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Fantastic forest days out with the kids

Our forests and woodlands are open all year round. Come rain or shine you can have a great day out with the family.

Our larger forests have adventure play areas, natural play, safe off-road family cycling and lots of space to create dens, not to mention homemade cakes for after the adventure.

Highway Rat Activity Trails 

Join the Highway Rat on his forest adventure. Complete fun activities and spot characters from the story! Find your nearest trail.

Family walking a trail at WhinlatterGo for a family walk 

Bored of the buggy? Unleash the little ones on one of our easy access trails, specifically surfaced to help them tackle the forest.

Safe off road cyclingSafe off-road cycling

Many of our sites have cycling trails designed for families, so the kids can have fun exploring the forest from their saddle.

Go Ape Tree Top Junior CourseGo Ape Tree Top Junior

Canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for junior explorers! Find courses at Alice Holt, Cannock, Bedgebury, Moors Valley, Thetford, Delamere, Forest of Dean and Wyre Forest.

Gruffalo Birthday Party PicnicGiant Gruffalo sculptures

Come and visit one of our 15 giant wooden Gruffalo sculptures, hidden in select forests across England. Each Gruffalo has been carved in a different pose! Can you visit them all?

More free activities for you to try

Make a Stick Superhero!

Use our activity sheet to create a superhero to join The League of Super Sticks. You’ll find capes, masks, boots and more! Or get creative and use your own materials.

Build a forest den

Gather up twigs, sticks, moss, leaves and cones to make a shelter or home for your favourite woodland animal. What animal did you choose? Is your shelter watertight and predator safe?

Seasonal Gruffalo-themed activity sheets

Have a go at one of our seasonal Gruffalo-themed activities, from searching for leaves with mouse to winter ice-art with snake.

Download our family fun leaflet

With fun forest facts and free activities, the whole family will have fun learning about our family of trees with Woody and Silvia, our Forestry Commission rangers.

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Gruffalo image © 2004 & TM Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler. Licensed by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Last updated: 6th January 2018

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England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.