Ease into a change of pace as you escape to the charming Forest of Dean, and get a taste of true countryside. With plenty to discover, and breathtaking views, there are plenty of opportunities to create unforgettable memories on your forest getaway.
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Boasting scenic landscapes, quaint market towns, and ancient forests, the Forest of Dean can be found nestled by the beautiful Wye Valley. So whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or the perfect blend of both; there’s choice for everyone on a holiday in Gloucestershire.
The Forest of Dean is alive with exciting adventures to be had, which means there is something for everyone to love! Surround yourselves with exotic butterflies at Butterfly Zoo and Hedge Puzzle Maze. Or for the adrenaline-seekers, head to Beechenhurst Lodge and dare to try the zip line, or abseiling! Puzzlewood is also a favourite attraction amongst our guests, let your imagination run wild in the natural playground! There are plenty of activities available at Puzzlewood, so spend the whole day surrounded by the magic of the forest.
The Forest of Dean is the perfect family getaway destination, the kids will be talking about their holiday adventures in the forest for a long time to come!
The Forest of Dean is home to some fascinating history.
Why not explore Clearwell Caves? They date back 4,500 years and are also a filming hot spot for the likes of Dr. Who and Merlin! Or visit one of the greatest monastic ruins in Wales, Tintern Abbey, guaranteed to be a peaceful day out in an idyllic setting; overlooking the River Wye.
If the history of the forest fascinates you, be sure to spend the day exploring the Dean Heritage Centre, the kids are sure to love the reconstructed Victorian cottage and schoolroom! You might even be lucky enough to spot the Gruffalo if you look out for him!
Come rain or shine, there is plenty to do in the Forest of Dean for all the family to enjoy. Why not try something new on your forest escape. Get in touch with your creative side and try your hand at pottery making at the Hot Pot Pottery!
Treat yourself to a tour of the Hillside Brewery, learn about the history of the area’s local brewing trade, whilst sipping on a delicious beer! If that’s not enough, don’t miss the chance to explore the forest in style, on a steam train at either Perrygrove Railway or The Dean Forest Railway!
Experience an amazing mini trail at the Forest of Dean. Take a wintery walk through a small spot of flickering forest, alight with twinkling lights and woodland animals. Under the moonlit sky, there’s no better place to find your #ForestFeeling.
Then head back to your cabin and kick back with delicious drinks packages, tasty takeaways, and a movie marathon queued up.
Available: From 3 November 2023 - 29 February 2024.
The lights will be on over a couple of nights during each break. No booking is required - just ask at the Forest Retreat for the latest timings.
Don’t forget your camera as you climb Symond’s Yat Rock! Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the River Wye below as it winds through the countryside, you might even catch a glimpse of the resident peregrine falcons that nest on the cliff-side in the summer months!
Spend the afternoon daydreaming as you wander along the riverbank on one of the many footpaths, or try exploring the area from a different angle, in a canoe, as you gently float down the river! Ensure you leave time for lunch or a riverside drink at the wonderful Saracen’s Head Inn, which we highly recommend!
A great way to understand something of the character of the Forest of Dean is to take a whistle stop tour of its four market towns. Each offer something different, from Cinderford’s industrial heritage to Newent’s quaint black and white buildings.
Coleford, the Forest of Dean’s oldest and main town, is a thriving market town, popular with tourists; and Lydney, situated on the banks of the Severn has a surprising maritime heritage.