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Things to do in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

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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 Tree Top Adventure

Every year, nearly half a million people Go Ape in the most awe-inspiring locations. So whatever your ability, join us if you fancy taking on zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders & more.

Activity in or near Parkend

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

Forest Segways at the Forest of Dean

Explore the Forest on the latest in green technology – a self-balancing electric segway

Activity in or near Parkend

Puzzlewood

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

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

Littledean Jail

This former house of correction, police station and courthouse is proud to be a most unorthodox, historical visitor attraction.  Home of the infamous CRIME THROUGH TIME MUSEUM and the largest collection of QUADROPHENIA memorabilia.

Attraction in or near Cinderford

Caldicot Castle Country Park

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the Castle’s exciting past. Caldicot Castle’s impressive structure is surrounded by an idyllic 55 acre Country Park.

Attraction in or near Chepstow

Harts Barn Cookery School

Cookery School for all ages and budgets. We offer holiday activities, parties, hire a chef service, cooking and baking classes. Seasonal foraging and bespoke activities for family groups and friends.

Activity in or near Longhope

Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre

Off-road cycling centre, bike hire, cafe, bike shop, workshop, toilets, showers, bikewash, parking. Traffic free cycle trails for all abilities in the beautiful Forest of Dean.

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

Yeehaa Outdoor Pursuits and Survival School

Family run outdoor provider, working mainly in the Forest of Dean. Over 30 years experience. Learn some new skills and have fun! Yurt accommodation also available.

Activity in or near Newent

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

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