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The #DeanWye Christmas Gift Guide

Tasty treats, distinctive crafts, gift sets, experience days, exciting adventures and more - here in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley we’ve got something for everyone this Christmas! We’ve rounded up the definitive DeanWye Christmas gift guide. All can be purchased online or over the phone and sent to you or to your friends or family..

Choose from:


Gifts for Foodies

The Chocolate Bar - Exquisite Fine Chocolates

A wide range of delicious chocolates perfect for Christmas gifts including fruit purees, nut pralines, alcohol and other flavours in selection boxes, plus Florentines, chocolate-covered ginger and nougat! A real hidden gem, don’t buy your chocolates from the supermarket this year, shop local and support this fantastic new Forest of Dean business.

Website: https://www.thechocolatebarltd.co.uk/shop/ Call: 07855 229 334

Tudor Sweets – Gift Bags, Jars, Fudge, Retro Sweets and More

Sweet selections for all the family, there is something for everyone here including a Ross on Wye mug full of fudge and tea towel gift set! All are available to buy on their website and make lovely Christmas gifts. Their store is located in a beautifully renovated 17th century black and white half-timbered building in Ross on Wye.

Website: http://tudorsweetsofross.com/sweet-shop/ Call: 01989 566449

Tudor Farmhouse Hotel and Restaurant – Afternoon Tea, Foraging and More

At this award-winning location in the Forest of Dean choose between a wide range of gift vouchers including afternoon tea, foraging experiences, tasting menus and floristry workshops. These will make for a lovely experience day gift for a loved one this Christmas.

Website: https://tudorfarmhousehotel.vouchercart.com/ Call: 01594 833046

Three Choirs Vineyard Restaurant & Rooms – Experience and Gift Vouchers

Surely a winner this Christmas – a range of experiences and vouchers for those interested in learning about winemaking (or just drinking it!) at this stunning Gloucestershire vineyard. Choose from tours and tasting experiences, hotel vouchers, dining experiences, adopt a vine vouchers and more!

Website: https://www.three-choirs-vineyards.co.uk/shop/vouchers/ Call: 01531 890223

 

Harts Barn Cookery School – Foodie Classes, Experiences and Vouchers

Chocolate making, cooking for kids, men in the kitchen, a takeaway experience and more as well as vouchers for different monetary amounts. Select from a range of foodie gift vouchers to be used at this brilliant award-winning ‘cooking for all’ school in a beautiful historic location.

Website: https://www.hartsbarncookeryschool.co.uk/store/products/category/voucher/ Call: 01452 831719

The Angel Hotel, Abergavenny – Gifts, Afternoon Tea and More

This stunning Georgian hotel in the heart of historic 

Abergavenny offers a wide range of gift vouchers including for their award-winning afternoon teas, dining and overnight stays as well as gifts including teddy bears and cast iron teapots!

Website: https://the-angel-hotel.vouchercart.com/ Call: 01873 857 121

Forest Deli – Vouchers for Ultimate Foodie Indulgence

This brilliant local delicatessen has a huge range of products from across our area including cheese, bread, chocolate, condiments, beer, wine, cider and spirits, and their monetary gift vouchers can be used on absolutely everything! Vouchers can be purchased over the phone, by email or in store and hampers can be purchased in store.

Website: https://forest-deli.co.uk/ Call: 01594 833001

The Speech House Hotel and Restaurant – Gift Vouchers

Indulgence packages, explorer breaks, dinner, afternoon tea or overnight stays are all available in this stylish hotel in the heart of the Forest of Dean. Call or email to purchase as gift vouchers.

Website: https://www.thespeechhouse.co.uk/gift-vouchers/ Call: 01594 822607

 


Top Tipples

Foxtail Gin – Herefordshire Gin and Gift Experiences

Original and flavoured Herefordshire gins, hand crafted in small batches using traditional and handpicked local botanicals. Bottles and gift packs are available to purchase on their website. Tasting experiences and masterclasses are also available as gift vouchers – email or call to purchase them.

Website: http://foxtaildistillery.co.uk/ Call: 01989 485125

 

 

Hillside Brewery – Beer and Much More Besides

For the beer-lover in your life, select from this amazing range of Forest of Dean beers, with gift packs including classic engraved beer glasses, craft specials and yes, even beer infused soap (we hope it gives a good foam…) and jam! Gift vouchers, experience days and brewery tours are available to purchase online too.

Website: https://www.hillsidebrewery.com/ Call: 01452 830 222

Westons Cider – Classic Herefordshire Cider and Perry

Authentic British ciders made in Herefordshire since 1880 using 100% local, home-pressed apples, all available to buy in their online shop. Why not try the ‘Cider Makers Choice’ – a selection pack containing 6 bottles of Westons’ bestsellers.

Website: https://www.westons-cider.co.uk/shop/ Call: 01531 660 108

 

Apple County Cider Co. – Monmouthshire Cider and Perry

Cider and perry made on the family farm in Monmouthshire – ‘the apple county of Wales’! Gift boxes, engraved glasses, mugs and gift vouchers for a cider tasting and tour or orchard picnic are available too.

Website: http://applecountycider.co.uk/shop Call: 01600 750835

 

 

Ty Gwyn Cider – Cider from the Black Mountains

Traditional draft ciders which are naturally still as well as bottled ciders which are lightly sparkling. Three of their ciders each won a Great Taste Award for 2018 and are available in gift packs. They also have a range of accessories and clothing.

Website: http://www.tygwyncider.co.uk/buy-ty-gwyn-cider/ Call: 01981 241181

 

Bespoke Brewing Co. – Choose Your Own Beer Selection Pack

A pick ‘n’ mix selection is available here from this award-winning traditional brewery based in the Forest of Dean. A bespoke labelling service also means you can get a bottle personalised with your own wording and design.

Website: http://bespokebrewery.co.uk/shop/crate/ Call: 01594 546426

 

 

 


Arts and Crafts

Mary Rose Young Pottery – Beautiful Handcrafted Ceramics

Internationally renowned ceramic artist Mary Rose Young has her studio and shop right here in the Forest of Dean. Her ‘Alice in Wonderland’ pottery is vibrant and unique and a wide range of her pieces are available to purchase online including plates, mugs, teapots, vases and chandeliers and Christmas-themed items including baubles and a Christmas tree vase!

Website: https://www.maryroseyoung.com/shop/ Call: 01594 563425

Creates Gallery Monmouth – Art, Sculpture and Jewellery

This independent art gallery offers original artwork in a wide range of media including stunning paintings, sculptures and even jewellery. Many of their pieces can be bought online so if you’re looking for a truly one off piece of art for that special person in your life this is the place to go!

Website: https://www.createsgallery.com/shop/ Call: 07535 160712

Rachel Shilston Inspiring Creativity – Crafts, Kits and Gifts

A stunning range of products from this inspiring and talented local artist and art facilitator. Choose from mosaics for the wall, pendants, mugs, coasters, tea towels and more. There are also crafty make-your-own kits for a range of products or why not purchase in advance and make your own homemade Christmas gifts this year! Vouchers are also available.

Website: https://www.rachelshilston.co.uk/shop Call: 01594 844221

Reckless Designs – Handmade and Hand-Painted Pottery

Stunning Forest of Dean pottery, finished in an array of colours, oxides and precious lustres as well as furniture all for sale in their online shop. Based in Coleford, you can also paint your own in store and take part in a range of pottery classes.

Website: https://reckless-designs.co.uk/ Call: 01594 810504

Eastnor Pottery – Pottery Experience Days

Escape to the country and spend a relaxing day or weekend learning how to make pottery on the potter’s wheel with Eastnor Pottery and the Flying Potter! Situated on the Eastnor Castle country estate amidst the idyllic Herefordshire countryside their vouchers offer a very special creative experience.

Website: http://eastnorpottery.co.uk/eastnor-pottery-gift-vouchers/ Call: 01531 633886

Spirit of the Green Man – Garden Sculpture, Jewellery, Artwork and More

This wonderful shop has a large selection of handcrafted sculptures including their signature green men and moon gazing hares plus artwork, jewellery, crafts and gifts all available to purchase online. Their shop is based in Tintern at the Abbey Mill.

Website: https://spiritofthegreenman.co.uk/ Call: 02920 850501

 

Warehouse 701 – Furniture, Garden Features and More

A diverse range of indoor and outdoor furniture and features including unusual reclamation pieces, ornaments for the garden and everything you need for painting and decorating. All available to purchase online. Their 15 showrooms are set in a former wartime munitions factory near Hereford.

Website: https://www.warehouse701.co.uk/ Call: 01432 375510

 

Ruardean Garden Pottery – Handcrafted Pottery and Experience Gift Vouchers

A wide range of handthrown terracotta and distinctive pots such as fern pots, landscape pots and sphere planters are available to purchase online. Gift vouchers are available for half-day, full day and weekend pottery throwing classes held throughout the year.

Website: https://www.ruardeanpottery.com/gift-vouchers Call: 07752 900328

 


Action Packed Activities

Pedalabikeaway – Cycling Days, Courses and Coaching

A great range of options for anyone looking to hone and enhance their cycling skills in this stunning Forest of Dean location. Choose from core skills days, progression classes, coaching and leadership courses and ‘jumps and drops’ days!

Website: https://pedalabikeaway.co.uk/coaching/ Call: 01594 729000

 

 

Inspire2Adventure – Outdoor Activities and Experience Days

With a wide range of activities available across the Wye Valley, Forest of Dean and South Wales give a gift voucher this Christmas for an experience day, a combination of activities or even a weekend experience. Activities include gorge scrambling, climbing, canoeing, stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and guided mountain biking.

Website: https://www.inspire2adventure.com/inspire_vouchers Call: 01600 891515

Go Ape – Experience Gift Vouchers

Choose from Tree Top Adventure, Forest Segway or Tree Top Junior with combinations available and monetary amounts too. A great fun day out in the Forest of Dean!

Website for purchasing: https://goape.co.uk/gift-vouchers See the locations: https://goape.co.uk/days-out/south-west/forest-of-dean

 

 

Great Escape Flying – Adventure Flights

If you’re struggling to find the gift for someone who has everything – how about a flying experience? Great Escape Flying offer trial lessons, air experience flights and day escapes providing a full day of flying all from their base near Highnam in Gloucestershire.

http://www.greatescapeflying.com/the-flying-shop/ Call: 01594 832 816

Forest of Dean Adventure – Outdoor Adventure Gift Vouchers

Fun family friendly outdoor adventures in the heart of the Forest of Dean. Choose between archery, climbing, high ropes adventure challenge and/or assault course. Combinations are available including half-day and full day experiences. Click on the activity or contact to purchase.

Website: http://www.forestofdeanadventure.co.uk/ Call: 01594 821003 Email: [email protected]

Wyedean Canoe & Adventure Centre – Canoe Hire and Activity Day Gift Vouchers

Enjoy an adventure in the beautiful Wye Valley with these exciting gift vouchers. Choose between canoe hire or activity days/half-days including climbing, caving, abseiling, high ropes, stand up paddleboarding and/or archery all available at the Wyedean Canoe Centre at Symonds Yat in the Wye Valley.

Website: https://wyedean.co.uk/gift-vouchers.html Call: 01600 890238

 

BattleSports Glos – Laser Combat Gift Vouchers

How about a gift experience for an outdoor adventure more explosive and heart-pounding than any movie or video game?! With purpose built game zones in open rural terrain, an assault course, and a close-quarters maze, a BattleSports Christmas gift voucher will go down a treat with adrenaline-lovers.

Website: https://www.battlesportsglos.com/prices/booking/ Call: 07587 144424

 

Battlelands – Herefordshire Activity Vouchers

A family run centre in the Herefordshire hills offering paintball, splatmaster or laser clay shooting, vouchers can be used towards any of their three activities which is great when buying for someone else – let them make the decision!

Website: http://www.battlelands.co.uk/vouchers2019.html Call: 01981 240896

Whitecliff 4x4 – Off-Road Driving Experience Gift Vouchers

An exhilarating off-road driving experience, Whitecliff 4x4 is suitable for everyone from beginners to professionals, and those looking for a fun day out. Half-day and full day gift vouchers are available to purchase on their website.

Website: https://whitecliff4x4.co.uk/gift-vouchers-2/

DBC Leisure – Shooting School Gift Vouchers

Vouchers are available for a day of clay pigeon shooting, air rifle or archery at this premier Forest of Dean shooting school. All activities are suitable for absolute beginners through to those looking to hone their skills. Call or email to purchase gift vouchers.

Website: http://www.dbcleisure.co.uk/ Call: 01594 833940


Experiences and Attractions

Puzzlewood – Annual Passes and Gift Vouchers

You can purchase a gift voucher for either a day visit or an annual pass to this iconic location in the Forest of Dean. Ideal for all ages, with adult, child and family tickets available, or choose an annual pass which is the gift that keeps on giving! Email or call to purchase.

Website: https://www.puzzlewood.net/index.php/puzzlewood-prices-and-opening/puzzlewood-opening-hours Call: 01594 833187

Dean Forest Railway – Steam Train Gift Vouchers

Do you know someone who’s always dreamed of driving and firing a steam locomotive? Then you can give them a once in a lifetime gift with a Dean Forest Railway gift voucher! Branchline experience courses, footplate experience days and cream tea & steam train experience vouchers are available too.

Website: https://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk/gift-vouchers Call: 01594 845840

 

 

Float in the Forest – Floatation Gift Vouchers

Give the gift of floatation this Christmas – a truly relaxing blissful experience, it will be available at this new* centre in the Forest of Dean. Your gift card will be beautifully presented inside a seasonal greeting card which is blank for your own message. This comes complete with an envelope and a leaflet explaining what is included in the gift. *Opening Spring 2019.

Website: https://floatintheforest.co.uk/pricing/#xmas-gift-cards Call: 01594 715215

Forest of Dean & Wye Valley School of Photography – Gift Vouchers

Give the gift of expert photography tuition this Christmas. One to one training with a professional photographer and tutor is the ideal way to learn or advance photography skills in an idyllic setting. Suitable for all levels and ages. Call or email to purchase vouchers.

Website: http://www.davidbroadbent.com/photo-school.html Call: 07771 664973

 

 

Briery Hill Llamas – Llama Trekking Experience Gift Vouchers

Unique llama trekking experiences with or without afternoon tea are available on this beautiful llama farm in Newent, Gloucestershire. With experiences starting from 1 and a half hours, this is sure to be an unforgettable experience. Call or email to purchase gift vouchers.

Website: https://www.brieryhillllamas.co.uk/ Call: 01989 720 517

Humble by Nature – Rural Skills and Crafts Gift Vouchers

A working farm just outside Monmouth in the Wye Valley, gift vouchers are available for a wide range of courses and events including smallholding & animal husbandry, rural skills, food & cookery and crafts & skills courses.

Website: https://www.humblebynature.com/product/humble-by-nature-gift-voucher/

Hilltop Birds of Prey – Experience Day Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers are available for half-day, full day and one hour experiences allowing the recipient to learn about, hold and fly a beautiful collection of owls, hawks, buzzards and falcons. Vouchers can be purchased online.

Website: http://www.hilltopbop.com/page21.htm Call: 07874 042739

Wanderlust Camper Co - Campervan Gift Vouchers

Make lasting memories in 2019 with a glamping-style campervan hire. Whether it be an adventurous roadtrip, a fun family holiday or a fabulous festival experience, the Christmas gift vouchers can bring you a little closer to that magic and excitement of holiday planning, with a bonus of a lovely gift voucher to put under the tree to open on Christmas Day!

Website: https://www.wanderlustcamperco.com/christmas-gift-vouchers.html Call: 0845 388 95958


1 December 2018