If you go down to the woods today…

5 great family days out in the forest

It’s International Day of Forests on 21 March, which celebrates the importance of all types of woodland. There’s plenty going on in the UK’s forests – here are some activities and events to check out….


Tree Top Adventure

Fly through the air while enjoying spectacular woodland views at one of 14 forests across the UK. Over 10s can enjoy the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure, which involves flying down zip slides off Tarzan swings, or younger thrill-seekers can have a go at Go Ape Tree Top Junior on a fun course designed just for them. Visitors to Grizedale Forest in the Lake District can also experience their fantastic Zip Trekking Adventure, which is a network of seven tandem zip lines that traverse the sky-scraping Douglas Firs. Book your adventure at goape.co.uk.

Superworm trails

Popular children’s book Superworm, written by Julia Donaldson, is being brought to life at 20 forests across the country from 13 March until the end of October. Families can enjoy Superworm activity trails at one of the selected sites, which will include up to 10 activity-packed stops and take around one hour to complete. Special packs with additional things to do will also be available to purchase onsite. Visit forestry.gov.uk/superworm for more information.


See the night sky like never before at one of the Forestry Commission’s Stargazing events. Attend one of over 100 annual events at The Kielder Observatory (kielderobservatory.org) at Kielder Forest, Northumberland, which attract beginners and serious stargazers alike, or scour the sites at dark sky areas Dalby Forest, Alice Holt Forest and Sherwood Pines. Visit forestry.gov.uk/england-darkskies for information on the best stargazing locations and top tips for planning your visit.

Live shows

Enjoy a live show in the great outdoors at one of England’s best forests. Shakespeare fans can book now for the Chapterhouse Theatre Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Alice Holt Forest, Surrey, which takes place on 19 June, while families can enjoy a musical adaptation of Robin Hood at Alice Holt on 28 August. The Forestry Commission will also be bringing back the popular Forest Live – a series of unique concerts this summer at seven fantastic forest locations. forestry.gov.uk

Easter events

Head down to the woods this Easter for an egg-citing day out! Little ones can take part in an Easter Egg Hunt from 28 March-12 April at Grizedale Forest, Cumbria, while visitors to Westonbirt, Gloucestershire, can take part in an Eater Challenge on 30 March. Hamsterley Forest in Durham will also be hosting an Easter egg-stravaganza on 6 April, featuring an afternoon of trails and games in the forest and a ‘Best Decorated Egg’ competition.

Visit forestry.gov.uk for more information on your local forests and details of events and things to do.

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