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Things to do in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean


The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley is home to a great range of attractions - some man-made, some completely natural but all of them well worth a visit. You may wish to discover the area's history, or enjoy a stroll around a nature reserve.

There’s an array of family oriented attractions where you can all have fun, relax or enjoy some animal magic. On rainy days there’s also plenty to do from museums to caves or how about spending some time riding a steam train through the forest or taking a cruise down the River Wye.

There really is no shortage of ideas for things to see and do in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.

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Go Ape


Puzzlewood is a magical day out in the Forest of Dean. An enchanting, ancient woodland, filled with fantastic tree and rock formations. A popular TV & Film location for the BBC and Warner Bros.

Attraction in or near Coleford

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure

Award-winning outdoor adventure for all in beautiful forests. Unleash you inner Ape on our Tree Top Adventure or explore the forest floor on our epic all-terrain Segways. A day out like no other.

Attraction in or near Parkend

Cycling in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley

The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley is perfect for cyclists of all abilities.

Activity in or near Coleford

Walking in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

Walking is one of the most popular outdoor activities in the area for both visitors and residents.

Activity in or near Coleford

Forest Adventure

Our activities provide a base for promoting Self-esteem, Co-operation & Teamwork with experienced instructors. Rock activities, Canoe & Kayak river adventures. Cave & overnight cave experience. Archery, Mountain biking, Bivuac weekends and more.

Activity in or near Coleford

Taurus Crafts

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

Activity in or near Lydney

DBC Leisure

Clay shooting, air rifle, archery tuition with friendly, experienced instructors; beginners, stag/hen parties, corporate events, & private shooting parties. On-site catering.

Activity in or near St Briavels

Way2go Adventures

Get Up, Get Out, Get Active. Guided Canoe or Kayak the River Wye. Sea Kayaking, Raft Building, Nordic Walking, and BCU Courses. Families, Stag/Hen parties, Schools/Youth group and corporate events.

Activity in or near Symonds Yat

Symonds Yat Canoe Hire Ltd

Hire single kayaks 2/3/4 person. Canadian canoes & transport up river. Hourly/Half day/Full day. Longer trips also available.

Activity in or near Symonds Yat

Dean Forest Railway

A 8.5 mile trip through the medieval forest to Parkend with steam and some heritage diesel train services. Free parking, cafeteria, museum and gift shop at Norchard station. Pay once - ride all day!

Attraction in or near Lydney

Forest Bushcraft

Learn bushcraft in the beautiful scenery and historic landscape of the Royal Forest of Dean. We teach all aspects of bushcraft including firecraft, tracking, hunting, fishing, shelter building, the use of tools such as knives and axes, foraging, and many other skills used by our ancestors.

Activity in or near Coleford


Inspire2adventure offer outdoor adventure activities including Gorge Scrambling, Canoeing, Mountain Biking, Climbing & Abseiling, Hill walking, and Orienteering. Half, full or multi-day activities.

Activity in or near Ross-on-Wye

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