Places to stay, things to do, good food and drink
Father’s Day is just over a week away, and with everything from gourmet train journeys to archery on offer, the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean is the perfect place to spoil dad.
Before the big day, you’ll need a gift and Hot Pot Pottery is offering to fire and prepare mugs by Sunday 14th June. Just pop on Friday 12th or Saturday 13th June between 11am and 4pm and they’ll have your handiwork ready to go by lunchtime on Sunday. At the discounted price of £9 per person, it’s the perfect choice for a thoughtful present.
For adventurous dads, Clearwell Caves is offering 10% off for all the family on 21st June between 10am and 5pm. Take in the spectacular show caves, along with the Secret Forest woodland, with general entry or head 200ft underground on the Deep Level Trip. After a days exploring, stop by the Caves Café for a traditional miners ‘snowle’ of delicious local bread, cheese and pickles.
Why not raise a glass to dad at the stunning Parva Farm Vineyard on Saturday 21st June where a free vineyard tour and wine tasting is on available. And don’t forget to pick up a souvenir from their farm shop which is well stocked in mead, cider and perry as well as their own award-winning wines.
For those dads who like to try their hand at something new, Oldfield Forge Academy run blacksmithing experiences where you can take your turn at the bellows and forge your very own keepsake. For a full day’s fun, Family Time Packages are available all weekend which can include three hours of forging and a delicious BBQ in the Oldfield Forge Woods.
Bring a picnic along to The Speech House Hotel on Saturday 20th June and enjoy the Proms in the Park in their beautiful grounds. With tickets from just £10 and music from Ladbroke Silver Band, a re-enactment of the battle of Sealed Knott and fireworks as the sun sets, it promises to be an unforgettable day.
Pick up a bow at Puzzlewood on Sunday 21st June with Forest of Dean Adventure . For the normal admission charge to Puzzlewood, dads accompanied by children up to the age of 18 will be able to take part in a free archery session. Old Station Tintern are also drawing their arrows with free archery lessons when with a paying child – booking is essential (01291 689566).
Dads can work on their putting skills at Krazy Golf Lydney on Father’s Day. Day passes will be free for all dad’s accompanied with a full paying visitor.
The steam railways of the Forest of Dean offer a relaxing journey through the beautiful summer woodlands and surrounding glades. Perrygrove Railway is offering free entry to all dads with a full paying child. Hop off to explore the walkways through the ancient Perrygrove woods or enjoy a picnic at Foxy Hollow.
For a luxurious trip through the forest, catch the ‘Royal Forester’ at Dean Forest Railway. For £39 each, dad can enjoy a superb 3-course meal prepared by the on-board chef while the restored steam
locomotive winds along its 8.5 mile trip.
With so much going on, why not make a weekend break of your trip to the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean? The stunning Old School cottage, nestled in the breath-taking Monmouthshire countryside is available at 25% off this Father’s Day week. For £562.50, six people can enjoy 5-star luxury in the Wye Valley including complimentary wine and nibbles on the terrace.
For more ideas on things to do, visit http://www.wyedeantourism.co.uk/