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farOpen - Forest and Rivers Open Studios

Visit artists in their workshops and galleries during the annual Open Studios Event in the Forest of Dean, Wye Valley, along the Severn and Gloucester.

Attraction in or near Coleford


The annual farOpen Studios Trail gives you an unmissable opportunity to acquire affordable original artworks direct from the makers.

In June and July each year you can visit practitioners in studios, galleries and workshops in locations as far flung as Newent in the north and St Arvans in the South, Hartpury in the East and Penallt in the West.

Major exhibitions will be held at Taurus Crafts in Lydney and at The Dean Heritage Museum, Soudley before and during the open studios event.

The artists and makers who live and work here share a passion for the area with its idiosyncratic landscape and stalwart buildings, its rugged history of mining, metal working and forestry. They are always delighted to share with you their enthusiasm for the region that is the inspiration for much of their work.

Search out their studios at the end of forest tracks, tucked under the trees on the edges of villages, perched high on hillsides with magnificent views, or snuggling in the small towns that dot the region. You will find a warm welcome, great conversations and, quite possibly, tea and cake! And of course, a wealth of beautiful objects. 

Opening Times

4 to 12 July 2020

Outside these dates make appointments to view artists' work in their studios via details on the farOpen website or the Open Studios Brochure. 


  • Arts and Crafts
  • Attraction
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Families
  • Free
  • Group Activities
  • Heritage
  • Rainy Days
  • Single sex groups accepted


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farOpen's website shows studio locations and opening times on an interactive map. The website is continuously updated with the latest information.

From May a brochure is distributed to many public spaces throughout the Forest of Dean and wider surrounding area. 

  • Chepstow
  • Cinderford
  • Clearwell
  • Coleford
  • Gloucester
  • Goodrich
  • Huntley
  • Longhope
  • Lydbrook
  • Lydney
  • Mitcheldean
  • Monmouth
  • Newent
  • Newland
  • Newnham
  • Parkend
  • St Briavels
  • Symonds Yat
  • Tintern


You will find items to buy in the studios, all of them very competively priced.