Visiting Alice Holt Forest, Hampshire

Alice Holt Forest entrance

Finding great places to visit with the kids and the dog is a must for us and we just love being able to jump in the car and explore all that Hampshire has to offer. One of our favourites is Alice Holt Forest so I thought I would share a little bit about it with you…

About Alice Holt Forest

Alice Holt Forest is one of the largest surviving ancient woodlands in the South of England. Managed by Forestry England it offers a wide range of ways for people to enjoy the great outdoors here in Hampshire and the surrounding areas. From the Gruffalo trail to Go Ape, woodland walks and den building, play areas plus a cafe, plenty of areas for your dog to enjoy, accessible paths for wheelchairs and pushchairs, nature trails and cycle trails there is something for all.

What We Enjoy at Alice Holt

We particularly love diving straight in and doing the kid’s trails, discovering the play areas in the forest and then wandering up for a hot drink and snack or a picnic next to the duck pond. I love that it feels safe to allow your children to run about and that there is always something to grab their attention. It makes the perfect place to visit for a whole day out.

Dad helping two kids across a log in the forest
me and Jake sat on a log in Alice Holt Forest
Jake hugging the snake from the Gruffalo

Each time we visit is a completely different experience simply because there is so much to do. The kids do love the play area but some days it is just nice to go off the beaten track and explore the woods and take in the wildlife – we have seen a deer or 2 over the years. It’s also a great place for taking their bikes as the paths are wide and easy for the kids to manoeuvre on. Because the area of land is so big you rarely get problems with accessing the den building or the play areas within the woods (it gets pretty busy at the main one!) so everybody can just get stuck right in and have plenty of fun.

As mentioned above, Alice Holt is also a Go Ape location which can be booked in advance and enjoyed by both adults and children. Another location for this activity is in Dorset at Moors Valley Country Park so if you are close to that area do check out this park too.

If year-round outdoor play and exploring is up your street then you will love Alice Holt as much as we do.

Alice Holt Forest Information

Location – Bucks Horn Oak GU10 4LS

Car Park – Yes. Pay on departure

Car Park Opening Hours – Vary depending on the time of year:

May to September8am – 9pm
October8am – 7pm
November8am – 6pm
December to February8am – 5pm
March8am – 6pm
April8am – 7pm

Footpaths – Yes

Dogs – Yes

Accessible Toilets and changing places – Yes

Things to do – play areas, trails, cycling, running, exercise, bird watching, den building, Go Ape, picnic areas, cafe, dog walking.

my signature

If you enjoyed this post you can follow more of our life, opinions and antics over on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. Plus feel free to come and join in with my parenting group ‘From One Parent to Another’ on Facebook.

If you’d like to contact me you can either leave me a comment or drop me a line via my contact me page.

For other topics similar to this one check out these suggestions below…

Related Posts:
The Isle of Wight in a Day? Here’s What You Can Get Up To
collage of our day at isle of wight

Visiting the Isle of Wight for the day may seem like an unachievable trip but, if like me, you live Read more

What It’s Like At Hogmoor Inclosure, Bordon
Hormoor Inclosure in Hampshire

As a family, we absolutely love being out and about and finding great places to visit in and around Hampshire. Read more

Visiting Moors Valley Country Park
Moors Valley Country Park

As a family, we love being outdoors and discovering new places. We first visited Moors Valley Country Park a few Read more

9 Tips For Getting Outdoor Gear On A Budget
toddler walking along a large fallen tree in the woods

We are an outdoorsy family, always have been. We have always had a dog, we love long walks, we love Read more

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *