Discover the magic of Puzzlewood

An inspiring visit for everyone


If you enjoy walking, the great outdoors, breathtaking scenery or discovering nature whatever the season, you’ll love Puzzlewood. Experience twisted trees in an otherworldly woodland through a mile and a half of paths, bridges and lookout points. It’s a wood like no other, and its magic will cast a spell to entice you back time and time again.

Fun for families

Whether your kids are toddlers or teens, every age loves to explore the woods and let their imaginations run wild among the Roman nooks and iron ore crannies. For a great family day out and to inspire everyone, pick up our Wizards Guide at admission. In the Guide you can seek out and tick off 20 objects, items, places and faces, including our new Big Four animals. Hunt for 10 Roman coins and our website is packed with information on the trees, the birds and of course our animals.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Yes, The Force was with us! Puzzlewood was described by Kathleen Kennedy, Star Wars Producer and President of Lucasfilm, as ‘the most magical forest on the face of the earth!'

The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Puzzlewood featured in this 2016 fantasy adventure film, a sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman.

Jack the Giant Slayer

Hollywood came to Puzzlewood to film this modern-day adaptation of the classic fairytale. Stars such as Ewan McGregor, Nicholas Hoult and Stanley Tucci were all on set. Some of the filming took place during regular opening hours, so visitors got an extra treat – one lucky visitor even wrote about it on her blog!

Doctor Who

A regular location for this iconic and popular TV series, the eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, filmed both his first and final episodes at Puzzlewood. The 2013 Christmas special, where the Doctor regenerated and Peter Capaldi took over, also saw one of the Doctor’s scariest adversaries, the Weeping Angels on location.


Puzzlewood featured in all five series of Merlin, providing a hideaway for Morganna and a fitting habitat for dragons and unicorns, as well as a setting for exciting chases and fights.

Our Planet

We featured in the Netflix series Our Planet narrated by Sir Davis Attenborough, in the opening titles of the episode 'Forests' which examines the fragile interdependence that exists between forests' wide variety of residents.


Puzzlewood featured in several episodes of this BBC1 series which aired in 2013.

Wizards vs Aliens

A CBBC adventure series, which needed a location where schoolboy heroes would meet alien characters.

Da Vinci's Demons

Puzzlewood was used to help create the look and atmosphere of 15th century South America in the second series, which aired on Fox in 2014. Da Vinci’s Demons was created by David Goyer whose other credits include the Blade and Batman trilogies.

Tree Fu Tom

Fans of this CBeebies animated programme may recognise Puzzlewood in the magical opening and closing sequences.

Hidden Kingdoms

This BBC nature programme used state-of-the-art filming techniques to explore the lives of some of the world’s smallest animals, including the North American Chipmunk, which appeared to frolic against a Puzzlewood background!

Secret Supper Club

Filmed for C4, this programme saw local food producers dining at Puzzlewood on a cold October evening. A hog roast was the centrepiece of a delicious supper that was cooked on site.

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