Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest - family jumping off a log
28, 29, 30 March
10am - 1.30pm
Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
Can you crack the code and unlock the Easter chocolate hamper? 

Go on an adventure this Easter to discover some of our amazing trees in the National Pinetum.

Complete our Code Cracking Quest trail by answering a question at each box location, a letter in each answer will be converted to a number to form a code. 

2 young brothers look at a play map
Tue 09 - Thu 11 Apr
10:30am - 3:30pm
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Drop in at the Learning Centre to discover more about woodland animal babies.

Try our new life mini-trail challenge in amongst the nearby trees and get creative with our chick, butterfly and frog crafts before relaxing in our reading corner to share wildlife books together.

A young boy peers into his fathers hand to take a closer look
Tue 02 - Fri 05 Apr
10.30am - 3.30pm
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Join us to learn more about the variety of wildlife homes that exist at Westonbirt amongst the trees.

Take part in our hedgehog nest building challenge, create your own spiders web, test your knowledge with our animal homes quiz, relax in our reading corner, and complete an animal home colouring sheet.

2 people walking with dog
23 March 2021
As coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions ease, many people are looking forward to being able to visit the nation’s forests again this Easter.
Father and kids using tablet
06 April 2020
To keep the kids busy, here are our top 7 activities you can do at home over the Easter weekend. Although Easter is usually a great time to get together with loved ones to enjoy the joys of spring, this year we need to stay home and stay safe. But don’t worry, we’re here to bring the trees to you! 
Narrow walking path through ancient woodland
Walking trails and routes

This is a short route which leads you to the National Trust landmark where St Paulinus supposedly baptised 3000 Northumbrians during Easter week, AD 627.

None of the longer paths and trails within the wood are waymarked, and it is recommended that you take an OS Landranger or Explorer map with you to aid navigation.

Children holding acorns

Wild Learning offer forest adventure camps in the school holidays for children aged five and above. All staff are Enhanced DBS-checked and Site Leaders have Forest School L3 qualifications or equivalent. 

2023 Dates

February Half term: 15 Feb

Easter Holidays 12 and 13 April 

May Half term: 1 June

Summer holidays- 27 July, 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 31 August.

October Half term: 24 October 

Example activities may include:  

A family stand listening to the sounds around them.
Daily from 31 March to 14 April
9.30am to 3.30pm
Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest
Spring is in the air!

Spring into action and discover more about the sights, sounds and smells of the forest. It’s  a great time to look forward and enjoy a new season.

Follow the trail 

Collect your activity sheet from the visitor centre, and hop along the trail following our 2km play trail, spotting the signs of spring. Can you find all the letters to uncover the secret Easter word?

Don't forget to collect your chocolate reward!

Drive through Savernake forest under tree canopy

Located south of Marlborough, Savernake Forest is rich in history and has lots to explore. It is a Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI) as well as a registered important historic park, making it the perfect forest for an exciting and educational day out. 

Family paddling in a brook

Wenchford is a beautiful spot nestled deep within the forest with plenty of picnic tables and an easy access path.

Blackpool Brook trickles through the site under the dappled shade of the large oak trees. The paddling area is the perfect place to cool down in the hot summer months.

White pony within rust orange shrubs

Tilery Road is named after a historic Victorian brick and tile works. From the car park there's easy access following the cycle route into Pignall Hill, this is one of the largest collections of inclosure woodlands in the New Forest. 

Pied-Flycatcher in tree

Made up of a beautiful mature oak woodland, Nagshead Nature Reserve plays host to a variety of bird species, making it the perfect day out for any wildlife enthusiasts throughout the year. See if you can spot pied flycatchers in the spring, woodpeckers in summer, nuthatches in autumn and goshawks over winter! 

walkers enjoying a walk around a woodland lake in autumn
Walking trails and routes

Walking trails are suitable for all ages and abilities and some are pushchair and buggy friendly. You don’t even need a map. Follow the wooden posts with the coloured marker bands and take in the stunning views along the way.

Rally car race
03 February 2021
After comprehensive stakeholder consultation and an independent review, Forestry England today announces that motorsport will continue to benefit from access to the nation’s forests.
Autumn in the forest
06 September 2022
Discover waterfalls, spectacular views and brilliant autumn colour in the North East of England this autumn.
Bedgebury National Pinetum Visitor Centre lake view of cafe
07 September 2021
Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest guide to visiting including dog code, scooters and cycling, photography and by-laws
Walking in trees
22 September 2022
Venturing out for an autumn walk is a real treat for all the family. Enjoy the rich golden colours, kicking through crisp leaves and the sights, sounds and scents of a season of change.
Tree in forest
13 October 2023
We’re all set for a spectacular show of autumn colour, with the nation’s forests promising stunning reds, golds and yellows before trees shed their leaves.
Adult and child walking in forest
25 September 2023
We’re all set for a spectacular show of autumn colour, with the nation’s forests promising stunning reds, golds and yellows before trees shed their leaves.