12 New Year Resolutions: Month by Month

Walking in Wye Valley © Wye River Festival
Walking in Wye Valley © Wye River Festival

Haven’t decided on a New Year resolution yet? Get fit? Learn something new? Challenge yourself? They can all be done here in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley!

Here are some ideas to inspire you – it’s keeping them that’s the hard part…

Dry Januarys made easy – Yes, we’re all looking to cut down on our alcohol intake this year, but even the heavyweight teetotallers waver when catching a glimpse of a fully-stocked hotel minibar. How about booking a self-catering holiday in the Forest of Dean? Spend your days outside with nothing but fresh air to gulp on!

February: be a better cook than your Valentine – Is this the year you’ll pick up the wooden spoon instead of the phone when feeling peckish? Harts Barn Cookery School in the Forest of Dean teaches you how in a new series of ‘Takeaway Specials’ including Curries of the World, Taste of Thai and Mexican classes – a healthier way to eat in! Other new classes include ‘Low Carb -High Veg’, or for the meat lovers try their ‘Butchery Classes’ – learn how to smoke, cure, make sausages and butchery skills. Classes from £45.

Become bike confident in March! There is no better place to practice your skills on two wheels than in the Forest of Dean with a whole host of bike centres with bike hire and guidance available. 

Indulge, then walk it off again in April – Fed up of gluttonous holidays spent draped across sun loungers simply waiting for the next meal? Try a different type of break in the Forest of Dean –  with so many stunning walks available as well as several walking festivals taking place throughout the year, you can enjoy burning off the calories as much as eating them!

Family cycling in the Forest of Dean
Family cycling in the Forest of Dean

May Bank Holidays away – this year make sure you make the most of those three-day weekends and pack up your Bank Holiday with activities! Abseil, canoe, zip down a zip wire, kayak, climb, mountain bike and more! 

June: Learn to dive! – You don’t need to venture to exotic seas to learn to scuba dive – you can have a go right here in the Forest of Dean at The National Diving and Activity Centre in Chepstow! Enjoy exploring their underwater universe then use your PADI diving licence anywhere in the world…

July London Marathon? Meh! – If pounding down pavements isn’t your thing, did you know we have a full marathon every October in Mallards Pike Lake? Choose to run from 5k right up to the full marathon, depending on how brave you’re feeling!


August: get kids away from screens – If your New Year resolution as a parent is to cut down time spent in front of the TV or games, the Forest of Dean is the place to do it! We can guarantee that climbing trees, zooming down forest lanes on mountain bikes or learning how to build a fire with bushcraft is far more exciting than their pixelated entertainment!

September: autumn splendour – As the Forest comes alive with colour and the kids head back to school, this is the perfect time for a quick getaway. Check out all the great value hotels  in the area for some inspiration.

October: eat local – With great food festivals such as Forest Showcase, why not make it your promise to shop local and eat local in 2015? With such an amazing variety of local produce on offer in the area, there’s no need to settle on supermarkets.

Get-together in November: spend more time with family – if you can’t get round to organising a reunion over the busy Christmas period, get a date in your diary for November! Watch the fireworks, enjoy winter walks and pile into one of the fantastic group accommodations on offer. 

December: don’t leave it as late as last year!
Has it creeped up on you this year? Don’t make the same mistake in 2015 and start planning your Christmas present buying early! With so many exciting events happening in the lead up to Christmas, there’s no such thing as being too organised…


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