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Essex, Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire

Hatfield Forest

Ancient royal hunting forest

Bush End Road, Takeley, Bishop's Stortford, Essex, CM22 6NE

Springtime in Hatfield Forest, Essex

Planning your visit

a shot from Illyria's outdoor theatre production of Pride and Prejudice, showing the Bennet sisters reading a letter

Outdoor Theatre at Hatfield Forest 

Why not get join us for one of our special outdoor theatre events this summer. We are hosting a production of Hamlet, by the Lord Chamberlain's Men, celebrating their 20th year; and, for younger audiences, The Adventures of Doctor Dolittle, by Ilyria and The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, by Quantum Theatre.

Sun burst through trees towards lake at Hatfield Forest, with picnic tables in the foreground

Get Closer to Nature 

Why not get closer to nature this summer and join us at one of our special outdoor experiences? We are again offering Breathwork in the Forest, Sunrise Yoga and Forest Bathing sessions at various dates. These need to be pre-booked.

Dog walking on the Holnicote Estate, Somerset

Visiting Hatfield Forest with your dog 

Hatfield Forest is a two pawprint rated place. It's a perfect place for walking your dog, with 1,000 acres of woodland and open grassland to explore, trees to sniff and grass to roll around in. Professional dog walkers will need a National Trust license to walk a maximum of 4 dogs, up to three times a day.

Visitors at Hatfield Forest, Essex

Groups and Learning at Hatfield Forest 

We are delighted that you can now book facilitated school visit with our delivery partners, the Wilderness Foundation, so head to their website to find out more. If you'd like to book a self-led visit, please email

A young child and her mother bending down to look at flowers in the Sunken Garden in May at Castle Ward, County Down, Northern Ireland


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