Bedgebury National Pinetum Review, Goudhurst

October 2020

Bedgebury Pinetum is the perfect venue for a beautiful sunny day – it’s a lovely place to be outdoors and get back to nature. (Throwback photos from when we visited a few years ago – it’s definitely time for another visit!)

What’s there for the kids to do?

The enormous 320 acre site is home to lots of rare species of trees – it’s a stunning place to visit. There are plenty of things for the kids to do, including: cycling, horse riding, Go Ape (tree-top adventure), geocaching / orienteering and treasure hunts. As well as this, there are some brilliant play areas dotted around to keep the kids occupied for hours without the extra cost of the paid activities.

My two really enjoy the play parks here, and it’s good fun to follow the trail to see which play area you will come across next. Additional activities mentioned may be costly / need to be pre-booked, so make sure you look into this before you visit. Trails and activity sheets to accompany your visit can be downloaded and printed from their website.

There are plenty of wooded areas geared up for exploring and den building – my two spent hours dragging logs around!

 

What facilities are there?

Peak parking (weekends / school holidays / bank holidays) is £14, which seems like a lot, but there aren’t any other costs involved – this is your parking and entry price. So, if you bring a picnic, it’s a great family day out for just the cost of parking. There are plenty of toilets and there’s a restaurant too if you fancy a day off from preparing food.

 

Events

Bedgebury is famous for its Christmas lights event – which I have to admit looks so festive and magical! They use over a million lights and play seasonal sounds as you explore the site.

It’s really popular and books up quickly, even for the dates as early as November, so I imagine it must be a good evening out. However, I can’t comment on whether it’s good value for money – we’ve never been as it’s £72 for a family of four and, whilst it looks lovely, it’s just more money than we’d be willing to spend.

 

Useful information for your visit…

Website: https://bedgeburypinetum.org.uk/

Cost:  Price per car: £14 (peak) / £10 (off peak) / Any day early bird 8am – 11am: £3.50
(exit by 11am)

Opening Times:  Year round, except Christmas Day

Pets:  Dogs welcome on a lead

Parking:  Yes, see cost – no additional spending required

Facilities:  Restaurant, snacks, parking, toilets, picnic areas

Address:  Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest, Park Lane, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SJ, England

For up-to-date opening times and prices, please check their website.

 

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