Things to do at Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire
Forest Holidays

Things to do at Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Choose from our selection of extras and activities to create your perfect holiday

Explore Gloucestershire with a range of extras and activities

Make your holiday memorable with extras and activities to suit your mood. If you are ready for adventure, then canoeing the River Wye is a must. If laid back luxury is more your style, how about an indulgent in-cabin spa treatment?

Join us in the Forest Retreat for our Forest Quiz

Are forests your forte? Sports your special subject? Fancy yourself as a wildlife wizard… or pop master? Then come along to our Forest Quiz! Grab a drink, choose your team name and put your knowledge to the test for a chance to win. Join us every Wednesday and Saturday in the Forest Retreat from 5.30pm. It’s free and everyone’s welcome - with special rounds for kids!  

Recommended extras this Christmas

Festive Bundle
Festive Bundle

Pre-Christmas breaks

Festive Christmas Bundle
Festive Christmas Bundle

Christmas Tree Decoration Pack
Christmas Tree Decoration Pack

Merry Little Christmas Party
Merry Little Christmas Party

Winter Warmers
From £24
Winter Warmers

Meal for 2

Forest Ranger activities in Forest of Dean

Spend some time with our resident Forest Rangers Gerry and Salli and learn the secrets of the forest. You can also add a Forest School Den Kit to your booking and build a secret hiding place deep within Forest of Dean. 

Activities on offer:

Forest Survival | Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday
Mini Forest Rangers | Saturday and Sunday
Nature Tots | Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday
Wildlife Wonders | Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday
Nocturnal Adventure | Sept - May | Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday PM

Log in to your account to pre-book ranger activities before your stay.

Foam Clay and Pottery Painting

Indoor activity for the whole family

Head to the Forest Retreat and discover your creative side. Choose from a selection of our favourite woodland animals and experiment with spongy foam clay or paint a masterpiece to take away that same day.

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Small Bisque - Foam or Paint | £6.95
Medium Bisque - Foam or Paint | £10.95
Large Bisque - Foam or Paint | £13.95

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Save 10% on your Go Ape experience when you stay with us.

Take a trip with the whole tribe, packed full of adventure!

Look out for our emails with offers and activities to book before your stay – they'll include your unique discount code.


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Wander our winter lights

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.

Easily add our amazing extras before your stay. Just log in to your account or call us on 03330 110 495.

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Winter Warmers

Pre-book and save up to 15%

Top the Winter Lights with a tasty treat, for a limited time only. Enjoy a posh dog, fries and a drink, or yummy hot waffle with Kelly's ice cream.

End the evening with your mini-feast in the Forest Retreat, or grab and go for a meal under the stars. 


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Activities at Forest of Dean

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Things to do at Forest of Dean

  • Pre-book and personalise your stay

    Pre-book and personalise your stay

    From the simple things that make life easier such as hiring cycles and baby items rather than loading them up in the car, to the special touches such as Fizz and Chocolates in your cabin, put together your own break with our extras and activities such as canoeing and kayaking.

  • Explore the Gloucestershire countryside on two wheels

    Explore the Gloucestershire countryside on two wheels

    Whether it’s a family adventure through the forest, with a picnic ready to unpack at a beauty spot, or a hair-raising cycling holiday and mountain bike experience, up and down single-track trails and round hairpin bends, the Forest of Dean has it covered.

  • Discover Gloucestershire on-foot

    Discover Gloucestershire on-foot

    A walking holiday in the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley is a rewarding experience. With deep river gorges, ancient woodlands and atmospheric ruins to explore, it opens up a timeless landscape of natural beauty.

Gloucestershire holidays at Forest of Dean

Our Forest of Dean location offers hot tub cabins with a choice of view of the peaceful open meadow or forest surroundings. In this beautiful forest, rediscover your sense of calm, rekindle your love of adventure and learn about the natural world. Book your forest break today and escape to the great outdoors.

How to add extras to your booking

Don’t miss out. Log in to your account to browse extras and activities and pre-book before your stay. The best way to kickstart your holiday countdown (and get that Forest Feeling before you even arrive).

What is our Premium Wi-Fi & In-Cabin Entertainment Package?

Our In-Cabin Entertainment package is an optional upgrade, bringing premium features to the connected TV in your cabin. With In-Cabin Entertainment you'll have access to high speed Wi-Fi internet, unlimited movies, HD streaming and much more.

You can add In-Cabin Entertainment when booking your cabin, if you have an existing booking call us on 03330 110 495 or Login to My Account.