Artisan art, Craft and Food for a picnic

Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

See artists working in the Forest of Dean then visit a farmers market to pick up gourmet delights to satisfy the hungriest of tums.

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The beautiful surroundings of the Dean Forest have long inspired artists, poets and craftspeople. Visit galleries and studios celebrating the diverse range of skills on show such as weaving, jewellery making, potters and photographers. Take the kids to paint their own plate at Mary Rose Young’s pottery studio and check out the colourful Alice in Wonderland designs. The Dean Heritage Centre features regular exhibitions from local artists to provide inspiration to your budding Picasso’s.

An army marches on its stomach so after lots of exploring you will certainly work up an appetite for some hearty grub. The market towns and villages in the Forest of Dean are well served with local produce so it’s easy to pick up some special treats for the picnic basket including cheeses, artisan loaves and meats.

Inspire the whole family to cook up a storm at the Harts Barn Cookery School where kids and adults can take cookery classes or sample some local, tasty treats from the many pubs, cafés and restaurants.

If mum and dad get some time out they can always raise a glass (or two) at the Three Choirs Vineyard, a single estate set in the Forest of Dean.

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