Places to stay, things to do, good food and drink
We have so much to offer here in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean for family days out, or longer holidays, in this very special England/Wales border region that is the #DeanWye.
You can find everything we offer on our See and Do page, but here are 20 Family Fun Activities for you to start with!
‘Elton farm has three fun giant Maize Mazes and the Activities Maze. Fun for the whole family’
‘A vibrant art and craft centre with art studios, craft units, working pottery, design led gift shop, organic delicatessen, a licensed wholefood restaurant and a programme of activities & art exhibitions.’
‘A unique railway with walks through a beautiful woodland with an indoor village and an exciting treasure hunt. Tickets last all day – enjoy as many train rides as you like!
‘Off-road cycling centre, bike hire, cafe, bike shop, workshop. Traffic free cycle trails for all abilities in the beautiful Forest of Dean.’
‘Puzzlewood is a magical day out in the Forest of Dean. An enchanting, ancient woodland, filled with fantastic tree and rock formations. A popular TV & Film location for the BBC and Warner Bros.’
‘Climbing, Adventure Ropes, Archery and Bushcraft in the heart of the Forest of Dean. Activity sessions for all ages’
‘An 8.5 mile trip through the medieval forest to Parkend with steam and some heritage diesel train services. Pay once ride all day!’
‘A fun filled family day out exploring the tree tops over high ropes obstacles. No one loves adventure more than kids!’
‘Family friendly football activity which takes place on a dedicated Footgolf course and takes about an hour. No particular skills are needed but the footballers in your family will score best!’
‘This traditional hedge maze is great fun for everyone. Find your way to the Temple at the centre, play hide’n seek and tag!’
‘12 hole Pirate themed Adventure Golf Course with beautiful country views. Pirate Island is a unique adventure golf experience on the edge of the Royal Forest of Dean. There are 12 fun and challenging holes designed to test your putting skills.’
‘Experience days at fantastic rates for all ages to enjoy, learning, holding and flying a beautiful collection of owls, hawks, buzzards and falcons.’
‘The Trail features sculptures created by artists to interpret the Forest environment and the history of this very unusual landscape. It provides a unique opportunity to walk through the woodlands and discover art along the way.’
‘The history of the Forest from the Ice Age to present day; the Gruffalo woodland trail, a reconstructed Forester’s cottage; animals; a charcoal burner’s camp; a woodland playground.’
‘Explore Symonds Yat on this self-guided Treasure Hunt themed Treasure Trail. As you follow the Trail route, can you solve the sneaky clues set on existing buildings, permanent features and monuments to discover the location of the buried treasure.’
Walk with butterflies as you explore the incredible and beautiful world of these wonderful creatures. This safari is for everyone with an interest in the environment, and has some wonderful photographic opportunities, come and see!
‘Built as a Victorian country railway station, situated in the beautiful Wye Valley (AONB) the station is a quite haven from the hustle and bustle of daily life. An ideal starting point for walks in the Wye Valley with a tea room and playground for kids.’
‘Beechenhurst lies in the heart of the forest, and is a great place to start your adventure. Discover the Sculpture Trail, play area, cafe, shop and climbing tower.’
‘Standing in open countryside above the River Wye, Goodrich Castle is one of the finest and best preserved of all English medieval castles. Boasting a fascinating history, spectacular views from the battlements and a delightful tearoom Goodrich Castle promises a great day out for everyone.’
‘The first stone built castle in Wales, now the ruins of Chepstow Castle have a spectacular setting on cliffs over the River Wye.’