

Set within 247 hectares of beautiful forest, if peace and quiet is what you're after, then try our Walking trails and Wellbeing trail. For our exciting activities visit our Activity Centre with health and fitness activities. Bring your running gear and enjoy a peaceful run along our beautiful trails. If you fancy a thrilling adventure, try one of our Go Ape Tree-Top adventures – pre booking essential.

Love to cycle? We've got you covered with our Cycle Trails. Bring your bike along and explore the forest with your family and friends. 



A digital illustration of the Gruffalo standing in the forest with bunting strung above him.

Gruffalo Party trail at Alice Holt Forest

The Gruffalo is celebrating his 25th birthday and to celebrate, everyone is invited to take part in a brand-new forest adventure. The interactive family trail features all sorts of party-themed activities and games, along with fun facts to teach you about life in the forest for the Gruffalo and other creatures.

Alice Holt offers a wonderful opportunity for natural cycling. Check out our cycling trails and enjoy the fantastic scenery by bike, you will see ancient mighty oaks as well as wildflower rich open spaces during your cycle. Our cycle trails are open for you to enjoy.

Inclusive cycling at Alice Holt Forest

The Alice Holt inclusive cycling fleet has a wide range of bikes to make cycling accessible to everyone, and the volunteers will help you choose the right bike to match your circumstances and show you how to ride and where to go in the forest.

Sessions are held every Thursday morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm and are open and on a first come first served basis.

Breeze into the Forest

British Cycling have teamed up with us to offer free, women-only group cycle rides for all abilities in the nation’s forests. 

Every group ride is led by a qualified Breeze into the Forest Champion, who will organise everything and make sure everyone stays safe.

Family cycling trail at Alice Holt Forest

The Family Cycle Trail is the perfect way for the whole family to see the wider forest. 

Cycle hire at Alice Holt Forest - temporarily unavailable

Like many companies that are feeling the impact of the rising cost of living, the third-party cycling operator at Alice Holt Forest have made the difficult decision to stop trading at Alice Holt Forest.

We are sorry that some of our visitors will be affected by their decision and we’d like to assure our visitors that we’re looking into finding a temporary solution.


From gentle group walks to cardio training, discover a wide range of instructor led fitness and wellbeing classes at Alice Holt. 

Enjoy a tasty treat in the forest at one of our beautiful barbecue stands, just bring along good food and company!

Alice Holt has three barbecue hearths available for you to book. Our barbecues are suitable for up to 30 people and comes with its own picnic table. There’s also space for you to bring your own gazebo, up to 3x3m in size. Disposable and portable barbecues are not allowed.

Don't forget to bring your own charcoal and tools!

In order to protect this special landscape from the risk of fire please follow our guidance

No portable barbecues, disposable barbecues, fires or camp stoves are allowed Make sure you book in advance Bring your own charcoal, firelighters, tools, food and good company Only use the barbecue hearths provided, do not use the grass or benches for cooking Do not extinguish the barbecue, close the lid and lock it when you’ve finished and our team will come and clean it afterwards Full Terms and conditions apply

Explore our many waymarked trails or smaller paths that criss-cross Alice Holt Forest. The woods are ideal for just about everyone to enjoy some exercise, from a gentle family walk to a good long invigorating stroll.


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