Events at Heartwood Forest

There are events throughout the year at Heartwood Forest – find out more below and check back for updates regularly to make sure you don't miss out on anything. Some events need to be booked in advance, so make sure to read the booking information for any events that you would like to attend.

Lady photographing woodland

Heartwood through the lens, Tuesday 26 June 10.30am–12.30pm

Explore Heartwood through a lens; join this walk around the Forest and take the opportunity to photograph the wild flower meadows and developing woodland under the guidance of two experienced Heartwood photographers.

Places limited to six people and advance booking essential.

If raining on the 26th June, the walk will be cancelled and the alternative date of 27th June offered.

To book please visit our events page.

Cost is £5 per person.

Butterfly walk, Sunday 30 June 11am–1pm

Take a summer walk through the woodland and learn how to spot some of our native species of butterfly that live here along the way.

Places limited to 20, and advance booking essential. To book please visit our events page.

Cost £5 per person.

Close up of butterflies in grass
Man showing two small children how to paint

Summer Festival, Saturday 7 July 11am–4pm

Come along to our annual summer festival and join in the fun with activities, crafts and stalls for all ages. This year we’re celebrating our 10th birthday!

Tickets in advance, £4/person, under 12s free.

On-the-day tickets, £6/person, under 12s free.

Advance booking recommended.

To book please visit our events page.

Read more about the Summer Festival

Heartwood Nature Detectives, Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 August, timed tickets

Calling all budding Nature Detectives! Join us for an adventure at our first ever Nature Detectives LIVE event. Explore, imagine, play and discover with hands-on activities, puzzle-solving games and lots more fun to be had!

Advance booking essential. To book please visit our events page.

Ticket times are:

Small girl with magnifying glass looking at stag beetle
Aerial photograph of Heartwood Forest

Arboretum walk, Saturday 1 September 2-4pm

Join us for an introduction to England's newest and largest arboretum of native trees and shrubs. You will see 60 different species and learn the fascinating history of how they have been used over the centuries. They are still small saplings, but you will be able to watch them grow in coming years.

Park in the Nomansland Common Car Park, Ferrers Lane, between the villages of Sandridge and Wheathampstead; meet your leader there at 2pm to start the walk.

Places limited to 20 people, so advance booking essential. To book please visit our events page.

Cost £5 per person.