Forest of Dean – Best Family Cycle Trail

The cycle path in the Forest of Dean has just been named by the Daily Telegraph as Britain's No 1 family cycle route.  The route is based upon old railway lines in the Forest, previously used for taking coal to the nearby river ports.  There are 15 miles of track with gradients suitable for all members … Continue reading Forest of Dean – Best Family Cycle Trail


Telstar – Joe Meek and Newent

Last week saw the film Telstar go on general release in the UK.  The film tells the story of Joe Meek, the 1960s Rock legend, who recorded some of the most iconic music in the pre-Beatles era.  Meek, although tone deaf was responsible for hits including Have I the Right?, Just Like Eddie, Johnny Remember Me  … Continue reading Telstar – Joe Meek and Newent

Highnam Court Gardens

Last week I visited Highnam Court Gardens just west of Gloucester on the edge of the Forest of Dean.  Highnam Court is a Grade 1 listed Queen Anne period house set in 40 acres of glorious gardens.  The current gardens were laid out in the 19th Century by Thomas Gambier Parry, the owner and father of … Continue reading Highnam Court Gardens

Open Studios in the Forest of Dean & Wye Valley

The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean are home to a large number of artists and crafts-persons and each year during July and August they open their doors to visitors.  This year 35 studios will be open during July and early August.  Full details of the event including the locations and open dates can be … Continue reading Open Studios in the Forest of Dean & Wye Valley

Railway planned for Forest of Dean

This could have been the headlines in 1809! ON JUNE 10, 1809 an Act of Parliament established the Lydney and Lidbrook (sic) Railway and, to mark the occasion, the Dean Forest Railway will be holding a special event over the weekend of June 13-14 2009.  The star of the weekend will be one of the two … Continue reading Railway planned for Forest of Dean

Winifred Foley – A Child in the Forest

"Wild, sweet days, spent in a small mining village deep in the Forest of Dean...Before the motor car had taken over from the horse and cart and before they built the Severn Bridge" Jenny Wren Productions presents the true story of Winifred Foley's childhood in the Forest of Dean in the 1920s and 30s.  An … Continue reading Winifred Foley – A Child in the Forest

Iron Men at Caldicot Castle

Visitors to Caldicot Castle on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June 2009 will have the opportunity to meet Norman knights - the men who first built Caldicot Castle - with their men-at-arms, camp followers and families. Whether you view these “iron men” as brutal oppressors or mighty warriors to be admired, the castles these skilled engineers … Continue reading Iron Men at Caldicot Castle

Britain’s Best Drive – The Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley

The River Wye from Symonds Yat RockHave you been watching Richard Wilson's drive through Britain in a vintage Austin Cambridge?  This week he arrives in our area.  He explains why many consider the Wye Valley to be the place where British tourism started and explores some of the mysteries of the Forest including freeminers and … Continue reading Britain’s Best Drive – The Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley