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Bedgebury Forest

(Kent)

Near Tunbridge Wells

The Forest with it All in Kent

Bedgebury Forest is the wild outdoor adventure in South East England.

With a new lakeside visitor centre as the hub, Bedgebury offers excellent bike trails, our great tree top adventure and the best children’s adventure play trail any little monkey will ever come across. And the beautiful National Pinetum is just a stone’s throw away, making Bedgebury a fantastic day out near Tunbridge Wells.

The Go Ape Tree Top Adventure involves fun and adventure across five sites. Each site features award winning high ropes, awesome crossings, tunnels, bridges and epic wind-in-your-face zip wires.

If you’re looking for outdoor activities for children, then Go Ape’s got the answer with Tree Top Junior. Fun filled days out of canopy exploring, trail blazing and obstacles for all to enjoy. You’ll negotiate crossings and finish on a high (literally) with an awesome zip wire.

Make your way to the Go Ape cabin and be ready to get going on your Go Ape adventure just before your booked time.We’re at the Bedgebury Pinetum Forestry Commission site. Please do not use the postcode in your sat- nav. It will take you the wrong way! Just follow the signs… Please don’t be late!

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Get out and about this season

For full availability simply click on our 'Check Availability & book Now' function for the exact times and dates Bedgebury will be open.

Times will vary on daylight hours. Some of our adventures even open at 08:00 in the summer for those early gorillas!

Below is a snapshot of when our forest doors open.

Open February Half Term (14th February – 22nd February)

Weekends in March.

Open Daily Easter, Half Term and Summer Holidays.

Term Time (closed Wednesday/Thursday).

Open Daily October Half Term (24th October - 1st November).

Open November Weekends.

Course stats

Here are our Tree Top Adventure stats for Go Ape Bedgebury Forest.

  • Number of sections 5
  • Longest Zip Wire 170 metres
  • Longest Crossing 20 metres
  • Total Length 812 metres
  • Number of Crossings 36
  • Highest Point 13 metres

Bedgebury

The Team at Bedgebury

The Address

Go Ape Bedgebury
Bedgebury Road
Goudhurst
Cranbrook, Kent
TN17 2SJ

We're at the Bedgebury Pinetum Forestry Commission site. Please do not use the postcode in your sat- nav. It will take you the wrong way! Just follow the signs...

You can select longitude/Latitude for accurate Sat-Nav directions: Type in our co-ordinates: 51.07041893835042, 0.44254302978515625.

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By car

Bedgebury Forest is signposted off the A21 on the B2079 (Lady Oak Lane), approximately 12 miles southeast of Tunbridge Wells and 16 miles northwest of Hastings.

We're at the Bedgebury Pinetum Forestry Commission site. Please do not use the postcode in your sat- nav. It will take you the wrong way! Just follow the signs...

 Go Ape is tucked away up a hill - keep your eyes peeled for signs.

Please note that you'll need to pay an admission fee per car at Bedgebury Forest 

The car admission fee at Bedgebury will be £12 per car during peak times (weekends and Bank Holidays ). The off-peak admission fee which will remain at £10(Monday to Friday, including School holidays). We advise you to car share and plan your visit to make the most of your day.

£20 per car & trailer

£30 per minibus

£50 per coach

The admission fee includes parking, but also access to bike trails, award winning adventure play trails, mountain bike routes, all-ability scenic walking routes through the Pinetum and forest.

By train

Etchingham (on the Hastings line from Charing Cross or London Bridge) is the closest station to Bedgebury. It is about a 45 minute cycle ride up the A21 (there is a footpath along the edge of the northbound carriageway).

By bus

The nearest bus stop is Flimwell Corner Farm (near the Flimwell crossroad).

Local Area

Some nearby places which may be of interest:

Please note that you'll need to pay an admission fee per car at Bedgebury Forest 

The car admission fee at Bedgebury will be £12 per car during peak times (weekends and Bank Holidays). The off-peak admission fee which will remain at £10(Monday to Friday, including School holidays). We advise you to car share and plan your visit to make the most of your day.

£20 per car & trailer

£30 per minibus

£50 per coach

This admission fee includes parking, but also access to bike trails, award winning adventure play trails, mountain bike routes, all-ability scenic walking routes through the Pinetum and forest.

A message from the Forestry Commission at Bedgebury Forest regarding Busy days at Bedgebury

As the weather is warming up we are becoming increasingly popular and therefore busy at weekends and in the holidays. As we have limited capacity within our car parks, for safety reasons, we occasionally have to make the decision to close the car park for short spells at peak times until we have sufficient space to allow more visitors in. This is regrettable, and only done as a last resort as we do not wish you to have a bad experience when you visit us. As well as providing staff to manage this sometimes difficult and frustrating situation, we are also putting up signs which should be visible on your visit if the car park is full, and posting updates on social media.

If you are in any doubt, you can always call us before setting off. The Visitor Centre Information Office can be reached from 9.30am on 01580 879820. We will be able to tell you whether our overflow car park is in operation (sometimes due to wet weather, we are unable to use this) or whether there are any other events taking place on site that might restrict admission.

To make your visit more enjoyable, you might like to try coming to Bedgebury earlier or later in the day, or on a quieter day of the week to avoid our really busy times. You’ll find it easier to get in and you’ll also find that the Pinetum and forest are equally as charming at quieter times, with all the space and freedom to enjoy all the things you love about Bedgebury.

Why not explore the forest and enjoy another outdoor adventure on a bike, or get your walking boots on. Whether you're on two wheels or two feet, this is a beautiful neck of the woods.

There's also Bedgebury Park Equestrian Centre if you fancy an equine experience.

For a bit more adventure in the area please check out Arena Pursuits.

Bedgebury Forest is cared for by the Forestry Commission.

From trails to sustainable timber, and concerts to conservation projects, the Forestry Commission looks after forests and woodlands, for everyone to enjoy. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk to find out more.

Staying Over

Need a place to crash?
Our friends below (excuse the pun) come highly recommended from the tree-tops...

Campsites and holiday parks near Cranbrook

Bedgebury Camping is an eco friendly, family run campsite less than 2 miles away from Go Ape in Bedgebury Pinetum.  Dogs and camp fires allowed, with bushcraft courses available onsite. Open every weekend during July and August. Please check website for the full details and booking.

The Bell in Ticehurst

Glottenham Castle - A rambling, sympathetically managed and very friendly working farm with ancient woodland, streams, wildflower meadows - and historic Sussex all around.

The George Hotel - one of Kent's most popular hotels is just a stones throw away from us.

The Bull Inn

Mulberry Cottages

Green Circle Hideaways

The Original Hut Company - Quirky little huts to stay in near Bedgebury.

Feedback from Bedgebury Forest

Take a look at what some of our tribe have said about their time in the forest. It’s always good to hear it straight from the Gorilla’s mouth (…and we’re proud to say it’s totally unedited!) And why not have a peek at what people are saying about us on Trip Advisor.

Rated 5 Bananas Zoe - Tree Top Junior, on 31 May 2016
One of our children was very nervous and your staff handled this really well. Our son came away having conquered his fears and had loads of fun. I was also very impressed with the safety checks, not just at the beginning but throughout the experience.
Rated 5 Bananas Stuart - Tree Top Adventure, on 31 May 2016
As always the staff are excellent and made the initaI safety briefing and trial sections as much a part of the experience as the main event itself.The free water at various intervals is definitely a great idea and much appreciated by my party as we were lucky to be there on a hot sunny day.Only slight negative is that it can be quite an expensive day out for a family...I would take my kids a lot more if it was a bit cheaper or if there was a discount for quieter periods or regular customers.
Rated 5 Bananas Stuart - Tree Top Adventure, on 31 May 2016
As always the staff are excellent and made the initaI safety briefing and trial sections as much a part of the experience as the main event itself.The free water at various intervals is definitely a great idea and much appreciated by my party as we were lucky to be there on a hot sunny day.Only slight negative is that it can be quite an expensive day out for a family...I would take my kids a lot more if it was a bit cheaper or if there was a discount for quieter periods or regular customers.
Rated 5 Bananas Darren - Tree Top Adventure, on 31 May 2016
Amazing day out for my 3 daughters. Becky was amazing at getting my youngest nerves under control. A great day out and highly recommend
Rated 5 Bananas Graham - Tree Top Junior, on 31 May 2016
Our daughter was very nervous. The help the instructors gave her and their patience was just brilliant. Thank you!
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