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We’re creating a new forest for the nation and we can’t wait for you to see it. Spread over three counties, The National Forest is a wonderfully varied landscape that is greening the heart of the country. You’ll find plenty of things to see and do and places to stay for a short break in and around our 200 square mile Forest. Whether you’re looking for bushcraft experiences, family fun days out or woodland walking and cycling trails, The National Forest has so much to offer.

Latest from the Forestlife Blog

Discover The National Forest by electric bike

30 Jan

A new e-bike holiday company has opened in the National Forest enabling visitors to enjoy ‘gentle adventures’ exploring the wonderfully varied landscapes of the Forest.…

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Dimminsdale Nature Reserve Snowdrops © National Forest Company/Jacqui Rock

Forest snowdrops herald the arrival of spring

26 Jan

You know you’ve nearly made it to the end of winter when the delicate and dancing heads of the Forest’s first snowdrops begin to appear.…

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Timber first wave programming

23 Jan

Timber festival has started to reveal its programme of artists, performers and areas for festivalgoers to adventure through for its inaugural edition this July. Timber…

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Make 2018 your year for positive resolutions

22 Dec

It’s not too late to make 2018 your year for positive resolutions, and make the most of The National Forest to help you get fitter,…

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Feel the gold rush this autumn

8 Sep

Autumn, is our favourite time of year in The National Forest. The time when low suns, long shadows, bright colours and crisp fresh air make…

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Calke Explore

Make summer last a lifetime in the Forest

1 Jul

Summer is the perfect time to visit The National Forest, when the days are long and #forestlife offers a wide range of fun, games and…

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Pick your own Forest food & drink experience

23 Jun

The warmer summer weather means more chances to eat outside in The National Forest. Here are our picks of the best places to eat al…

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Team Busby from Go Ultra

How Ultra are you?

24 Apr

Two hard core running events, the Go Ultra Events Insomnia 24 and National Forest Way 75, will return to The National Forest this summer and…

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Kids feeding sheep

Spring moments in The National Forest

30 Mar

Watch The National Forest burst into new leaf this spring. Welcome new arrivals, explore dazzling bluebell displays and discover an assortment of outdoor activities for…

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