Reasons to Visit the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean this week

The Easter holidays may be wrapping up but there’s still plenty of things to do in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.

Walk with The Huntsman

Head to Puzzlewood to follow in the steps of Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron.

The Huntsman: Winter’s War, the latest blockbuster to showcase the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, hits cinemas this week. Key scenes were filmed in Puzzlewood last summer – did you spot it in the trailer?

Chepstow Walking Festival
The festival has now become firmly established on the walker’s calendar.

The Lower Wye Valley is beautiful at any time of the year but particularly so in Spring and there is no better way of an introduction to its’ landscape and heritage than to join one of the walks on offer during the Chepstow Walking Festival.

Each year the festival brings something new and this year by collaborating with local oraganisations and specialists who are in some way involved in the area, a landscape that you thought so familiar opens up before you.chepstow

If you are interested in wildlife, history, geology, stargazing or need to hone your bush-craft skills and try some wild camping to name just a few, then explore the programme of walks which can be found online at

The price is £5 per walk or a £10 Supersaver ticket which will entitles you to as many walks as you like.  Transport cost for linear walks are included in the ticket price.

Castle at War
On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April YHA St Briavels Castle is hosting  its third annual “Pop Up History” WW2 event, 11-4pm.  The weekend is a must for all WW2 enthusiasts with fascinating talks from a range of Volunteer Living History Enthusiasts, plus equipment displays and informative historical facts.

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St Briavels Castle

There will also be plenty to keep children entertained and educated about this important period of history; with a chance to test their physical fitness on the junior assault course, and their creativity at the craft table.

Kids Go Free.  

Adult entry is £2 pp

Refreshments (a celebration of Great British Favourites) are available.

Severn Bore
The Severn Bore is one of Britain’s few truly spectacular natural phenomena. It is a large surge wave that can be seen in the estuary of the River Severn.

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Surfing the Severn Bore

From the 7th-10th April will see some of the best Bores this spring in both the morning and evening. Head to the riverbanks around Minsterworth, Newnahm and Broadoak for some of the best views and catch sight of the surfers to ride the wave.

Pony Club

Enjoy two days of activities and learning at Severnvale Equestrian Centre.

Already have some riding experience? Come along on the 5th take part in a group lesson including horse-care and gymkhana games

Severnvale Equestrian Centre

The day consists of two group riding lessons, lots of horse care and stable management as well as gymkhana games.

On the 6th, the centre welcomes complete beginners for drop in session where you can meet the ponies and experience a 15 minute group ride.


5th April 10am to 4pm
Cost: £30.00 per child

6th April 2 – 4PM

Art In Nature

There are several beautiful exhibitions and fun activities at Art In Nature this week.
A display by Dutch lace maker Yvonne Scheele-Kerkhof, The Beauty of the Orient is an interpretation of Asian motifs.

She describes her work as ‘painting in thread’ and through these exquisite pieces she takes us on a journey to discover the beauty of the Orient and the meaning and symbolism of the designs.

The Beauty of the Orient

Inspired by nature in a single seedpod or insects sheltering in the tree canopy, a found treasure or beloved artefact, all the work within On the Edge is constructed using material such as handmade paper, rusty wire and recycled lace, charting a creative textile journey to a place that is On the Edge of traditional stitch practice.

For the little ones, there are a host of fun art and crafts days throughout the week:
Tues 31st March – Marbling
Wed 1st April – Animal Snappers
Thurs 2nd April – Easter Bunny Trail… a chocolaty treat awaits once you find them all!
Tues 7th April – Inspired by Henri Matisse; Paper Cuts
Wed 8th April – Copper Embossing
Thurs 9th April – Twinkling Wire Wishing Tree
Fri 10th April – Candle Making

Each workshop interprets the day’s theme using age appropriate materials and techniques:
10.30-12.00pm: for 3 – 7 years
1.00-2.30pm: for 3 – 18 years
3.00-4.30pm: for 8 – 18 years

Each activity costs £6 per child and includes free entry to the museum for one accompanying adult. All activities must be booked in advance.

To see full details and to book please visit our Activity Days home page, here.



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