Places to stay, things to do, good food and drink
What could be more magical this Christmas than a frost-covered woodland and mist rising off the river on a crisp December morning? When it comes to the festive season, The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean has plenty to impress everyone.
Get ready for the big day at Taurus Crafts where you can pick up beautiful toys and gifts as well and spoil yourself with delicious local food and drink. There will also be freshly cut Christmas trees waiting to be taken home. Or head to Dean Heritage Centre to create some seasonal crafts and enjoy festive treats in the magical yurt in the Heart of the Forest.
Written that all important letter yet? Take a break from the story trail at Krazy Golf Lydney to pen your Christmas wishes – be sure to make some special snacks to leave for the reindeer!
Christmas isn’t Christmas without some delicious food and Abergavenny has you covered. At the Abergavenny Christmas Food and Drink Festival you’ll find season produce from over eighty producers – more than enough to create a spectacular festive spread.
If you’d rather someone else takes care of the cooking, you’re spoiled for choice in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. Let Humble By Nature treat your taste buds to a Nordic feast, enjoy a delicious Christmas Wine Dinner, lovingly made by the experienced chefs at Glewstone Court, sample a traditional Sinterklaas feast at Aunt Martha’s Tea Room, relax at a Harts Barn Supper Club or take a leisurely vintage afternoon tea in Wyndcliffe Court Oak Ballroom.
Get your skates at Whitemead’s Winter Woodland at Whitemead Forest Park. With festive stalls, amazing food and a magical outdoor skating rink – it’s the perfect family day out this December.
Still looking for those last few presents? Clearwell Caves is hosting itsannual Christmas market in the ancient caverns and mines. While you shop, the little ones can follow the story of Evie’s Aeroplane all the way to a secret Grotto where you might just find a very special visitor…
Steam your way through the forest with Santa on board a working steam train at Dean Forest Railway or, catch him at Perrygrove where he’ll be telling stories and handing out presents while the grown-ups enjoy a warming winter drink and a mince pie.
The reindeer have landed at Puzzlewood so see if you can spot the handmade critters in between the trees and look out for a very special Christmas tree made using fallen branches adored with stockings by local craft makers. While you wait to say hello to Santa, make your own Christmas angels and forest fairies to decorate your tree at home.
Discover Santa’s spooky counterpart at Chepstow National Diving at Adventure Centre. Good St Nicholas himself will be stopping by during the day but at night you can meet Krampus the Christmas Devil to explain any bad behaviour!
Enjoy the magic of Christmas Past at The Angel in Abergavenny which will be transformed into an underground speakeasy inspired by the jazz age where debauchery meets style with suitable aplomb.
With something festive for everyone, The Wye Valley and Forest of Dean just can’t be beaten on fun this Christmas. Find out more about all the events taking place at www.wyedeantoursim.com