What's on location
Forest Holidays

What's on location

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire


What you'll find on location at Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Things to do on location

Our location at Forest of Dean comprises of 120 cabins, sheltered beneath the protective canopy of oak woodland, or situated in the open meadow at the forest edge. Beneath the trees are the Silver Birch, Golden Oak, and Golden Oak Hideaway cabins, along with our amazing Golden Oak Treehouses. You can also meet the Forest Ranger, book activities, and hire bikes. There is also a children’s play area and outdoor terrace seating area.

Forest Retreat

At the heart of the location is the Forest Retreat, housed in a cabin style building where our friendly team are on hand to help you make the most of your holiday, answer questions, and offer advice. You will find a well organised shop where the emphasis is on locally sourced produce, along with a comfortable seating area and bar where you can enjoy restaurant style meals in a café atmosphere.

  • Restaurant, bar and café

    Restaurant, bar and café

    Our restaurant at Forest of Dean is open between 8:30am to 8:00pm, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Enjoy freshly cooked meals and snacks in the cosy café or relax in the comfortable bar. This welcoming building is the perfect spot to grab a coffee, glass of wine or a bite to eat whilst taking in the views of the forest. Browse our menu, order at the bar, and inform the team of the table you’re sitting at. The terrace at Forest of Dean offers a seating area to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest.

    Order a drink and a bite to eat, or a refreshing drink after exploring the forest. Takeaway is available at our Forest Retreat at Forest of Dean. Place your order in the Forest Retreat or place an order from the comfort of your cabin. Let us take care of the cooking and deliver your meal right to your cabin door for fuss free dining!

  • Shop


    In the shop at Forest of Dean, you will find all the essentials you need during your stay, from essential groceries to souvenirs to take home. We sell a range of groceries, toiletries, beverages and of course souvenirs to remind you of your forest adventure. Please note that our usual opening times are 8:30am – 8:00pm.


Vehicle Charging Point

There are two vehicle charging points available on location at Forest of Dean. These can be found outside the Forest Retreat.


Pre-bookable on-site activities 

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Forest Survival  from £12pp
Mini Forest Rangers: 5-10 years  from £10*
Nature Tots: 2-4 years  from £6*
Wildlife Wonders  from £10*
Nocturnal Adventure  from £10pp (Sept - May)
Foam clay and pottery painting  from £6.95
Archery  from £25pp
Pedals and puzzles bike trail from £10 (bike hire is seperate)
In-cabin spa treatments from £125 (1-5 hours available)
Photography lessonNight sky photography lesson from £78 
Check Point outdoor escape game from £25

Participating adult required for Forest Ranger*

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.

Find out more about winter lights

Pre-book your bikes online so they are ready on arrival

Pre-book your bikes online so they are ready on arrival

Adult break bike hire from £32 | Child break bike hire from £28

Bike hire is available at Forest of Dean, simply visit the Forest Retreat and speak to a member of the team. Don’t forget to pick up a handy Walking and Cycling Trails leaflet. There are easy starter trails or for the more experienced of cyclists, challenge yourself with a longer more difficult route. We recommend the circular 8.5km route that meets the River Wye at Symonds Yat Rock known for its spectacular views.

  • Children's play area

    Children's play area

    There is a children’s play area available at Forest or Dean, but please bear in mind that children must always be supervised by an adult.


  • Bug hotel and wildlife

    Bug hotel and wildlife

    At Forest of Dean there is a bug hotel, attracting lots of bugs and insects. This means they can pollinate our flowers and keep unwanted pests to a minimum like aphids and slugs.

  • Gloucestershire trails

    Gloucestershire trails

    Drop in at the Forest Retreat to find out about our self-led trails at Forest of Dean. With trails from under 1km up to 8.5km. The magnificent River Wye can be reached at two spots. The quickest route is 3.8km through the woods, but it is worth taking the slightly longer route to Symonds Yat Rock for the beautiful views.


Looking to book a self-catering UK staycation?

With so much to see and do in Gloucestershire, our cabins at Forest of Dean offer a welcome retreat for families, groups and couples. Unwind from day-to-day life and make wonderful memories with your loved ones. Give yourself something to look forward to with a self-catering break at Forest of Dean. 

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