Holiday checklist: day trips, eat out, family time, fresh air, sunshine, theme parks, hot tub... hot tub… hot tub… sometimes on a short break, there just isn’t enough time.
You know the feeling. You are full of plans for your short break in the forest. But then, that forest tranquillity takes over and the hot tub looks sooo inviting. Before you know it, it’s time to go home and, although you feel completely relaxed, you’ve done none of the things you had planned.
It’s time to draw up new plans and extend your next stay to seven nights. Read our holiday itinerary to see how you might fill those days...
Day 1 – Arrive and unwind
Hurrah, you made it! Don’t plan too much for your first evening. Pre-order a takeaway pizza online before you arrive, crack open the Prosecco and beers, and feel yourself unwind as the forest works its magic on you.
Day 2 – Explore the forest
Feeling good this morning? If you have pre-booked your cycle hire – and we recommend you do – head out for a gentle pre-lunch foray to find your bearings. Back for lunch at the Forest Retreat and then it’s time for a Forest Ranger adventure in the afternoon. This will enhance your forest walks all week, as you will know so much more about the plants and wildlife you see.
Day 3 – Discover the local area
Time to see what’s nearby. At Forest of Dean, Symonds Yat down by the River Wye is a must. At Blackwood Forest, it’s a trip into Winchester where you can visit the cathedral. At Ardgartan Argyll, a trip along Loch Fyne to Inverary town and castle will delight everyone and over at Thorpe Forest, we recommend a trip in to the pretty market town of Bury St. Edmunds.
If you pre-ordered a BBQ pack, with local sausages and meats, when you booked your cabin, tonight’s the night to enjoy an easy al fresco meal back at your cabin. Then, finish the evening stargazing from your hot tub.
Day 4 – Get the kids out for the day
O.K. kids, it’s all about you today. If you are staying at Cropton or Keldy, you are a short drive from Flamingo Land. At Sherwood Forest, you’ve got Wheelgate Theme park and down in Blackwood Forest, you are close to Peppa Pig Land. If you are staying at Deerpark, this is the day to visit the Eden Project where, as well as the huge indoor zones, there are play areas, the Giant Bee and England’s longest zip wire.
Day 5 – Time for outdoor adventures
Let’s go wild! A week in the forest means plenty of time to have some outdoor adventures. Whether it’s high in the treetops at Go Ape by day, or closer to the ground with a Forest Ranger on a Night Vision adventure. You can go fishing on the loch at Ardgartan Argyll or take a canoe down the River at Forest of Dean, test your aim at archery in Sherwood Forest or go pond-dipping at Deerpark.
In the evening, head down to the Forest Retreat for something to eat and join in the fun of the quiz night – who knows, you could be the winners!
Day 6 – Plan for the British weather
Cabin fever or cabin fun? The odds are that at least one of your seven days will bring some typically British weather, so plan a day based around your cabin and the Forest Retreat, where the children can do pottery painting or build a birdhouse while you enjoy a coffee.
Back in your cabin, gather round the big kitchen table for a family dinner or a takeaway from the Forest Retreat. When you book your cabin, make sure you pre-book one of our In-cabin packages, such as the Evening In Treats pack in with popcorn and fizzy drinks, or Fizz and Chocolates, so that you can enjoy the comforts of your cabin in style. And don’t forget, you can dip in and out of the hot tub whatever the weather.
Day 7 – Enjoy a change of scenery
Country, coast or city? Cropton, Keldy and Deerpark are all close enough for a day at the seaside. From Blackwood Forest, head up to London for the day, visit Nottingham from Sherwood Forest and at Strathyre, enjoy Stirling or Edinburgh for a day trip.
Spend a day on the Norfolk Broads while staying at Thorpe Forest and, at Forest of Dean, explore the countryside idyll of the Cotswolds. Finally, Ardgartan Argyll offers you the chance to visit the west coast of Scotland or head south to the bright lights of Glasgow.
Day 8 – Last chance to enjoy the forest!
Take a last walk or cycle through the forest, enjoy a coffee outside the Forest Retreat, relax into your hot tub and soak up the sights and sounds of the forest around you, one last time.
Home time already? But there’s so much more to do...