Forest of Dean & Wye Valley
Discover silver screen landscapes, historical landmarks, alfresco art and an ever-changing display of colour in one of England’s last ancient forests.
Located in the county of Gloucestershire, it’s a magical place throughout all seasons. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the iconic Sculpture Trail to see a vast stained glass window hanging between trees, or channel your inner Tarzan and fly through the trees on a zip line with the Go Ape team.
Take some time out and treat yourself to a locally sourced meal at one of our many award-winning restaurants or experience the exciting atmosphere and street food on offer at one of the fabulous food, music, art or adventure-based festivals and events being held throughout the year.
The Forest on film
The Forest of Dean has quickly become a popular film and TV location, providing the backdrop for productions such as Harry Potter and the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie which was filmed at the magical Puzzlewood. With its unusual tree and rock formations, this 14 acre woodland has a whimsical feel and is unlike any other wood you have visited. Other productions that were filmed in this enchanting spot include Merlin, Doctor Who, and Jack the Giant Slayer.
There are a host of local attractions that transport you back in time, from museums and historic landmarks , to castles and ancient churches. Learn about the area’s industrial heritage at Clearwell Caves where iron ore was mined for over 4000 years. Steam through the trees on the Dean Forest Railway or find out more about the story of the Forest of Dean at the Dean Heritage Centre who hold year-round events and festivals.
Where to stay
Get closer to nature on a camping holiday, have a romantic stay in a cosy cottage, wake up to birdsong while staying in a log cabin, or sink into a four-poster bed at a charming hotel or B&B. There’s never a shortage of choice or variety of accommodation options in the Forest of Dean.
Let Tudor Farmhouse take the strain away on a stress-busting break in their 16th century luxurious hotel, or if you’re interested in an eco-friendly alternative then why not rent a glamping pod from Whitemead Forest Park?
Arts and culture
The beautiful surroundings of the Forest of Dean have long inspired artists, poets and craftspeople. Visit galleries and studios celebrating the diverse range of traditional 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 her colourful Alice in Wonderland designs. The Dean Heritage Centre features regular exhibitions from local artists to provide inspiration to your budding Picasso’s.