Things to do in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

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The market towns and picturesque villages of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley have a unique character and charm of their own. Nestled throughout the area are an impressive number of small independent shops where you will be met with a friendly personal service.

There are butchers and bakers, traditional sweet shops and Labels Outlet in Ross-on-Wye plus several delicatessens offering a range of local produce.

The area's craft centres are also great places to spend a few hours and provide lots of ideas for unique gifts and souvenirs or to learn a new craft at one of the many workshop sessions.

Taurus Crafts

Vibrant art and craft centre with art studios. Craft units. Working pottery. Design led gift shop. Organic delicatessen. Licensed wholefood restaurant. Programme of activities & art exhibitions.

Attraction in or near Lydney

Warehouse 701

Welcome to our Reclaimed World. 15 diverse showrooms set in a former wartime munitions factory. We have created a destination like no other; a renovation resource and a celebration of days gone-by.

Attraction in or near Hereford

Lydney - Gateway to the Forest

A historic market town on the Southern edge of the Forest of Dean. Called the 'Gateway to the Forest' the town offers a great place to visit and explore, with a range of shops and attractions.

Attraction in or near Lydney

Stella Books

30000+ out of print and rare books in stock.  Open every day.  Art to zoology, something for everyone.

Attraction in or near Tintern

Tudor Sweets

So many of the sweets that you loved as a kid just don’t seem to be around any more so people are delighted to find that their old favourites are still available from this speciality sweet shop in Ross-on-Wye.

Attraction in or near Ross-on-Wye


MOOT home & garden is a delightful discovery of wonderful temptations. A high St shop with fun & exclusive gifts & home accessories including mugs from Magpie & handmade cushions from local designers.

Attraction in or near Coleford

The Patchwork Basket

The Patchwork Basket offers a friendly service and ample space to browse and discuss all your quilting needs from an extensive stock of fabrics, wadding and notions.

Attraction in or near Newent

Brockweir and Hewelsfield Village Shop

The Brockweir and Hewelsfield village shop, cafe and conference room is community owned and staffed by volunteers.  It is a traditional oak construction combined with sustainable technology and specialises in local food.

Attraction in or near St Briavels

Reckless Designs

Hand made pottery, finished in an array of underglaze colours, oxides and precious onglaze lustres. Paint your own pot and craft parties.

Attraction in or near Coleford


Newent lies in the north of the Forest of Dean, this attractive, un-spoilt market town has buildings dating back to the 13th century and a half timbered market house.

Attraction in or near Newent

Severn & Wye Smokery, Chef's Larder and Fish Counter

Experience our stylish delicatessen cum brasserie, showcasing the best local produce, superb hampers, wonderful fish and game. Above all the finest fish and seafood counter you'll find anywhere.

Attraction in or near Westbury-on-Severn

Tudorville Express & Post Office

Convenience Store and Post Office. Newsagent. Off-licence. Groceries. Veg. Fruit. Stationery. Greetings & post cards. New car park with ramp makes for safer shopping.

Attraction in or near Ross-on-Wye