Activities & Attractions for Groups

We’ve so much to see, do and enjoy … there will never be a dull moment for your groups.  We have our own groups social media activity @DeanWyeGroups, and you can find us on Facebook too. Below you will  find details of businesses that particularly welcome groups.

Dean Forest Railway 

Dean Forest Railway Running on the old Severn & Wye Railway route, we operate heritage Steam and Diesel hauled trains between Lydney Junction and Parkend. The 8.5 mile round trip winds its way through the Forest and gives a glimpse of the area's rich industrial heritage.

Our main station at Norchard, offers a large car park and has an award winning museum, as well as a new cafe and gift shop. Our stations are disabled friendly, and we have toilets on most platforms.

Time needed: At least 2 hours 

Type of group: We can cater for all group sizes and types. 

Near to: Lydney HarbourWhitemead Forest Park, Deanfield B&BEdale House. We have our own 80 seater cafe on site.

Dean Heritage Centre

Dean Heritage CentreThe Dean Heritage Centre is a museum, educational facility and visitor attraction site, set across a stunning and fully interactive five acre site, the centre protects and preserves the unique history and heritage of the beautiful Forest of Dean.

Time needed: At least 2 hours 

Type of group: Locals and tourists alike, people interested in local history, Family Groups, School Groups, Coach Parties.

Near to: Soudley Ponds, Cannop PondsGo ApePedal a BikeawayBeechenhurstDean Forest Railway, Paintballing, Clearwell CavesPuzzlewood. We have our own site cafe.

Eastnor Pottery and the Flying Potter

Eastnor Pottery and the Flying PotterRemarkable pottery and clay experiences for families, groups and individuals, designed to explore and develop creativity in all ages and abilities. Hen parties, family sessions, children's events, birthday parties, potter's wheel, school projects, creative development, festivals and pottery teambuilding. Visit our idyllic Herefordshire studio or ‘The Flying Potter’ can come to you.

Time needed: Min 1 hr - two days. Average 2.5hrs

Type of group: Families, Hen parties, Corporate away days

Near to: Eastnor Castle, Ledbury town centre has loads of places to eat and drink

Elton Giant Mazes

Elton Giant Mazes3 Themed Seasonal Giant Maize Mazes (covers 12 acres) and a Permanent Activities Maze (1 acre) with numerous obstacles, activities and challenges for children and adults to do together. Motion Sensors and Water Squirt Boxes to surprise you!

Outdoor attraction with undercover activity areas, 3,000 sq ft outside seating area, large cabin to seat 25, snacks, ice creams, BBQ and drinks. Courtyard games. Dogs are allowed in the 3 Maize Mazes, but not without express permission in the Activities Maze.

Time needed: 2 - 6 hours

Type of group: Works groups, Youth groups, Family groups

Near to: Littledean Jail, Littledean House Hotel, The Belfry Littledean, Pubs and Cafes in Littledean and Newnham on Severn.

Forest Hills Golf Club

Forest Hills Golf ClubLunches to groups. We have delicious, locally sourced food and a downstairs restaurant with excellent access for anyone with mobility problems, access directly from a main road and a large car park suitable for coaches.

Our restaurant can cater for groups from 2 to 200. Perfect for linking with a 'magical' day in the Forest on pretty much this theme, especially during Spring and Autumn.  Have a day in the forest with a local guide, stop at ours for lunch and then drive back via the Wye Valley.

Time needed: 2 hours

Type of group: Walking groups, Gardening Clubs, Special interest groups 

Near to: Forest Walks on the doorstep, all Coleford attractions. We're a mile away from Forest Cabins and Bracelands.

Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tour Guides

Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tour GuidesGuided walks, talks or commentaries for coach parties on the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.

Time needed: 1 hour (eg talk) to whole day for a tour or walk


  • Half day walk £50.
  • 1 hour talk £40.
  • Coach tour/Shorts tours £23/hour.
  • Price by arrangement, eg £100 to £150 for whole day.

Type of group: Coach Tours, Clubs and Association, Retirement groups, Stag/Hen weekend

Forest of Dean Adventure

Forest of Dean AdventureAdventure Activities in the Forest of Dean. Climbing, Adventure Ropes, Archery and Bushcraft.

Time needed: From 1hr to 8hrs

Type of group: Schools, Youth clubs, NEET's, Corporate, Stag and Hen.

Near to: Forest Holidays (luxury cabins), Bracelands Adventure Centre (bunkhouse), Camping in the Forest Bracelands site, Forest Holidays Cafe, Beechenhurst Cafe

Harts Barn Cookery School

Harts Barn Cookery SchoolCookery Classes, Holiday Activities, Bespoke Days, Supper Clubs, Parties, Venue Hire, Seasonal Events, Group Activities – combined cookery and craft/ outdoor activities.

Time needed: Half day to a whole day

Type of group: All ages and abilities – disabled access

Near to: Forest of Dean, Ross on Wye, Gloucester, Monmouth

Hillside Brewery 

Hillside Brewery Hillside Brewery is an exciting new Gloucestershire brewery, built on traditional skills and values. As well as beer sales we also have brewery tours and experience days.

Time needed: 1½ hours 

Type of group: Wide range of ages and groups as the site is also shared with Battlesports.

Near to: Battlesports, Chessgrove Shooting School, Harts Barn Cookery School, Farmers Boy InnSpeech HouseLea HouseRed Hart Blaisdon

Humble by Nature

Hillside Brewery Working farm & rural skills centre, farm shop & cafe. Café and accommodation on the farm.

Time needed: 1 hours 

Type of group: All types of groups.

Near to: Forest of Dean, Ross on Wye, Gloucester, Monmouth


Inspire2Adventure Inspire2Adventure are an outdoor adventure activity provider offering guided open canoe trips, gorge scrambling experience, guided mountain biking, rock climbing and abseiling, orienteering, high level ropes course and guided hill walking.

Inspire2Adventure are AALS licensed (L11204/R1293) and all our instructors are experienced practicing outdoor adventure professionals. Instructors are able tailor and adapt activity sessions to meet the experience and ability levels within the group.

We provide a tailored approach for our group customers and offer flexibility.

Time needed: Half day to multi days in duration.

Type of group: Youth groups, Schools and colleges, Corporate team building events and away days, Hen and Stag party, Social groups, Scouts 

Near to: The KyminPuzzlewood, Wyastone Concert Hall, Holly Tree HouseOld Court HotelTudor Farmhouse Hotel and Restaurant


PedalabikeawayBike hire, guided rides and tuition

Time needed: 3 hours or full day

Type of group: School, Youth and uniform groups, Corporate groups, Hen and stag groups

Near to: Forest of Dean Adventure - Beechenhurst, Biblins Campsite, Bracelands Bunkhouse and campsite, Speech HouseThe Fountain Inn, Pedalabikeaway café, The Woodman

Perrygrove Railway

Perrygrove Railway

We can offer groups the following;

  • Guided tour to our workshop and engine shed
  • An evening fish and chips supper, travelling to one of our stations, (Rookwood), by train where a picnic would be laid out
  • Hot chocolate and Cookie train during the winter months
  • Picnic train … travelling to one of our stations, (Rookwood), by train where a picnic would be laid out

Rookwood would be closed to the public so the group would have it to themselves, (this would be the same idea for the fish and chip suppers).

Time needed: 2 hours

Type of group: All types of groups

Near to: Coleford, Clearwell, Newland



Puzzlewood is a unique and magical forest with a mile of meandering pathways and over 200 steps set in 14 acres of ancient woodland. The paths take you through a wonderland of deep ravines of moss covered rocks, over wooden bridges and through fantastic tree and rock formations. A popular TV & Film location for Merlin, Dr Who, Atlantis, Warner Bros and more. Also onsite: Mazes, Playground, Farm Animals, Cafe and Picnic areas.

Time needed: Half day to a whole day

Type of group: Families, school groups, corporate days, social groups

Near to: Clearwell Caves, Perrygrove RailwayForest of Dean AdventurePedalabikeawayBeechenhurstTudor FarmhouseLambsquay HotelBells HotelSpeech HouseYHAThe Ostrich

Taurus Crafts

Taurus Crafts

Arts and crafts visitor centre and a base for 20 or so small artisan businesses. Host for a sculpture exhibition and art exhibitions. Experiences offered through craft units. Paint Your Own. Throw Your Own. Stone Carving. Jewellery making. Chocolate making. Knitting. Therapy sessions. Cafe on site.

Time needed: Open 7 days a week. Stay as long as you wish.

Type of group: Coach parties. Hen parties for crafts and therapies. Groups wanting to have a go at specific or different crafts.

Near to: National Diving & Activity Centre, Dean Forest RailwayTaurus Crafts CafeCowshill Farm Shop and Delicatessen








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