News from the Park and Forest
Roadworks on Horton Road
Scottish and Southern Electricity will be carrying out roadworks on Horton Road between 8th May and 21st July. The work will start at the entrance to Moors Valley and gradually move further up the road towards the Woolsbridge Industrial Estate (in the direction of West Moors).
Please allow additional time to arrive at the park, especially for pre-booked activities. For updates on the project please visit the SSEN website.
As many of our regular visitors will know, Moors Valley can get very busy during the school holidays as lots of families visit us to enjoy the sunshine!
During especially busy periods we may have to close the Park when the car park becomes full (most likely between 12pm and 2pm. On these occasions we will open again as soon as we have enough car park spaces for the rest of the day (usually after around 1hr to 1.5hrs). Our best advice is to arrange to arrive earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon to reduce risk of disappointment.
Visitors with pre-booked activities such as Go Ape or Ranger-led events will be allowed entry while we are closed.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused at times when we are closed. Please note that parking along the driveway and Horton Road is not permitted.
Work is now completed on the extended Infants Play Area with sand excavators, train and wizards hideaway. Out on the Play Trail the Snake Pit has been replaced with a larger more exciting version by the original artist Andy Frost which is now open. Improvement works have also been completed on the House of Baba Yaga and Timber structures bringing them back into tip-top condition. The Funnel Trap and Webs structures have been removed to make way for an exciting new structures later in the year.
We’re working hard to protect and improve the forest and everything it has to offer. When you pay for car parking at Moors Valley you’re making a direct contribution to that work – which includes new play structures like this – so thank you, we couldn’t do it without you.
The Through the Forest singletrack route is now open! Thank you for your patience while we carried out essential maintenance repairs.
Following our two gold awards in the prestigious 2016 Dorset Tourism Awards for both the Access an Inclusivity and Sustainable Tourism categories we were thrilled to be presented with two bronze awards at the South West Excellence in Tourism Awards in the same categories. The judging panel considered our commitment to customer service, facilities management, information, accessibility, use of social media and effectiveness of websites as well as our environment and programme of events to help visitors learn and be active throughout the year.
Thank you to all our lovely visitors and partner organisations for your continued support – we couldn’t do it without you!