What's Open? Updates as Businesses Reopen in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley
As our businesses gradually reopen after lockdown we'll be adding information here about what there is to see and do in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. Please be patient with our businesses as they are working hard to get procedures in place for for social distancing, taking payments and cleaning, both for customers and their staff.
Please read our Know Before You Go: Our Guide to Visiting the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Responsibly here.
Many of our cafes, pubs and restaurants are already open for takeaway, and our delis and farm shops are open too. Why not pick up a picnic, order a hamper or enjoy a snack or cold drink to enjoy on your visit.
Looking for a late break? See our late availability this July and August in some of our gorgeous rural accommodation here.
What's Open Now
All car parks are open and many also have on site facilities:
Beechenhurst - The on site cafe is open for takeaways and the toilets are open with a social distancing policy in place. The playground is closed as are the other activities but the sculpture trail is open.
Mallards Pike Lake - The cafe is open for takeaways and the toilets are open. Cafe open 10am to 4pm Thursday to Monday at the moment. Outside eating only.
Symonds Yat Rock - The cafe is open for takeaways and the toilets are open.
Now open for pre-booked bike hire. The car park, shop and repair centre are open and the cafe is open for takeaways Thursday-Monday only. Bikes must be returned by 4.30pm.
Now open for members, guests and visitors. One to one lessons are available and the driving range is open too.
Stand-up paddleboarding tuition and beginners' lessons available on Mallards Pike Lake in the Forest of Dean.
Open for bike hire plus the shop and repair centre are open and the cafe is open for takeaways. Advanced bookings only for bike hire.
Open for members and guests.
Open for 1-2-1 tuition on all aspects of photography in the great outdoors. Photowalking for mindfulness also available.
Wide range of local arts and crafts available in the centre of Ross-on-Wye.
Boutique shops all in one location with free parking. Cafe serving takeaways and a garden centre too. Their online shop is also available for a wide range of products.
Canoeing and kayaking are back on! Have a splash about on the river with Wye Adventures & Wye Canoes with half day trips available. England only.
Standard half day trips from Kerne Bridge to Symonds Yat in canoes or kayaks with minibus journeys limited to either 2 small household groups or 1 large household/bubble. England only.
The art shop and gallery in Monmouth is now open with shorter opening times. Many of their pieces can also be purchased online.
A magical ancient woodland known as a location for many films and TV programmes, they will be reopening on 3rd July with a new one-way system. Online booking on their website and limited numbers. An ideal family day out in a stunning location see their website for more details and their opening times.
Reopening 4th July for pre-booked pottery classes including the classic potter's wheel courses. Numbers are of course limited so book early!
This wonderful medieval castle will be reopening on 4th July too, Situated along the banks of the River Wye it's in a stunning location and has a great cafe too! You'll only be able to visit if you've pre-booked and you'll need to arrive during your time slot so check their website for more details.
Have fun swinging through the trees in the Forest of Dean this summer! Reopening from Saturday 4th July at both Mallards Pike and Beechenhurst on a limited capacity. Must be booked in advance on their website.
Painting kits are available for overnight hire. Gallery private browsing available. Reopening early August for classes.
Pottery classes resuming from 4th July.
Take the kids for a fun-filled train ride! Open daily from 4th July - 1st September. Cashless payments preferred. Screens have been installed in carriages, there are new one way systems and lots of hand sanitising stations.
With the news that many of our other businesses are able to reopen in July they are now making preparations too! Here's the latest information and what's going to open when and what you can book in advance:
What's Opening Soon
Outdoor adventure activities are back on with stand-up paddleboarding and rock climbing available for pre-booking only in the beautiful Wye Valley. Or combine the two for a fabulous SUP & Rock Day! Available from 6th July and all can be booked and paid for on their website. More activities will be added shortly too.
Heritage railway trips through the heart of the Forest of Dean from 1st August. Tickets must be pre-booked online to guarantee a seat. Boarding at Norchard Station only. Limited capacity and special timetable. No on train catering.
Relaxing floatation experiences in the Forest of Dean will be available from 8th July. Pre-booking essential.
Reopening from Wednesday 8th July.
What's not opening: The National Diving and Activity Centre is staying closed throughout 2020. Camping in the Forest at Bracelands is also remaining closed.
Food and Drink
In addition to the above Forestry England site cafes the below are opening in line with government guidelines:
Lunch, dinner, a drink in their gorgeous garden, a quick snack or a rural break, after 3 1/2 months of being closed The Speech House Hotel is reopening Saturday 4th July. Choose between the Orangery, the Verderers Court and the garden, weather permitting!
Reopening from 4th July - limited on numbers allowed inside and in the garden, so please if you're planning to visit even just for drinks please do call ahead.
Reopening from 27th July and now taking bookings for rooms and tables for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner for both residents and non-residents, although at a reduced volume and with lots of space between tables.
The Barn reopens Saturday 4th July.
Reopening Saturday 4th July.
Reopening Saturday 4th July with service in the beer garden only.
The cafe will be open from Saturday 4th July, the centre is not going to be open yet.
Reopening Saturday 4th July for drinks only. Making the most of their outdoor space and have put up a beer tent and several gazebos (in case of rain!). Inside is open too, but no bookings - first come, first served. The kitchen will reopen on Wednesday 8th July.
Reopening Saturday 4th July, limited capacity.
Many other businesses are also planning on reopening a little later on once they have their procedures and staffing in place, we will only post here once we can confirm they are open. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Summer holidays are back on! From 4th July our cafes, restaurants and pubs will be able to open as will our accommodation providers. However that does not mean they all will be. Please check in advance and please be patient as we are all new to this and there will be a lot of procedures to put in place before our businesses are able to open.
Travel to Wales from England for day trips will be allowed from 6th July and tourist attractions will be able to reopen. Again this does not mean they will be so please check in advance. Self-catering holiday accommodation and pubs/restaurants will be able to reopen from 13th July. Until then the stay local message remains and Wales is closed to tourism. Please do not travel to Wales at all until then.