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Gosford Forest Park

LEAVE THE ROAD, TAKE THE TRAIL

 

Start your adventure and have a great day out any time of year! With some 240 acres of diverse woodland and open parkland set in gentle rolling drumlin countryside, Gosford Forest Park is an adventure paradise for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. With so diverse an environment this fabulous natural playground is perfect for gentle walks, challenging trails and treks, cycling as well as wildlife spotting and adventure sports.

The park highlights include a magnificent herd of red deer and seeing them up close, even if it isn’t your first time, will still catch your breath! The excitement continues with the park’s new 3km woodland outdoor play area featuring five unique superstructures, an adventure for all your little giants!

Enjoy the 16km of multi-use trails for walking, running, cycling and horse-riding. ‘All Out Trekking’ provides an inclusive opportunity for people of all abilities (age 12+) to access the forest’s walking and mountain biking trails using an off road, battery powered vehicle.

Although not open to the public, the mock Norman Gosford Castle, one of the largest in Ireland, is an impressive sight. It was built by the Second Earl of Gosford in the early 1800s and featured in HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’.

If you have queries about visiting Gosford Forest Park, then please do not hesitate to contact us by one of the methods below:

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May – September – 8.00am – 9.00pm
October – November – 8.00am – 7.00pm
November – December – 8.00am – 6.00pm

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Gosford Forest Park is situated just over 7 miles from Armagh City and directions can be found at:

https://www.google.com/maps/@54.3078268,-6.5261671,14z

Activities & Adventure

Little Explorers

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Little Explorers is suitable for up to 5 years old and is an open grassy area, enclosed with a willow hedge.

Woodpeckers Nest

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Climb the challenging Woodpeckers Nests, moving from one to the other

Castle Tower

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Take an aerial ride from the Castle Tower on two zip lines which give great views of the Castle itself.

Woodpeckers Eggs

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Watch out for the eggs at Woodpeckers Nests and get climbing!

Squirrels Drey

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At the Squirrels Drey move from tree to tree using ropes, swings and ladders, suitable for age 7+.

Fearsome Giant

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Face the fearsome giant who stands over 6ft tall. Climb up his fingers and slide off his back.

TREK TO THE HEART OF THE FOREST

All Out Trekking is now OPEN for taking bookings.

To find out more about All Out Trekking and to book please email  or call 028 9046 9925.

This is an exciting new initiative in Gosford Forest Park offering people of all abilities access to the forest for either a relaxed experience using the Terrain Hopper to take in the scenery on the walking trails or using the Quadrix for a more adrenaline pumping experience on the mountain bike trails.

GO WILD!

Situated in the heart of the forest, some 240 hectares of diverse woodland and open parkland, the caravan and camping park offers a place to relax, socialise and enjoy Mother Nature. Open 365 days a year, this family friendly site has something for everyone, children’s play park, walking, pony and mountain bike trails, a pump track, or simply enjoy the wildlife or learn about the history of Gosford Castle and its historical features.

Site A

The Forest now has 1 caravan site:

Site A – is the main park with 40 hard standing pitches with electricity hook-ups and access to the amenity block.

Camp Sites

  • The Maple Campsite

The main campsite accommodates 11 pitches. They are not marked out so please be mindful when pitching your tent and parking your car. Close to the amenity block and function hall, the site is ideal if you are hosting or taking part in an event.

  • The Oaks Campsite

The youth site is located a short distance from the main campsite and overlooks the main event field. This area is available for youth organisation whose leaders have been AccessNI checked www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/accessni-criminal-record-checks. To book this location please contact the Forest Office. You may wish to consider hiring in a portaloo for the duration of your stay.

  • The View Campsite

The View offers 15 pitches and is a spacious area with a great view of open fields and wild deer. The pitches are not marked out so please be mindful when pitching your tent. The View is close to the amenity block and function hall and has separate parking in the overflow car park directly across from the site.

Facilities

  • Online Booking
  • Open all year round
  • Car Parking facilities
  • Electricity Supply to pitch (Site A)
  • No awning charge
  • Disability Access
  • Credit/Debit Card
  • Pets Accepted (on a leash)
  • Chemical disposal unit
  • Toilets and showers onsite
  • Free access to the Forest
  • Full use of the multi-purpose trails and children’s play area

Caravanning

Caravan

Caravan + Electricity (Site A Peak) – £20.50

Caravan + Electricity (Site A Off Peak) – £15.50

Caravan and Camping Club

Caravan + Electricity (Site A Peak) – £18.45

Caravan + Electricity (Site A Off Peak) – £13.95

Camping

Individual

The Maple – £7.70

The View – £7.70

The Oaks – £4.10

Tent x2/Family

The Maple – £12.50

The View – £12.50

Tent x4/family

The Maple – £16.50

The View – £16.50

Additonal Adult

The Maple – £6.70

The View – £6.70

THE FOREST IS CALLING

Discover the wider forest by following the green or blue graded family mountain bike trails, including optional technical sections, a skills loop and a pump track

GET CLOSE TO MAJESTIC

Visit the Deer Park to get up close to Gosford’s resident Red Deer herd!

Originally a species of tree margins, they can adapt to life in a wide range of habitats. These can vary from exposed treeless hills and glens to sheltered broadleaved woodland to fields. They are browsers and grazers feeding on leaves, twigs, grasses and heather depending on the area in which they live in. Native to British Isles and the largest wild animal in Ireland. Descendants of the old pure strain of Irish Red Deer still exist in Co.Kerry.

As there are now no natural predators on deer, their numbers need to be controlled by man in order to prevent serious damage to agricultural and forestry crops. Since the late 1960’s the Forest Service has implemented a professional and humane deer management policy. The objectives are to achieve efficient crop protection while always considering the welfare of the deer. Other management considerations such as sport stalking and venison production are secondary.

VIEWS TO INSPIRE

Choose from four unique trails exploring the Arboretum, Deer Park, Castle and woodland over a range of distance and terrain. Follow Gosford’s 5km waymarked running loop around the woodland

PUMP UP THE VOLUME!

Whether a beginner or an experienced rider, the pump track is a fun way to improve your riding skills.

AN ELEVATED VIEW!

Saddle up to enjoy a 6km route around the forest boundary starting at the Horse Trail Car Park beside the Forest Office

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UNPLUGGED, ALWAYS TAKE THE SCENIC ROUTE

Enjoy the Outdoors Responsibly

Responsible Biking

All mountain bikers should be responsible towards other users of the forest and surrounds. Below are some ways in which you can be a responsible mountain biker.

Leave No Trace

The Leave No Trace programme is designed to help outdoor enthusiasts value the natural environment and to understand the impact of our activities.

The Green Dog Walkers Pledge

The Green Dog Walkers Pledge is a friendly way to tackle dog fouling issues in the Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council area.

BBQ & Picnic Facilities - Grill & Chill!

Adjacent to the play park, pitch up at one of our beautiful barbecue and picnic areas as part of a fun day out in the park. From small family gatherings to larger groups, our designated areas cater for all needs.

With picnic tables and a selection of barbecue hearths, stands and spots for disposable barbecues, just bring along good food and company!

The Glaze & Roll Catering Company operate a coffee kiosk in Gosford Forest Park and specialise in artisan street food, using the finest of local ingredients so you can really treat the family on your day out.

Event Fields

The Forest offers two unique spaces for hire.

  • Event Field

The field covers an area of approximately 22.6 hectors of open grassland, divided into several smaller fenced off areas. The fields are an ideal location for larger scale events including music festivals, International scout or guide camps, jamboree’s and much more. We are delighted to host the annual Armagh County Agricultural Show and its 20,000 visitors.

  • ‘L’ shaped field 

This field is an ideal location for small events including charity runs, community festivals and outdoor activities. This field is located adjacent to the function hall and education room providing both indoor and outdoor spaces so whatever the weather you will be able to run your event.

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Events / Room Hire

How to make a Booking

Events/Room Hire

Bank Holidays will be charged at double the normal rate.

Additional staff will be charged at £15.00ph.

One off large scale events £800.00

Commercial

Full Forest & Event Field – £600.00

Half Forest & Event Field – £300.00

‘L’ Shaped field per event – £65.00

Function Hall (per hour) – £20.00

Education Room (per hour) – £12.00

Boot Camp (April – Sept) – £230.00

Boot Camp (Oct – March) – £170.00

Wedding Photo – £30.00

Non-Commercial

Full Forest & Event Field – £300.00

Half Forest & Event Field – £150.00

‘L’ Shaped field per event – £65.00

Function Hall (per hour) – £20.00

Education Room (per hour) – £12.00

Event Fields

The Forest offers two unique spaces for hire.

  • Event Field

The field covers an area of approximately 22.6 hectors of open grassland, divided into several smaller fenced off areas. The fields are an ideal location for larger scale events including music festivals, International scout or guide camps, jamboree’s and much more. We are delighted to host the annual Armagh County Agricultural Show and its 20,000 visitors.

  • ‘L’ shaped field 

This field is an ideal location for small events including charity runs, community festivals and outdoor activities. This field is located adjacent to the function hall and education room providing both indoor and outdoor spaces so whatever the weather you will be able to run your event.

Rooms for hire

  •  The Function Hall

Situated in the heart of the forest, this large hall caters for large and small groups. It is an ideal location for event briefings, lunch breaks or a base to run team building sessions. Facilities include a small kitchen with a hot water boiler, tables and chairs. The hall opens out onto the ‘L’ shaped field where events and games can be played.

  • The Education room

The Education room is a small room in the same location. The room is a perfect space for educational sessions, training courses and informal meetings. Facilities include tables and chairs.

Parking Rates

To apply for a concession pass please download the form from our website and bring to the Forest office or pick one up on site. A concession rate is available if you meet any of the criteria below (proof is required).

  • Adults of 60 years of age and over (Driving License, Smart Card, Passport).
  • Student (Student Card).
  • Disabled people and their carers. (Blue Badge, DLA or PIP letter). 

A concession pass should not be purchased for family or friends, it is for your use only.

Gosford Pricing Structure

Motor Cycle

  • All day  – £2.50
  • Annual Pass – £12.50
  • Annual Pass (Concess.) – £8.50
  • Replacement Pass – £7.50

Car

  • All day  – £5.00
  • Annual Pass – £26.00
  • Annual Pass (Concess.) – £16.50
  • Gold Pass (Gosford and Loughgall) – £34.00
  • Gold Pass Concess (Gosford and Loughgall) – £22.00
  • Replacement Pass – £7.50

Mini Bus

  • All day  – £10.50
  • Annual Pass – £51.50
  • Annual Pass (Concess.) – £33.50

Coach

  • All day  – £15.50
  • Annual Pass – £57.00
  • Replacement Pass – £7.50

Horse Box

  • All day  – £7.70
  • Annual Pass – £57.00
  • Gold Annual Pass (Gosford and Loughgall) – £92.00
  • Replacement Pass – £7.50

Concession Rates

Concession Rates

A concession rate of 65% of full activity price should be implemented and those eligible will:

  • Anyone in Full-time education
  • Individuals with a disability: Registered disabled in receipt of relevant documentation
  • Senior Citizens (over 60)

Carers

Where an individual with a disability is accompanied by a carer – free use will be granted to the carer where the caring responsibility does not allow the carer to enjoy the activity themselves (e.g. caring for an individual with a severe disability).

Where caring responsibilities allow the Carer to also participate in and enjoy activities the Carer will pay the concession rate.

Proof of concession can be shown at the Forest Office Monday to Thursdays at 9.30am.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I purchase an Annual Pass?

You can purchase a standard rate pass online using a credit/debit card via this website.

You can purchase a standard or concession rate pass in the Forest Office using cash, cheque or credit/debit card.

How many vehicles are covered per annual pass?

The annual pass covers up to two vehicles, a pass is provided per vehicle.

How long does it take to process a pass?

A pass purchased online will take approximate 2 weeks and it will be posted out to you.

A pass purchased within the Forest will be processed immediately.

Does my Annual pass cover 365 days a year?

No, your pass is valid 364 days a year weather permitting. The only day it does not cover is The Armagh Show day, usually the second Saturday in June.

Where should I display my pass?

Passes must be displayed on your vehicle dashboard at all times while in the Forest.

What do I do If change my vehicle/registration?

Please report to the Forest Office, surrender your old passes and new passes will be issued there and then.

Who is eligible for a concession pass?

A concession pass is available if you meet any of the following criteria.

  • Adults 60 years old and over
  • Students
  • Disabled people and their carers

A concession pass should not be purchased for family or friends, it is for your use only. Appropriate proof of eligibility is required.

What proof is required for a concession pass?

  • Driving License/Smart Card/Passport
  • Student Card
  • Blue Badge/DLA or PIP letter

Who can use my pass?

The pass is for the vehicle/s nominated and should not be shared with others. Passes being misused will be revoked.

What if I forget or lose my pass?

Please report to the hut/Forest Office on arrival and speak to a member of staff.

If lost please contact the Forest Office for a replacement.

How do I renew my pass?

Please keep an eye on the parking page on the website for full details.

Am I able to use my Horse Box pass when entering without the Horse Box?

Yes, your horse box pass allows you to park your car without having to bring a horse box.

What do I do if I am locked into the Park?

Unfortunately we do not have staff on/near the site after closing time. We ask that you return your vehicle to the car park and make arrangements to pick it up the following day.

Parking without an annual pass?

Please pay the daily fee at the entrance hut on arrival or at the Pay and Display machine situated in the main car park. Please display your receipt/ticket on your dashboard, clearly visible for staff to see.

Joint pass, Gosford and Loughgall Country Park

When entering Loughgall please present your joint pass to the staff inside the office, only then will the barrier be opened.

What do I do if I am locked into the Park?

Unfortunately we do not have staff on/near the site after closing time. We ask that you return your vehicle to the car park and make arrangements to pick it up the following day.

Local Trade

Northern Ireland Guided Tours

A team of established, experienced, professional local guides are there to show you more of what Northern Ireland has to offer.

Gosford Karting

Founded in 1995, Gosford Karting has been offering excellent karting experiences ever since.

  • 92 Gosford Road, Markethill, Armagh, BT60 1RH
  • www.gosfordkarting.com
  • 028 3755 1248

Horse Riding

Millers Hill is a BHS approved equestrian business run by the McCrum family. It is located approximately 1.5 miles from the village of Markethill.

  • 5 Dunesmullan Road, Markethill, Armagh, BT60 1TJ
  • 028 3755 1819

Lurgaboy Adventure Centre

Lurgaboy Adventure Centre is one of Northern Ireland’s leading Team building and Outdoor pursuits providers.

  • 12 Gosford Road, Collone, Armagh, BT60 1LQ
  • www.lurgaboyloadge.com
  • 028 3755 2425

Time Out Cafe

Friendly little café, located in the small town of Markethill.

  • 1 Fairgreen Road, Markethill, Armagh, BT60 1PW
  • www.timeoutcafe.co.uk
  • 028 3755 2052

Olde Thatch Coffee Lounge

Here you will find a tasty range of home-made savoury dishes, cakes and scones, all of which go perfect with a morning coffee.

  • 3 Keady Street, Markethill, Armagh, BT601PN
  • 028 3755 1261

News

October 18, 2021

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