Artisans and tasty treats

A haven of retailers, producers, vineyards, restaurants, cafés and pubs, you'll find fabulous food to fuel your adventures wherever you roam. You don't have to look too hard to find top-notch restaurants some with AA Rosettes and Michelin stars. Our talented chefs are spoilt by a natural larder of locally-sourced ingredients on their doorstep.

The beautiful surroundings of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley have long inspired artists, poets and craft workers. Visit galleries and studios that celebrate diverse skills such as weaving, jewellery making, pottery and photography, and are home to artisans, like Mary Rose Young Pottery where celebrity shoppers include Lily Allen, Burt Reynolds and Demi Moore.

Learn to throw at Eastnor PotteryGood with your hands? Why not craft a piece of creative ceramic to take home. Eastnor Pottery offers introductions to basic hand-building and wheel-throwing techniques while Taurus Crafts regularly host courses on pottery, painting, jewellery making and sculpture.

From cookery basics to artisan bread, pasta or cake making, Harts Barn Cookery School is the place for foodies who enjoy to cook as much as eat. It's a fun, affordable experience that leaves all ages with the confidence and enthusiasm to create great grub.

After you’ve taken your fill of food, drink and artisan delights, stay a while and check in to one of our hotels, guesthouses, self-catering cottages, lodges and rustic or glamorous campsites.