Star-studded road trip - Go set jetting as a family with Wanderlust Campers
While the grown-ups will need to drive, the teens can take charge of the route with the set jetting map, following the region’s film and TV location trail including famous Puzzlewood and Symonds Yat.
Wanderlust Camper Co has a fleet of three glamping-style vans – Sally, Lula and Amelia – making a road trip round the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean easy to arrange. Custom designed, the vans are comfortable with flexible living accommodation (even bunks). All have high tops (avoiding the fiddly pop-tops), which means guests can stand up and move around freely in their little home-from-home, a real luxury. The small kitchens are well-equipped, and all campers have heating and mood lighting.
Canoe the Wye – ditch the devices and float for a few days camping along the way
A two-or three-day canoeing adventure during the summer holidays is perfect for families with teens. Starting in Hereford or Hoarwithy and ending at Symonds Yat, a typical day includes around 15 miles of river and up six hours of paddling, with stops along the way for a picnic or pub lunch on the riverbank.
The Get Active Explorer Break at The Speech House Hotel
For a family of four with teens, the active explorer break offers amazing value and encompasses a two-night stay at this former 17th century hunting lodge set in the heart of the Forest of Dean. Full English breakfast is included to set everyone up for a day of activities that might involve rock climbing, gorge scrambling, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding or high rope adventures. Families can then head to the Orangery or Verderers’ restaurant in the evening to refuel for the next action-packed day.
Wild Swimming, Foraging, Wildlife Safaris and more themed breaks
Located in the working village of Clearwell in the Forest of Dean, boutique hotel Tudor Farmhouse offers a wide range of themed breaks perfect for families with teens, inspiring them to explore and enjoy the forest to its fullest. From wild foraging sessions with the hotel’s in-house forager and guided wild life safaris lead by wildlife detective Ed Drewitt, to a cycling break with home-cooked packed lunches or even a wild swimming break along the River Wye (and its surrounding lakes, streams, man-made beaches) with expert Edward Rose. After action-packed days, families can refuel on delicious dinners using local seasonal ingredients sourced wherever possible from producers within a 20 mile radius.