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Notice: We have had a record breaking number of children taking part in our Easter Egg Trail and only have 450 eggs left. These will be sold on a first come, first served basis from 11am on Easter Sunday. When we run out, you can still do the trail and we will be making Easter crafts in the lake area.

Ancient royal hunting forest

Hatfield Forest is the best surviving example in Britain of an almost complete royal hunting forest. It has seen many owners, from kings to commoners. No other forest on earth evokes the atmosphere of a medieval hunting forest so completely.

Hatfield Forest is a managed landscape, which has been created through human intervention. The traditional woodland management techniques of coppicing, pollarding and grazing have been practised here for centuries.

The ecology and landscape of Hatfield Forest have been largely preserved thanks to centuries of traditional woodland and pasture management, and grazing by cattle and deer. It is home to over 3,500 species, some of which are rare and threatened. The hundreds of ancient trees provide the perfect habitat for some of the Forest's rarest insects, lichens and fungi.

The ancient trees of the forest are like magnificent living sculptures, peaceful giants worn and fragile from centuries of seasons and use. Some of our extraordinary ancient trees are 1,200 years old. Just imagine what these trees have lived through and the stories they could tell.

Whether you want somewhere for the children to run off energy or somewhere where you can quietly reflect, you will find your own special place somewhere in Hatfield Forest.

Family-friendly fun

Hatfield Forest is perfect for a bit of hide and seek

Hatfield Forest is perfect for a bit of hide and seek

Having a good time doesn't need to cost the earth. From getting on your bike to chasing through leaves, we've come up with great ways to enjoy the landscape without breaking the bank.

Five free things to do

  • Try our new Hatfield Forest smartphone app. Download it before your visit or borrow a tablet device from our shop
  • Go geocaching - follow GPS coordinates to find hidden treasure
  • Use twigs and sticks to build a secret den in the trees
  • Borrow a tracker pack and explore the Forest - ask at the shop
  • Stretch your legs on a walk - enjoy the many paths through the Forest

Need a sun hat or welly boots?

Dog walking

Well behaved dogs are welcome at Hatfield Forest. Read our doggie do's and dont's to help you and your four legged friend get the most out of your visit.

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