Forest Free for all

The Mushet momument at Dark Hill Iron Works
The Mushet momument at Dark Hill Iron Works

Who says history is just about grand houses?

As part of the national Heritage Open Days 2014 the Forest of Dean opens its doors and welcomes all for the long weekend of the 11th – 14th September.

Why not join in the celebration of the Forest’s fantastic history and culture by enjoying free access to venues and events specially arranged for the weekend and that are often closed to the public or which normally charge for admission?

Alfred Carpenter VC )with the cat)
Alfred Carpenter VC (with the cat)

The organisers, Coleford Area MCTI Partnership, are delighted to announce that dozens of free activities will be taking place in the Forest of Dean. This year marks twenty years of Heritage Open Days and the commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. Why not consider the Forest’s Great War connections by taking a guided walk in the footsteps of Edward Thomas and the Dymock Poets, exploring the story of St Briavels’ VC or sharing the stories of Broadwell’s fallen. For the kids and the young at heart there’s the magic of the Secret Forest, fun at Lydney Docks, the challenge of blowing their own trumpet with Pillowell Silver Band or the mayhem of St Briavels Castle- with dressing up and loads of activities to take part in (and a fabulous local produce and crafts market).

Free of charge and literally on people’s doorstep, Heritage Open Days is an event for everyone. Why not:

  • Meet the Deputy Gaveller
  • Join in the fun at St Briavels Castle & Lydney Docks
  • Explore the Secret Forest , “Historic Hartpury”, the Verderers’ Court at Speech House, the geomap at New Fancy, “the cathedral of the Forest” or Newnham’s Fish Hut
  • Discover local nineteenth and twentieth century engineering achievements at Dark Hill, Whitecliff furnace, Parkend Field Studies Centre or SPP Pumps, Coleford.
  • Taste and tour at the Bespoke Brewery at Mitcheldean & take in teas & coffees and a tour at St Michaels Church and the Xerox Museum at the Town Hall
  • Take in a tour at Clearwell, Yorkley or St Briavels
  • Examine the exhibitions at Lydbrook, Naas Lane Community Centre or Broadwell Memorial Hall
  • Walk with our guides around Lydney Docks, St Briavels, Clearwell or Yorkley villages,
  • Get on track with the Dean Forest Railway & GWR Museum in Coleford
The miners' brass at "The Cathedral of the Forest"
The miners’ brass at “The Cathedral of the Forest”

For full details see or visit or call the Coleford Area Partnership office on 01594 836469 to pick up a leaflet.  Alternatively download a copy.


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