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Edible Forest 2018

Edible Forest 2018 returns to the ancient woodlands of Charnwood Forest! We’ve got such a packed programme that we’ve added more dates!


From the 9th-16th September 2018 you will get to enjoy family forest adventures, take afternoon tea in the iconic Old John Tower at Bradgate Park, experience the unique Forest Pods, enjoy a forest inspired gourmet dining experience in a top-secret location and so much more!

Start planning your Edible Forest adventure now, not only can you enjoy unique experiences, but you can also tuck in to the locally produced, award-winning food and drink that Charnwood has to offer.

All events must be pre-booked - buy your tickets online today. 


Read about each of our 2018 events and book your tickets now

Forest Dining Pod Experiences

Sunday 9th - Sunday 16th September

Join us for a very special experience – take brunch, a picnic or supper in our forest dome nestling in the grounds of Abbots Oak. Book a couple of tickets and make new friends round our communal table or book the whole pod for your exclusive use. Either way be quick – this has never been offered before and will sell quickly! (corporate packages available.)

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Secret Gourmet

Sunday 9th September

Let us take you on a gastronomic journey through Edible Forest with a Secret Gourmet dining experience with a forest-inspired menu created by renowned local chefs John Duffin and Paul Leary. As we like to keep you guessing, you won’t know where it is being held until a couple of days before the event … rest assured it truly is a historic location!

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Tea in the Tower

Friday 14th, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September

We’ve combined two of our favourite things for you to enjoy! Afternoon tea, made with love by the team at Grey Lady Deli and the local iconic landmark, Old John Tower at Bradgate Park. Enjoy a tasty afternoon tea from inside Old John Tower and take in the magnificent views of Bradgate Park.

Friday 14th 

Saturday 15th 

Sunday 16th


Edible Forest Breakfast

Wednesday 12th & Saturday 15th September 2018

Build up an appetite with a ranger-led tour around Bradgate Park where you will learn all about the edible produce that can be found within the park and then you will end the walk by tucking in to a well-deserved, hearty breakfast made up of tasty local produce!

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Edible Forest Garden Party

Exclusive Edible Forest Afternoon Tea Experience

Wednesday 12th – Saturday 15th September

Sir Matthew Ingle Joyce and Lady Miriam Bertha Joyce invite you to take afternoon tea at their Charnwood Forest country residence. Maintaining their tradition of sourcing local ingredients and reflecting their individual tastes you will be presented with a selection of lady’s and gentlemen’s afternoon tea delights.

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Safari Supper

Thursday 13th September 2018

Enjoy the Edible Forest Safari Supper! Dine around the forest and enjoy each course in a different location – as well as enjoying tasty local produce you will get to explore the ancient Charnwood Forest on your travels!

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Trappist Brewery Tour

11th, 13th, 15th September

Discover the art of traditional monastic brewing by enjoying a fascinating tour of the Trappist Brewery at the historic Mount Saint Bernard Abbey.

Waiting list

Sorry, we've sold out of these tours.  If you wish to add your contact details to a waiting list in case of cancellations, click on the link above.


Family Forest Adventure

15th & 16th September 2018

Grab the family and start your forest adventure. Enjoy a weekend of family forest food adventures where you and the family can take part in woodland inspired workshops and lots of other outdoor fun activities!

To round off your adventure, you and the family will get to toast marshmallows around our camp fire!

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The Edible Forest Festival is developed and promoted by Leicestershire Promotions and supported by Charnwood Borough Council and Everards.