The Forest of Dean is looked after by the Forestry Commission, an independent organisation which works to protect and enhance our forests and allow others to enjoy them. They run a wide range of events and activities throughout the year which can be viewed on the Forestry Commission website.
The Forest of Dean offers an endless list of things to do, from adventure days to culture days. To get your adventure at Bracelands started we’ve handpicked some great ideas for days out below.
Go Ape Adventure Park
From the top of the trees to the floor of the forest, Go Ape encourages adventurers to explore the Forest of Dean in new and innovative ways, including zip wire and Segway tours.
Open: February - November
Telephone: 0333 331 7137
Clearwell Caves is a working mining museum where you can see the impressive caverns the miners created.
Clearwell Caves, Ancient Iron Mines, Nr Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8JR
Telephone: 01594 832535
Wyedean Canoe Hire
Experience the River Wye waters on a canoe or Kayak.
Daily and hourly rates available.
Symonds Yat East, Ross-on-Wye, South Herefordshire, HR9 6JL
Telephone: 01600 890238
A unique and a great day out for all the family, where you can explore all of what the forest has to offer.
Perrygrove Road, Coleford, GL16 8QB
Telephone: 01594 833187
Dean Forest Railway
Travel onboard steam trains through the Forest of Dean and experience the forest in a whole new light.
Dean Forest Railway, Norchard Station, Forest Road, Lydney, Glos, GL15 4ET
Telephone: 01594 845840
Forest of Dean Adventure Park
This adventure park offers lots of activities for all ages, from adventure ropes, archery and climbing towers.
Adventure ropes and Archery: Open all year
Adventure Tower: April until October
Telephone: 01594 821003
International Centre for Birds of Prey
Home to more than 250 eagles, owls, buzzards and more, the International Centre for Birds of Prey is a great day out.
Boulsdon House, Newent, Gloucestershire, GL18 1JJ
Open daily Feb 1st – November 30th 10.30am until dusk, 7 days a week.
Telephone: 01531 820286
The Saracens Head Inn
Perfectly situated on the banks of the River Wye, The Saracens Head Inn is one of the best places to stop for lunch or a quick drink.
The Saracens Head Inn, Symonds Yat East, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 6JL
Telephone: 01600 890435
Westbury Court Garden
Take a few hours in the peaceful and beautiful Westbury Court Gardens.
Westbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, GL14 1PD
National Trust members visit for FREE
For Rainy Days
Freedom Leisure, Berry
Just an 8 minute drive from site, you’ll find an indoor heated swimming pool, Gym, Tennis and Squash Courts and plenty more fun for all of the family.
Address: Five Acres, Berryhill, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 7JT
Tel: 01594 835388
JDR Karting, Bristol Road
Thrill seekers listen up; 45 minutes from the site you’ll find a unique indoor racetrack providing the best go karting experience around. Great for beginners and seasoned drivers. Ages 12 +
Address: Unit 5, Madleaze Industrial Estate, Bristol Road, Gloucester, GL1 5SG
Tel: 01452 311211
The Time Machine Museum of Science Fiction, Hereford
Science fiction fans rejoice. You’ll find original props and costumes used on screen from some of your most loved series just a 1 hour drive away from the site.
Address: 12 The Square, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4BP
Tel: 01885 488 329
Ladybird Pottery, Tintern Parva
Relax, get creative and release your inner potter at Ladybird Pottery at the Abbey Mill.
Address: Ladybird Pottery Abbey Mill Tintern Parva South Wales NP16 6SE
Tel: 07719 880 985
If you’re looking for a place for the kids to blow off a little steam, Whirlkidz provides a safe and friendly soft play area. With free Wi-Fi and a fantastic café adults are sure to have a good time too!
Address: Unit 2 School Hill Trading Estate, Chepstow, NP165P
Opening times: Monday – Friday 9:30 – 6:00pm Saturday – Sunday 10am – 5pm