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 as our businesses have been working hard to get procedures in place for social distancing, taking payments and cleaning, both for their customers and their staff and this is new to us all. Pre-booking is advised and please take the time to research and plan your trip to avoid disappointment.
Please read our Know Before You Go: Our Guide to Visiting the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Responsibly here.
What's Open Now
All car parks are open and many also have on site facilities:
Mallards Pike Lake - The cafe is open for takeaways and the toilets are open.
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 1st August for classes, ideal activity for families and friends.
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.
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.
Relaxing floatation experiences in the Forest of Dean will be available from 8th July. Pre-booking essential.
Reopening from Wednesday 8th July.
Now available for pre-booking, a range of outdoor adventure activities ideal for all to enjoy and a great fun day out in the surroundings of the Forest. Try your hand at archery, take to the trees with their high ropes adventures or take on the assault course. Situated next to the Forest Holidays site.
Reopening Saturday 18th July pre-booking available on their website.
Reopening Saturday 18th July from 10:30am and open 7 days a week until early September. The theme this year is 'adventure films' and will feature the Star Wars R2-D2 Giant Maze and Frozen Olaf Maze! See website for details.
Now open every day for leisure cruises along the River Wye, no pre-booking required just turn up.
Book a private falconry experience in the stunning Wye Valley countryside, with owl encounters, flying displays and photography experiences available too.
Family cooking classes, kids classes perfect for school holidays, afternoon teas, breadmaking and more. Takeaway Supper Clubs available or book a private class just for your group, hire a chef for at home catering or visit the new Forest Larder shop next door!
Mosaic workshops for all starting with a rainbow sun catcher workshop. Kits can also be purchased ideal to take home and do in your own time.
Reopening Friday 31st July, pre-booked tickets only. Demonstrations are at 12pm and 3:30pm. The cafe is open for takeaway drinks and snacks only.
Heritage railway trips through the heart of the Forest of Dean return 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.
Reopening Thursday 6th August.
Reopening Friday 7th August.
Reopening from Thursday 13th August and open Thursday-Sunday from now on. The Gruffalo trail is open, the playground and craft hut will remain closed.
Access to the inner castle is now available Tuesday to Sunday (11am-3pm), there is a small cafe selling ice cream. The towers remain closed. The country park and car park are open every day.
Reopening on Friday 28th August with limited access and opening days.
Reopening Thursday 3rd September.
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.
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, takeaway picnics available too (not open every day please check their website).
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.
Reopening from 27th July and 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.
Reopening from Wednesday 29th July, make the most of their lovely homecooked food and spacious beer garden. Tables inside must be pre-booked.
Reopening Friday 31st July under new management with a new menu and a takeaway service.
Large menu and the hotel is now open also in the heart of idyllic Tintern.
What's Not Opening:
The following attractions are remaining closed: The National Diving and Activity Centre (other than for diving), The Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, The Wye Valley aMazing Hedge Puzzle, Forest of Dean Adventure's Climbing Tower at Beechenhurst.
Accommodation: Camping in the Forest at Bracelands is remaining closed for 2020.
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.
Current Government Guidance:
In addition to the above, our accommodation providers are now able to reopen. However that does not mean they all will be. Please book 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 all of our businesses are able to open.
Travel restrictions in Wales have been lifted and tourist attractions are able to reopen. Again this does not mean they will be so please check in advance.