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Towns and Villages in or near Coleford


Home to both local government and the Forestry Commission, Coleford is the administrative centre for the Forest of Dean.

The centre of the town has been designated as a Conservation Area and there are numerous buildings of historic interest. Coleford boasts its very own cinema, two excellent golf courses, the Great Western Railway Museum, a nearby off-road driving centre, plus a good range of shops, restaurants, cafes and hotels.

Just outside the town are some of the area's best know family attractions, including Perrygrove Railway, Puzzlewood and Clearwell Caves. Nearby, a number of picturesque villages, such as Clearwell, Newland and St Briavels can be found offering a warm welcome at local inns and hotels - the famous Symonds Yat Rock is just 3 miles away.

Notable people from Coleford include playwright Dennis Potter, Lady Edna Healey, wife of the Labour politician Sir Denis Healey and Robert Mushet, who perfected the Bessemer process for making steel in 1856. 

Coleford is also home to one of four tourist information points around the district. You can find the touch screen kiosk on Coleford High Street, just opposite Tesco.


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Coleford Festival of Words

3rd July 2017 - 9th July 2017
Explore how words tangle us up and amaze us

Held at Coleford in or near Coleford

Coleford Music Festival

22nd July 2017 - 23rd July 2017
A free family festival held in the town centre of Coleford, Forest of Dean

Held at Coleford in or near Coleford