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Explore Jeskyns
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.3/5)

Discover brand new woodlands, ponds, orchards and wildflower meadows at Jeskyns Community Woodland.  Come and watch it grow!  

Pop-Up Sales Opportunities!

Learning woodturning at a Woodworking event We are looking to offer selected crafts people and artists pop up selling space outside our popular café.

We would offer you the first pitch free so that you can try it out and then after that the fee would be £25 per day. You would need to provide your own gazebo and hold public liability insurance.

 If this is something you would be interested in then send us an email 

 

Highway Rat Activity Trail

Children running through autumn leaves in Dalkeith Country Park near Edinburgh.The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life at Jeskyns. Head on a journey with the Highway Rat and all the characters from the story. Activity packs  avaliable from the cafe for just £3.

 

Responsible dog owners welcomed!

Jeskyns Dog Club mascot 1

 Jeskyns is a great place to have fun with your pooch.

Take a look at this page for everything dog related!

 

 

Forest School Activities

Summer school forest activity event. Forest School provides a rich and stimulating natural environment enabling children to become independent, confident and creative learners.
Booking essential and children must be accompanied by a responsible adult on all sessions.

Contact Anne Marie for booking and further info.

www.facebook.com/amassistforestschool
Tel: 07903 398022
Email: am@amassist.uk 

 

 

 

What do other visitors say?

2 Stars 2 Stars

Lovely park and is highly recommended for recreation.

Visited after a long time this summer and was shocked to find an expensive hourly parking fee. As admitted in a previous post, this is just a revenue generating decision. No one can exploit that carpark for any other purpose than just to visit the park. Its not as though people parked up for free went on a train or to the shops. If people buy the Discovery pass as suggested, it will not fill the coffers and will have to find another fee. What a poor decision as its not a sustainable way to generate money. However fewer visitors mean less maintenance. I hope you find a better way an not turn it into a white elephant.

Anonymous, 30/Jul/2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. The car park charge increases are in response to reductions in central government funding and have been necessary to make up the shortfall. We believe our charges are in line with those charged by similar country parks in the area and of course the annual Discovery Pass at £36 a year (under £1 a week) presents excellent value for our most regular visitors. We also bring in revenue from rental charges to a business tenant in the café and with this income and that raised from the car park charges we are now almost wholly financially self-sufficient which means our future is now secure. We hope that visitors understand the need for the charges to ensure that we can keep managing and maintaining Jeskyns.

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2 Stars 2 Stars

The car park charge was 1.50 for a day ticket. Now charging per hour and it can cost you double, far more if you get a ticket. Beware the car park police if you overstay your welcome. Parks are meant to encourage family activity. Has someone lost the plot? This is as mad as the cafe closing at 3:30pm during the week at the height of summer. Has someone lost the plot here or is the a national strategy to raise money. Indeed what is your thinking behind this. This is an excellent facility being destroyed by poor decisions. I will definitely use this facility less for fear of overstaying my welcome.

Peter Scutts, 1/Jul/2018

Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback. The car park charges were increased for the first time in 3years on the 1st April. These increases are in response to reductions in central government funding and have been necessary to make up this shortfall. We believe our charges are in line with those charged by similar country parks in the area and of course the annual Discovery Pass at £36 a year (under £1 a week) presents excellent value for our most regular visitors. We hope that visitors understand the need for the charges to ensure that we can keep managing and maintaining Jeskyns and secure it's future. We will ensure your comments regarding the café closing times are passed on to Churchill Catering (who manage the café business) and ask them to look at this issue. Thank you again.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

Very good walks for the dogs and kids, was there a duck pond there?

Anonymous, 12/Apr/2018

Thanks for your review - glad you enjoyed your visit. We have Henhurst Lake on site (head past café - bottom of hill) on which some ducks occasionally visit.

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Last updated: 28th July 2018

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What's Here?

  • Picnic
  • Viewpoint
  • Cafe
  • Cafe open daily 9:30am - 3:30pm
  • Cycling
  • Cycles welcome to use all paths - but please give way to pedestrians.
  • Horse riding
  • Dedicated grass horse trail.
  • Orienteering
  • Permanent orienteering course. Maps available from www.dfok.co.uk
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Up to 1 hr: £1.20
    1-2hrs: £2
    2hrs+: £3
    or £36 Discovery Pass (annual). Please note: 2m height restriction at entrance.
  • Play area
  • Range of natural play features.
  • Walking
  • Range of easy access, hard surfaced trails.
  • Toliets
  • Toilets open during cafe opening hours (9:30am - 3:30pm daily).
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: TQ660699
Postcode: DA12 3AN

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Contact

Jeskyns Ranger

01474 825118
jeskynsranger@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
7am to dusk. Closing time varies seasonally.
Parking
Up to 1 hr: £1.20
1-2hrs: £2
2hrs+: £3
or £36 Discovery Pass (annual). Please note: 2m height restriction at entrance.
Discovery Pass
£36
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