Top ten wet weather activities in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean
Autumn has officially arrived with its beautiful array of colours and leaves – but also rain! But don’t let the wet weather get you down as there’s still plenty of activities available for the whole family to take part in, whatever the weather. In no particular order, here are some of our favourites:
- Clearwell Caves: A foolproof plan to escape the wet weather is to head underground. Why not experience the subterranean labyrinth that is Clearwell Caves? Explore the ups and downs of the caverns and head deep into the mines on a guided expedition.
- Dean Heritage Centre: For history, activities, galleries and attractions all under one roof, don’t hesitate to pay a visit to The Dean Heritage Centre. This 18th century mill stretches across five acres of woodland. Enjoy a host of daily arts and craft events.
- Hot Pot Pottery: At Hot Pot Pottery tea-room and gallery, you can try a pottery trial class, paint a pot, take in the pottery for sale or have a hot/cold drink and a delicious cake or lunch – what more could you ask! Their comfy sofas and wood burners ensure an enjoyable and cosy arty experience. Opening times for the tea-room and gallery are: 11-4, Fri – Sun, Easter – end Oct half term (inc. Thurs in summer hols and ALL Bank Holidays). Pottery painting is available whenever the tea-room is open and bookable in winter/spring by groups (7/8 or more). Catering is also possible. Pottery trial classes continue year-round and are possible most days, usually 11-1 or 2-4. Booking is required.
- Harts Barn Cookery School: If you’re a foodie and want to keep warm on a rainy day, why not pop down to Harts Barn Cookery School and try your own hands at a delicious meal? Suitable for all ages, you could create a range of things from bread to pastry – all baked in a beautiful wood fire oven.
- Perrygrove Railway: Sit back, relax and stay warm, all whilst taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Forest of Dean on an authentic narrow gauge steam engine train. The trains are fully enclosed, so you won’t have to worry about getting soaked!
- Aunt Martha’s Victorian Tea-Rooms: If you’re looking for an experience to remember, the Aunt Martha’s is the place for you. Step back in time and enjoy the traditional atmosphere, all while treating yourself to tasty homemade food and some tea.
- International Birds of Prey: The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean are very well known for its incredible wildlife, so get up close and personal to some of their feathery residents? Lucky for us, if the heavens open, the shows are moved inside.
- Chepstow Castle: This thousand year-old castle really showcases the wonderful history on offer in the local area. If the rain decides to pour, you can easily work your way into one of their on-site exhibitions which include medieval weapons!
- Taurus Crafts: If you’re an art lover, then try your hand at some carving at Taurus Crafts? Make a rubbing of your stone artwork to take away as a little memento, so you don’t forget the day!
- Inspire2Adventure: But who says that rainy days are for staying cooped up inside? Release your inner adventurer and have a blast whilst getting soaked at Inspire2Adventure, taking part in some fun activities including climbing rocks and through tunnels!
- Old Station Tintern: Boasting an excellent visitor centre, railway memorabilia, scale models, souvenir gift shop and award winning tea rooms, the Old Station has plenty to keep you busy.
For more ideas on how to keep everyone entertained this rainy season, visit http://www.wyedeantourism.co.uk/