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Latest News (13/06/2017 12:57)

Trail Diversion

The Blue Trail will be closed at post 13 ahead of trail maintenance, please follow the diversion signs.

 

Sherwood Pines Forest Park is a fantastic and inspiring place to experience the outdoors. There is something for everyone all year round, from walking and family cycling to mountain biking, Go Ape and adventure play.

Sherwood Live Music Concert VenueForest Live Concert Weekend Information

Whether you are visiting the forest or coming to the Forest Live concerts find out all the latest information for your visit.  

Olly MursForest Live 2017 - Olly Murs

Due to phenomenal demand for tickets Olly Murs has added an extra date as part of Forest Live. Olly Murs + special guest Louisa Johnson play Sherwood Pines on Friday 23rd June.

ELB_site_150x98_ARTForest Live 2017 - Elbow

Elbow’s rise over the past two decades has seen them become one of the most important bands in contemporary British music. Check them out at Sherwood Pines Forest on Sunday 25th June.

Gruffalo SpottersGruffalo Spotters at Sherwood Pines

Follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit.

Wild RunningWild Running

Want to escape the streets and run somewhere a little more free? Download the route maps, and check out the new Wild Running routes.

Planning your visit

Check out car parking, opening times and more before you set off.

Awesome bike trails

The forest provides a great venue for many activities. The cycling facilities provide something for every one, from family cyclists to experienced off road.

Brilliant events & activities

From fungi walks to willow basket making there is loads to join in with this year in Sherwood Pines.

If you are thinking about holding any kind of organised group event on Forestry Commission Land you need to apply for an event at Sherwood Pines.

Play in the forest

Toddle around the Mushroom Village, climb on the Insect and the Spider or hideout at Robin Hood’s Retreat. There’s something for every age and ability.

Not forgetting of course, the huge natural playground created by the trees and landscape for den building and exploration!

Horse riding

Love to ride your horse in the woods? Well come along to Sherwood Pines and make the most of largest forest open to the public in the East Midlands.

Orienteering

Orienteering is an exciting and challenging outdoor sport that exercises both mind and body.

Sherwood Bushcraft

Bushcraft, traditional woodland skills and team building activities in Sherwood Pines.

Learning in the forest

Sherwood Pines offers fantastic opportunities for learners of all ages and abilities. Follow the link if you are looking for fun activities to do with your children or an organised group looking for a educational visit.

Bike hire

Bike hire, sales and repair. Sherwood Pines Cycles is based at the visitor centre. There is a large selection of adult and childrens bikes for hire with the option of child seats, buggies and tag a-longs.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior

Enjoy two to three hours of adventure high above the forest floor, taking on zip-wires, tarzan swings and a variety of obstacles! Mini-Tarzans can also get in on the action with Go Ape’s Tree Top Junior course.

Go Ape Forest Segway

Get off the beaten track on board an all-terrain forest segway – Go Ape’s epic forest adventure with a down-to-earth twist. It’s a totally unique way to tackle our trails.

Food & drink

The cafe is open throughout the week serving tasty treats to delicious dinners.

Managing the forest

Interested in how we manage Sherwood Pines? Have a look for more details.

Organising an event

If you are planning an event or activity, commercial or non commercial on Forestry Commission land you will need our permission and in many instances a formal permit.

What do other visitors say?

We are coming to see Tom Jones.

What are the toilet facilities like and I know glass bottles are not allowed but can we bring cans in?

Many thanks

Charlotte, 14/Jun/2017

Hi Charlotte, there will be plenty of toilets. The link below details what you can bring. https://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/INFD-6Z4F47

Forestry Commission Response

We wanted to have a picnic BBQ at sherwood pines for our daughters birthday. Just checking we are allowed to bring a gas BBQ. And what area we can set it up?

Hayley, 21/May/2017

We're happy for visitors to have a BBQ, we recommend the outer car parks.

Forestry Commission Response

Are well behaved dogs welcome on the trail?

Amy May, 15/May/2017

Yes well behaved dogs are welcome in Sherwood Pines. Please be aware that you should not walk on the cycle trails. Enjoy!

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Last updated: 14th June 2017

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What's Here?

  • Cafe
  • Mountain biking
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Orienteering
  • Segway
  • Cycling
  • The forest caters for all on a bicycle. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Cycle wash
  • Is located near the cycle shop.
  • Horse riding
  • Horse riding is allowed throughout the wood though there are no designated horse trails.
  • Information
  • The information centre is located near the cafe and toilets. It is manned whenever possible.
  • Litter bin
  • Litter bins are situated around the car park and visitor centre.
  • Parking (easy access)
  • Disabled bays are available.
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Please note the closing time when you arrive as we now operate contract closing in the forest park. A release fee will be chargeable for vehicles left beyond this time.
  • Picnic
  • Picnic benches are situated near the visitor centre and on the Dragonfly Trail.
  • Play area
  • Sherwood Pines caters for all with Mushroom Village near the visitor centre for little ones progressing to Robin Hood's Hideout hidden in the woods.
  • Walking
  • There are two walking trails. Please find more information on the dedicated page.
  • Visitor centre
  • The visitor centre provides info and leaflets for the forest trails and events
  • Toliets
  • Are situated near the information centre.
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: SK612637
Postcode: NG21 9JL

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Contact

Central District Office

0300 067 4340
sherwood.fdo@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
The Forest Park is open from 8am until 10pm over the light summer months and 8am until 6pm during the darker winter months.
Parking
Please note the closing time when you arrive as we now operate contract closing in the forest park. A release fee will be chargeable for vehicles left beyond this time.
Discovery Pass
Discovery Pass is available at this site. Please see the District Office during opening hours Mon-Fri 8-4pm or the Ranger Information Point.

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