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Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Our car parks open at 8am all year around. We have the following closing times:

April, May, June, July, August - 8pm

September - 7pm

October - 6pm

November, December, January - 4pm

February - 6pm

March - 7pm

How to find us

How to find us

Friston Forest is located adjacent to Seven Sisters Country Park, between Seaford and Eastbourne. There are three car parks at Friston Forest.

Friston Forest main car park is located on Litlington Road between Exceat and Litlington.

Butchershole car park is located on Jevington Road between Jevington and East Dean.

The Seven Sisters Countryside Park car park is located  off the A259 road between Seaford and East Dean. Please note, this car park is managed by East Sussex County Council, not Forestry England, but your Forestry England Membership is still valid there.

Old Willingdon Road, East Dean, Eastbourne
Sat Nav Postcode: BN20 0AT
OS Grid Ref
TV 555 995

50.781022, 0.15176325

Parking and prices

Parking charges apply at Friston Forest.

You can now use RingGo* at Friston Forest which allows you to pay for parking online or via an app. Please download the Ringo App before travelling if you can. RingGo is available at 2 locations:

  • Butchers Hole
  • Lidlington Road

Pay for parking on your phone in 5 easy steps:

1. Open the RingGo app, or download for free if you haven’t already got it, using the App Store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android).
2. Log in with your RingGo details, or register as a new user.
3. Select your location by entering the 3–6 digit number shown on the parking signs.
4. Enter your number plate and choose how long you’d like to park for. Remember, you can extend this later.
5. Choose to add any handy parking reminders you need, then just tap to pay.

And you’re good to go! Your details are saved so next time, you can park even faster.

If you’re not a smartphone user, you can still use RingGo to pay for your parking by calling 0203 046 0063. You can also register and book parking with RingGo online.

*There is a small convenience charge for using this service.  See RingGo online for full terms and conditions and VAT receipts.

 

The Seven Sisters, Friston and Abbots Wood Membership allows you free car parking at the following car parks:

  • Abbots Wood - Forestry England
  • Butchershole, Friston Forest - Forestry England
  • Litlington Road, Friston Forest - Forestry England
  • Seven Sisters Country Park Riverside - East Sussex County Council
  • Seven Sisters Country Park Forest - East Sussex County Council 

 

Please note there are toilet facilities at Litlington Road carpark.

 

 

Parking Charges

Litlington Road
Up to 2 hours £2.50
Up to 4 hours £4.00
All day £5.00
Butchershole
Up to 2 hours £1.50
Up to 4 hours £2.50
All day £4.00

Coaches/Minibuses charges

For more information please contact info.wealdbeat@forestryengland.uk or 0300 067 4880.

 

Additional Information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer

Facilities and access

You are welcome to hire our barbecues where available, but to prevent forest fires and reduce waste, please do not bring any other barbecues into this forest.

Toilets are available at Friston Forest main car park, Litlington Road only. Facilities not available at Butchershole car park.

Professional dog walking 

We give local professional dog walking companies permission to use our sites providing they follow best practice, are fully insured and have adequate risk assessments in place. If you would like a list of companies with permits at Friston Forest or would like to apply for a permission then please get in touch at info.wealdbeat@forestryengland.uk

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Picnic area
Toilets

Contact details

Escape to nature and experience Friston Forest’s beautiful beech woodland on foot or bike

Friston Forest is within the South Downs National Park between Lulington Heath National Nature Reserve and Seven Sisters Country Park. It is the largest area of recently established forest in South East England.

This expansive beech woodland makes a perfect family day out for those who love exploring the countryside. With walking and cycling trails, great views of the Cuckmere and the sweeping South Downs, Friston Forest has something for everyone.

At a glance

  • 2 walking trails 
  • Cycling trails 
  • Horse riding trails
  • Orienteering
  • Picnic area 
  • Barbecue hire available from 26 July - no other barbecues are allowed in this forest
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