Visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

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February half-term: events, activities & offers

We’re counting down the days till school’s out! 
The Christmas holidays seem like decades ago and we’re in need of a break… Not sure what to do with the kids?
Here’s what’s on in the area in the coming weeks with plenty of ideas to keep the little monsters occupied…
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Go Medieval during February half-term at St Briavels Castle
2015 is the 800th Anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta and  St Briavels Castle belonged to King John –  he even built himself a new wing when hunting in the Forest of Dean!
– Feast like a King – join a family fun banquet night for a dining experience with a difference. Craft sessions, dressing up clothes provided, full 3 course banquet and then all rounded off with a story or game of “Cluedo in the Castle” where the rooms are used as a game board. £15 per adult, £10 for 6-16 and £5 for under 6. 
-Squire Training – learn archery within the magnificent setting of the castle grounds (suitable for all adults and kids 7+)
-Castle Tours – find out where King John slept and feasted, and the secrets of the prison and hidden dungeon.
-Archery: £3 per person for a 30 minute introductory session.  Certificate provided at the end that they have become a squire in training of King John
-Tours: £2 per adult, £1 for under-18s, or £5 for a family ticket (2 adults and up to 6 children).  All aimed to be family friendly and interactive.  No ghost stories – unless requested by all!
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17th and 19th February – A family day out at Westons Cider 
Offering Tractor and trailer rides to see award winning Hereford cattle and sheep or say hello to residential shire horse, Ben and Prince. The play park will also be open on these two days with cider mill tours available too.
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19th – 22nd February – Budding young famers can come to meet the first lambs of the year and find out how to look after them
19th February – meet the animals, learn what’s growing under their feet and make a cheese sandwich by grinding wheat, churning butter and planting tomato seeds.
This year, for the first time, there will be a Lamb Cam up in the café’! Grab a coffee and slice of cake while you settle down to see what’s going on in the lambing shed and keep an eye on the new-born lambs.
©Humble by Nature

©Humble by Nature

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Ideas for activities:
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Instruction in the use of Recurve Bows provides fun and competition for all ages and sizes. The activity takes place at Worcester Lodge with its outstanding views, wonderful scenery and broadleaf woodland!
Archery Try Out: £7.50 30min 
Archery Taster: £15.00 1hr 
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Climb, swing, jump and dive your way around our high ropes activities. Join a team of qualified instructors on an adventure that will push you to your limits! £20.00 3hr
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A mined natural cave system covering an area of 600 acres. Visitors to the lower levels can descend to approximately 65m (210ft) and see interesting mining and natural features. Trips include simple crawling and climbing!
15th Feb, 18th Feb (3 hrs): Adults £25.00, Child £18.00
19th Feb, 21st Feb (2hrs): Adults £15, Child £12.00
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©Puzzlewood

©Puzzlewood

Ride along on these old steam trains which wind their way along a ¾ mile track through farmland and woods.There is a set of treehouses, and an Indoor Village: five houses connected by secret passages which are the perfect place for a game of hide and seek and provides hours of fun in all weather!  There is also a Treasure Hunt, where you receive a key and a map of clues, and are required to explore the woods, before unlocking your treasure at the Indoor Village.
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Explore a mile of meandering pathways, with its fantastic tree and rock formations, through this 14 acre ancient woodland. JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood, and it’s easy to see why.
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The club welcome divers of all abilities, adults or children, to teach new skills and enhance your diving experience. Their underwater attractions include a landrover lagoon, training platforms, an old cruisers/carriers, a diving bell and jet streams. There is also an equipment shop and cafe on site. (10 years or over) Guests can stay at Wigwams as an alternative accommodation option to be close to nature.
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The River Wye from Glasbury is a a beautiful and unspoilt stretch of river with tremendous views of the Black Mountains, Hay Bluff and Lord Hereford’s Knob.  Paddlers report sightings of kingfishers, sandmartins, herons, grebes and even the occasional otter! It is an ideal canoeing river with only a few grade 1-2 small rapids.
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Accommodation offers 
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NEW Seven activities for seven nights at Tudor Farmhouse, Forest of Dean
Book any of the rooms at full B&B rate, and for each night you stay get entry to one of the following attractions for free (stay for seven nights and get free entry to all seven!): Clearwell Caves, Puzzlewood , Perrygrove Railway  Dean Heritage Centre , Pedalabikeaway  Amazing Hedge Puzzle , Krazy Golf 
From £100-£180 per night Sun – Thurs
From £120-£210 per night weekend 
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20% off bike hire and special discount at Nagshead Cottage
An attractive stone built former Coach House which has been converted to provide a comfortable, well equipped, holiday home. It is beside a cycle track in a quiet no through road just off the cricket green in Parkend village. With a double and a twin bedroom it is ideal for a family of four!  Included in the special offer price of one week for £350  is a voucher for 20% off bike hire from Dean Forest Cycles
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