Please check attraction opening times before starting your journey

SYMONDS YAT

Spot the famous peregrine falcons


Symonds Yat straddles the river Wye on the Herefordshire/Gloucestershire border and is the perfect spot for a summer day out. Climb Symonds Yat rock, a 500 ft high limestone outcrop, for wonderful views of the river Wye below as it winds its way through the lush countryside. From this vantage point you might also be lucky enough to catch site of the pair of peregrine falcons that nest on the cliff-side during the summer months.


Walk for 30 minutes to enjoy the spectacular views over the Wye Valley from Symonds Yat Rock.

Symonds Yat. Photo by: Graham Dean. www.flickr.com/photos/clearbluelight

CLEARWELL CAVES

Step back 4,500 years


For a fascinating family trip, head for Clearwell Caves. These enthralling caves are a part of an extensive natural cave system, dating back well over 4,500 years. The nine separate caves have many stories to tell. Explore caves that were explored by Neolithic man thousands of years ago and see why, more recently, television programmes like Dr Who and Merlin have chosen to film here. Clearwell Caves offer Forest Holidays guests a 10% discount if you show your cabin key when buying tickets!


Take the 10 minute drive to follow in the footsteps of generations of iron ore miners.

Days out at Clearwell Caves

PUZZLEWOOD

Discover a magical forest


A unique and enchanting place, the children will love Puzzlewood. It is 14 acres of ancient woodland, reputed to have been the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. You will encounter strange moss covered rock formations, twisted tree roots and untamed scenery, cut through with a maze of pathways. Puzzlewood is a natural playground, firing the imaginations of children and adults alike. There are lots of other activities too, so plan in a full day. The magic of Puzzlewood is right on your doorstep; only 3 miles away.


Please check Puzzlewood website for seasonal opening times.

Puzzlewood. Photo by: Steve Bevan

GO APE

Have fun in the forest


Everyone has the Go Ape spirit just waiting to be unleashed!  Go Ape promise a day out you’ll never forget. They brief you for safety before you fly down zip-wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery in the Forest of Dean. Go as a group, family or friends, and enjoy a great adventure. And enjoy an exclusive 10% discount on ticket prices as a Forest Holidays customer. Aspiring Tarzans will need 15 minutes to make the 8 mile journey.


Please check Go Ape website for seasonal opening times.

THE SARACENS HEAD INN

Enjoy local specialities in a riverside setting


If you are heading to Symonds Yat, make time for a riverside drink at the wonderful Saracens Head Inn. Sit on the riverside terrace and watch the gentle coming and going of the ancient hand ferry as it carries passengers safely across the Wye. Then head inside this authentic English inn to sample the menu. Try delicious smoked Wye and Severn Valley salmon, locally made pork and apple sausages or a Breconshire sirloin steak.


The Saracens Head Inn is just 3 miles from your cabin or a 5 minute drive from  Symonds Yat.

Saracens Head Inn, Symonds Yat. Photo by: Saracens Head Inn

CINDERFORD, COLEFORD, LYDNEY AND NEWENT

Visit the Forest of Dean’s four market towns


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.


Coleford is the nearest market town as it's only 1.5 miles away so is close enough to walk or drive. Newent is the furthest away and will take 30 minutes in the car.

Local Market Towns

FOREST OF DEAN SCULPTURE TRAIL

Discover inspiring forest artworks


The nearby sculpture trail will take your appreciation of this landscape to a new level. Described as “in, and of, the forest”, the sculptures, by a variety of artists, are inspired by the forest’s trees, wildlife and the industrial past. They are constructed using wood, stone and iron - the natural materials of the forest. Notice the interplay between the forest itself and these wonderful sculptures as you follow the trail through majestic oaks and towering scots pines.


Start the sculpture trail with a 4 mile walk to the beginning or jump in the car for 10 minutes.

THE DEAN FOREST RAILWAY

Steam back to a golden age


Remember when rail travel was a pleasure? Take a steam train back to the golden age of rail travel on the nearby Dean Forest Railway. Enjoy the warmth of that bygone age in a quaint and cosy compartment coach. Travel through the ancient and beautiful Forest of Dean. Hop off and on again with your all-day ticket, to explore villages and woodlands. Who could fail to be charmed by such an enchanting day out?


Make the 9 mile journey or 20 minute drive to start your journey.

Dean Forest Railway

PERRYGROVE RAILWAY

Try something completely different


A trip to Perrygrove will see you riding on a vintage steam train (perhaps even driving one!), discovering a tree-top village and having wild woodland adventures. With the added attraction of an “indoor village” with exciting secret passages, and a hunt for hidden treasures along the train route, this is a good one to keep up your sleeve for a rainy day.


This quirky attraction will appeal to children and adults alike and is only 3 miles away; a 10 minute drive.

PerryGrove Railway, Forest of Dean

BEECHENHURST LODGE

Enjoy a family day out


Beechenhurst Lodge in the Forest of Dean has activities for everyone in the family. While the kids let off steam in the play area with its new zip wire, you can unpack your picnic and enjoy the outdoor life. Alternatively, descend on Gavellers Café for some wholesome home-cooked food. After lunch, follow the Sculpture Trail, mooch around in the gift shop or, if it’s thrills you’re after, climb the 13m Adventure Tower – and then abseil back down.


A fun filled day here is only a 10 minute drive as it's 4 miles away from your cabin.

Beechenhurst Lodge. Photo by: The Forestry Commission

BUTTERFLY ZOO AND HEDGE PUZZLE MAZE

Prepare to be aMazed and delighted


Have family fun finding and losing each other in the aMazing Hedge Puzzle. Or head into the Butterfly Zoo and surround yourself with exotic butterflies from around the world. A modestly priced family ticket will get you entry into both, plus a round of miniature golf on the slightly surreal Roman ruins course.


A short 12 minute drive from your Forest Holidays cabin brings you to the delightful Wye Valley Visitor Centre.

DEAN HERITAGE CENTRE

Discover the history of the forest


The Dean Heritage Centre is dedicated to preserving the heritage of this great forest. Explore the history of the forest from the Ice Age to the present day. Discover how the Victorians lived in the forest in the reconstructed Victorian cottage and schoolroom. Also on this inspiring five acre site there are a charcoal burners’ camp; an adventure playground; daily chainsaw carving demonstrations; animals, a gift shop, and café to enjoy. But do leave time for the Gruffalo Trail…


To discover the heritage of the forest allow yourself 20 minutes to make the 10 mile journey.

The Dean Heritage Centre

TAURUS CRAFTS

Buy locally made gifts


Based near Lyndney, Taurus Crafts is a rather special place. There are up to 14 artisan businesses making and selling everything from chocolate to leather goods, textiles, and jewellery. You can buy unique gifts made by local artists, potters, and craftspeople; many of whom you can watch at work. There's also a fabulous food shop selling local and organic produce, along with a gorgeous café, also using predominantly locally sourced ingredients.


The perfect souvenir is waiting 10 miles or 20 minutes away. With children's activities running daily throughout the school holidays, this centre of creativity offers something for everyone!

Taurus Crafts, Forest of Dean

HOT POT POTTERY

Have a go at throwing some clay


Get in touch with your creative side and try your hand at pottery making. Whether this is your first or fiftieth time throwing clay, there are classes and activities for all ages and abilities! Whilst you're there, why not cosy up in the tea-room for a spot of afternoon Earl Grey with a delicious slice of home-made cake. More information can be found on their website along with tea-room and pottery opening times.

 

Hot Pot Pottery is just a 10 minute walk from Forest of Dean cabins. Take the track uphill past the Forest Retreat and follow the signs.

International Centre for Birds of Prey

Come and see over 280 birds of prey, eagles, owls, vultures, kites, buzzards and falcons


Described recently as a Hidden Gem of a place, the centre holds three superb flying demonstrations per day, whatever the weather. With wonderful gardens to enjoy, walks through woodland and ponds to see, with plenty of free parking.


International Centre for Birds of Prey is the oldest dedicated bird of prey centre in the world with an international reputation for its conservation work and leads the world in the number of species of birds of prey and owls bred in captivity for conservation and education purposes.

HILLSIDE BREWERY

Real ales brewed in the rural English countryside


Hillside Brewery is an exciting, family owned and run Gloucestershire brewery, built on traditional skills and values. Set on a 40-acre farm they produce high-quality artisan ales in small batches using traditional methods and the finest ingredients. Get lost in the local brewing heritage whilst sipping away on your favourite beer on a brewery tour or just drop in to have a look around. Regular events are hosted and there are also multiple activities on site from Archery Tag to Battlesports. Use code FORESTHOLIDAYS10 to save 10% in their online shop!

 

Just a 13-mile journey or 25-minute drive.

Tintern Abbey

Historic ruins in Wales


Tintern Abbey is known as one of the greatest monastic ruins of wales. An area of outstanding beauty and history…if only the walls could talk! Explore the best preserved medieval abbey in Wales! Different from many other abbeys, you will get a sense of isolation and peacefulness.  Framed by rolling green hills, here you will find a sublime picturesque setting. Why not take a stroll near the river Wye, situated directly behind the abbey? Breathe in the last of the countryside air then head back to your luxury cabin.


Tintern Abbey is just a short 30 minute drive from your cabin.