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The National Forest is one of the country's boldest environmental projects, transforming 200 square miles in the centre of England.



Timber - international forest festival


Timber Forest Festival

We are delighted to announce our new partnership with award-winning festival producers Wild Rumpus, as we launch the only international forest festival in the UK.

Timber will take place from 6 to 8 July 2018

Read more: Brand new festival 'Timber' launches in the National Forest

News of Timber in The Guardian

Wild Rumpus talk about the partnership at the launch of our Tourism Growth Plan

Woodland Creation

two leaves illustration

The National Forest Company offers a range of unique funding schemes designed to encourage tree planting and the creation of wildlife habitats within the Forest's 200 square miles.

Read more: Creating Woodlands

The NFC is encouraging woodland owners to look after their woods with a new Woodland Management Programme.

Read more: Woodland Management Programme



23 Jan 2018

New National Forest Festival 'Timber' announces first wave of programme

Major new festival exploring the transformative impact of forests has started to reveal its programme of artists, performers and areas festival goers will adventure through for its inaugural edition this July. Highlights include a keynote address from Stuart Maconie, the English festival premiere of Jony Easterbyís new interactive performance Tree and Wood, and the greenfield festival premiere of Luke Jerramís Museum of the Moon.

22 Dec 2017

New Year's Resolutions to help you have your best year ever in the National Forest

Why not make 2018 your year for positive resolutions, and make the most of the National Forest to help you get fitter, more creative and get more out of life.

12 Dec 2017

Visitor numbers top 8 million for the first time

New research reveals that nearly 8.2 million visitors came to the National Forest in 2016, and that tourism spend has now reached £395.2m, sustaining 4,849 FTE jobs.

Find more articles: News



26 Jan 2018

Century Theatre

Coalville, Leicestershire

The unique Century Theatre seats 206 people and plays host to a range of fantastic theatrical performances, hilarious stand-up comedy, live music and up to the minute cinema releases.

28 Jan 2018

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park

Market Bosworth, Warwickshire

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre tells the dramatic story of the Battle of Bosworth on 22nd August 1485, which marked a major turning point in English history.

Find more: Events


17 Jan 2017

Help Shape the Future of Leicestershire's Volcano

Charnwood Forest Regional Park, one of the most iconic parts of The National Forest, is the focus of a new landscape partnership bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

10 Jan 2017

All's well that ends well...

As we all start the year planning our big - and smaller - adventures for 2017, enjoy this blog from a couple of the National Forest Way rangers. Maxine and Chris improvise their way through a field of cows: they know how it should be done, but we read how they actually manage, with hilarious results. Overall, a message about being wary enough but not letting it stop you having a good walk. Happy walking this year, everyone!

Find more: Blog

Where is The National Forest?

map of The National Forest

The National Forest covers 200 square miles of the English Midlands across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire.

Loads to see and do

Loads to see and do

On our Visit and Explore site you can find out about all the different things to see and do within the National Forest whether you are organising a school trip or booking a weekend away.


The National Forest Way

The National Forest Way takes walkers through the length and breadth of this changing landscape.

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Read more: The Growing Forest

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