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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..

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Be sure to check out more options from our extensive shopping guide, and if you are looking to purchase in person we have a great selection of independent shops and traders, including Taurus Crafts, with a Christmas market that sees over 30 traders join its 11 resident businesses and Made in Ross, an art gallery selling handmade crafts and locally produced art.


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. All available to buy online, this hidden gem uses local and organic ingredients wherever possible.

Website: www.thechocolatebarltd.co.uk/shop Call: 07855 229334

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

Sweet selections for all the family including a Ross on Wye mug filled with fudge and a tea towel gift set. All are available to buy on their website and make lovely Christmas gifts. The store is located in a beautifully renovated 17th century black and white half-timbered building in the centre of Ross on Wye.

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

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

Choose between a wide range of gift vouchers at this award-winning restaurant with rooms in the heart of the Forest of Dean including afternoon tea, wildlife safaris, foraging experiences, tasting menus and craft workshop making the perfect experience day gift for a loved one.

Website: 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, accommodation vouchers, dining experiences, and of course wine.

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

 

Harts Barn Cookery School – Foodie Classes, Experiences and Vouchers

This cookery school offers workshops in 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 which can be all redeemed at this ‘cooking for all’ school in a beautiful setting on the edge of the Forest of Dean.

Website: 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 for their afternoon teas, dining and overnight stays, as well as individual presents including teddy bears and cast-iron teapots.

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

Forest Deli – Vouchers for Ultimate Foodie Indulgence

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

Website: 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

Foxtail make 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.

Website: 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. Gift vouchers, experience days and brewery tours are available to purchase online too.

Website: www.hillsidebrewery.com Call: 01452 830222

Westons Cider – Classic Herefordshire Cider and Perry

Ciders made in Herefordshire since 1880 using 100% local, home-pressed apples, all available to buy in their online shop. Their Rosie’s Pig mulled cider makes for the perfect festive tipple.

Website: www.westons-cider.co.uk/shop Call: 01600 750835

 

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 containing a mix of ciders are available from their online shop.

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

 

 

Ty Gwyn Cider – Cider from the Black Mountains

Traditional draught ciders which are naturally still as well as bottled ciders which are lightly sparkling made in the foothills of the Black Mountains. Three of their ciders won a Great Taste Award for 2018 and are available in gift packs.

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

 

Silver Circle Distillery – Handcrafted Gin and Festive Small Batch Specials

Silver Circle Distillery handcraft Wye Valley Gin using botanicals that grow wild throughout the area and crystal-clear local spring water to create a fresh, crisp gin full of leafy, forest flavours. Speciality small batch gins are also available. Gins and liqueurs can be ordered from their online shop, with the option to gift wrap for Christmas.

Website: silvercircledistillery.com    

 


Arts and Crafts

Mary Rose Young Pottery – Beautiful Handcrafted Ceramics

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

Website: 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. With many of their pieces available online, this is the place to go if looking for a truly one-off piece of art for that special person.

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

Rachel Shilston Inspiring Creativity – Crafts, Kits and Gifts

Talented local artist Rachel Shilston has a stunning range of make-your-own mosaic kits available online for those looking to gift a lovely homemade gift this Christmas. Gift vouchers are also available that can be redeemed against a mosaic workshop or ‘Crafternoon Tea’ experience.

Website: www.rachelshilston.co.uk/store 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, there are also paint-your-own options in store and a range of pottery classes.

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

Eastnor Pottery – Pottery Experience Days

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

Website: http://eastnorpottery.co.uk/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

 

Hot Pot Pottery – Pottery Experience Gift Vouchers

This small pottery based in the heart of the Forest of Dean offers vouchers online which can be purchased for pottery throwing and painting experiences that make the perfect gift for those looking to learn a new skill.

Website: www.hotpotpottery.co.uk/vouchers          Call 01594 837943

 


Action Packed Activities

Wye MTB – Cycling Days, Courses and Coaching

A great range of experience days are on offer from their website for anyone looking to hone and enhance their cycling skills. Choose from core skills days, progression classes, leadership courses and women’s only guided rides.

Website: wyemtb.co.uk Call: 07887 998795

 

 

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

Website: goape.co.uk/gift-experiences Call: 01603 895500

 

 

 

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: 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

National Diving & Activity Centre – Zip Wires, Giant Swings, Aqua Parks and More

The perfect adrenaline fuelled gift from the National Diving & Activity Centre. Gift vouchers are available for experiences including a 700m long zip wire, a g-force inducing giant swing and an inflatable aqua park session.

Website: ndacactivities.angelfishbooking.co.uk/voucher.aspx#          Call: 01291 630046


Experiences and Attractions

Puzzlewood - Annual Passes and Gift Vouchers

Gift vouchers are available for either a day visit or an annual pass to this iconic and ancient woodland that covers 14 acres in the Forest of Dean. Ideal for all ages. Email or call to purchase.

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

 

 

Dean Forest Railway – Steam Train Gift Vouchers

With the opportunity to drive and fire a Great Western steam locomotive, a gift voucher to Dean Forest Railway could be a dream come true for a train enthusiast this Christmas. A cream tea and steam train experience is also available.

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

 

Float in the Forest – Floatation Gift Vouchers

Give the gift of floatation at the newly opened Float in the Forest. Floatation is a relaxation therapy where you float effortlessly on the surface of warm salty water, relaxing muscles and calming the mind. Gift cards are presented inside a seasonal greeting card with special offers available for multi buys.

Website: 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

Humble by Nature is a working farm on the outskirts of Monmouth run by TV presenter Kate Humble. They offer a wide variety of crafting and rural skills courses all available to gift as vouchers this Christmas. Experiences range from an intensive 24-hour lambing course and bee-keeping for beginners to creating a wood-fired pizza oven.

Website: www.humblebynature.com/product/humble-by-nature-gift-voucher Call: 01600 714595

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 by gifting the opportunity to hire a ‘glamping-style’ campervan. Whether for an adventurous road trip, a fun family holiday or a fabulous festival experience. There’s also the benefit of Christmas voucher recipients being offered a 10% discount on extras such as a pop-up tent, extra bedding and outdoor furniture.

Website: www.wanderlustcamperco.com/christmas-gift-vouchers Call: 0845 388 9958

Forestry England – Free Parking in the Forest of Dean

The ideal gift for those who love visiting the Forest of Dean is membership to Forestry England which includes free parking at all Forestry England car parks in the area, 15% off Go Ape, 12.5% off Forest Holidays and much more.

Website: www.forestryengland.uk/membership Call: 0300 068 0400

Forest Barn Falconry – Experience Days and Handling Courses

There’s a variety of falconry experiences on offer from the experts who handle and fly birds of prey located at the heart of this little hamlet of cottages near Littledean. From a beginner’s taster session to an in-depth course for serious falconers, all experiences can be purchased online as gift vouchers.

Website: www.forestbarnholidays.co.uk/falconryexperience Call: 01594 827 311

Wye Valley Falconry – Flying, hunting and photography experience vouchers

Gift vouchers are available for a wide range of experiences at Wye Valley Falconry. Choose from one-hour hawk walks, three-hour hunting experiences, bespoke photography classes and much more.

Website: www.wyevalleyfalconry.co.uk Call: 07955 630684


27 November 2019