Gisburn Forest is the largest forest in Lancashire, welcoming more than 60,000 day visitors each year.  Nestled in the rural north-east of the county, 40 miles north of Manchester, the forest is easily accessible by road, close to the intersection of the A59 (east to west) and A65 (north to south).  Managed by Forestry England, the estate is owned by United Utilities plc.  

Sat Nav Postcode: BB7 4TS


The Hub is located in a clearing of the forest known as Stephen Park.  The original farmstead, dating back to 1662, is now a 40-bed residential centre.  Other buildings at the Hub accommodate the regional office of Forestry England and independent businesses and community groups, including the Gisburn Forest Hub Café, Muck or Nettles CIC (organisers of the Cloudspotting Festival) and Tangled Tree (arts producer).

The Hub’s amenities include the Gisburn Forest Hub Café and meeting room, Stephen Park residential centre (40 capacity), two outdoor performance stages, events meadow, car park and toilet block.  The Hub provides the gateway to explore the wilder habitats of this spectacular scenery, feel the adrenalin of the bike trails, or simply bask and breathe in the beauty of the surroundings.

This summer, we will be opening our lush events meadow at the Hub for a pop-up glamp and campsite, to welcome visitors for 56 nights across late June, July and August. We will also be hosting cultural events at the weekends, with a regular outdoor licenced bar and visiting food vendors.  A full programme of music and family arts events taking place over the summer holiday period will be published soon.

Gisburn’s dramatic scenery, with deep forest and challenging hills, provides the perfect backdrop for our award-winning mountain bike trails, a network of waymarked forest walks and, for those seeking a unique outdoor adventure, visit after dusk to soak in the wonder of the stars.  Gisburn Forest Hub is an accredited Dark Sky Discovery Site.


As we open up our facilities in the wake of restrictions imposed during the pandemic, our magnificent residential centre at Stephen Park is available to hire from June 2021 (contact hello@gisburnforesthub.uk for more information).  Our pop-up glamping site and residential centre will be available for stays from June 21st with the general camp-site open from July 27th – August 31st.

If you are attending one of our summer weekend events, it is possible to organise accommodation in the Centre if we have rooms available, please contact hello@gisburnforesthub.uk or call 07967 634683 for more details.