Places to stay, things to do, good food and drink
The snowdrops have bloomed and the spring sun has begun to shine so what better time to make the most of what the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean has to offer.
Wales Tourism Week (29 February to 6 March) leads into English Tourism Week (5 to 13 March) and there’s a host of activities and deals to help shake-off winter and spring into adventure.
A spring escape
On the weekend of the 4 March three can stay at the charming Vanilla Cottage for just £269 – including a bottle of sparkling wine. Or grab a 10 percent discount on a break at The Hollies. Enjoy a rural retreat at Foxes Reach cottage from 29 February and stay five nights for the price of three.
Looking for a hotel? The recently refurbished Crown at Whitchurch offers a 15 percent discount on direct bookings made during the Wales and English Tourism Weeks. Or there’s the stunning Wilton Court Hotel, near Ross-on-Wye, when there’s 10 percent off standard rates for dinner, bed and breakfast when you quote ‘Wales and England Tourism Week’.
Book a room for two or more nights at Dryslade Farm and enjoy a scenic tour of the farm with its rolling countryside and stunning views in a farm vehicle. Bring your wellies to visit its Hereford cattle in their winter barns.
Taste of the season
Want to learn more about where your food comes from? Head to Hanley Farm for a tour of its organic dairy farm then stop off at its farm shop to pick up some delicious produce.
Stir up a storm at Harts Barn Cookery with £10 off a £55 voucher that can be used against any of classes listed on our website – simply use the code TW2016. Fancy an award-winning tipple? From the 29 February to 13 March Three Choirs Vineyard offers two for one on daily tours and wine tasting.
When it comes to outdoor activities you’ll be spoilt for choice at Way2go Adventures. Book a free Nordic Walking taster session, 10am Saturday 5 March or a full Nordic walking technique course receive 15 percent discount off the normal price of £60 per person. Want to explore the Wye Valley from the river? Enjoy a two for one offer on a half-day guided canoe trip on the River Wye on Sunday 6 March.
Scramble to Inspire2Adventure for an exciting day exploring the gorges of Wales this summer. Book a Gorge Scrambling Experience for August between the 29 and 13 March for the reduced price of £34 per adult and £25 per child. Minimum age is eight years old and children must be accompanied by an adult. Quote WVFD2016 when booking.
Hit the trails with Dean Forest Cycles with two for the price of one when hiring bikes during Wales Tourism Week and English Tourism Week.
Learn how to survive and thrive in the wild on Saturday 5th March, 9.30am to 4.30pm when Forest Bushcraft offers a 40 percent discount off the normal prices (£70.00 per adult and £45.00 per child). Discover ancient skills that enabled our ancestors to live off the land.
There are plenty of ways to celebrate in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean – keep up to date with offers here.