Macclesfield Forest


Days for Schools

Set on the edge of Trentabank reservoir and deep within the forest, a visit here is the perfect place for exploring woodlands. Our classroom at the Forest Office in partnership with United Utilities provides shelter for visiting groups.

What teachers said about their visit to the forest:

"Some wonderful pieces of writing produced by all of the children.  Each piece unique and very creative."

Mrs Stout, Bollington St Johns Primary School, Inspired by the Wild 2016.

We strive to make our visits accessible to all. Days can be tailored to your group’s needs. While many of our sites are accessible to people with limited mobility , it is recommended to discuss your particular needs with us before booking.

Facilities include

  • Large classroom (2 classes). This is multi-use for United Utilities.
  • Cloak stands
  • Toilets (1 girls, 1 boys and 1 disabled). Additional public toilets available.
  • Hand washing
  • Private woodlands with wildlife pond
  • Access to wider woodland network of paths
  • Coach parking


School visits take place between 10am and 2.30pm; these times are flexible and we can offer longer days. The centre is open from late February – Mid October.

What we offer

Currently we are unable to offer the full range of activities normally available.
For our current offer please see our Education Visits: Autumn 2020 page for details of the activities we are offering at the moment.

The rest of the activities are currently suspended.

Early Years Foundation Stage

  • Woodland Tales

Key Stage 1 Programmes

  • Nature Discovery

Key Stage 2 Programmes

  • Art in the Peak
  • Habitats
  • Mountain Environment (Shutingsloe hill, not suitable for wheelchairs)
  • River Study (Bollin Brook,not suitable for wheelchairs)
  • Rocks and Soils
  • Peak District Challenge
  • Peak District Explorers - Map Skills  New 2019


Macclesfield Forest is situated east of Macclesfield and west of the Goyt valley. The A537 is to the North and the A54 to the South. Post Code: SK11 0NS

Useful Documents

For further details or to book a visit please contact:

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