Feel the force in the Forest

The ancient woodland is a famous source of inspiration for writers including JRR Tolkien and JK Rowling, while the natural stage is a backdrop for popular film and television shows. The Forest is steeped in Arthurian legend with Merlin, the successful BBC fantasy drama, which returned to Puzzlewood, Clearwell Caves and several Forestry Commission sites for five series. 

We've hosted druids, dragons and unicorns as the area was transformed into a fantasy land fit for a magical adventure.  Whether it's ancient Greece, King Arthur's kingdom or a galaxy far, far away, the Forest of Dean stars in a string of Hollywood films, television series and documentaries.

They may be famous for planet hopping adventures in a galaxy far, far away, but Luke, Leia and the team descended upon the Forest of Dean to film Star Wars sequel ‘Episode VII - The Force Awakens’.

One of the first episodes of Doctor Who starring Matt Smith was filmed at Puzzlewood, BBC's Atlantis regularly films at Clearwell Caves, Symonds Yat, Speech House Lake, Moseley Green and Puzzlewood, and in CBBC's Wizards Vs Aliens, Puzzlewood is the site of an encounter between the schoolboy heroes and the Alien Nekross.  

Stay in a castle - the YHA in St BriavelsPuzzlewood made its feature Warner Bros film debut in 2013 in Jack the Giant Slayer, where it played host to Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci and many other household names.

Take time to reflect on our big screen and literary successes, stay a while and check in to one of our hotels, guesthouses, self-catering cottages, lodges and rustic or glamorous campsites.