Top 25 Great Experiences in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean

Find amazing experiences in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean! 

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  1. Hilltop Birds of Prey

Hilltop Birds of Prey offers an affordable, no hassle, falconry experience, using predatory birds both indigenous and exotic. Using species of Hawk, Falcon and Owl, they educate audiences of every age and background on the art, and sport of falconry, as well as the beauty, grace and power of these fascinating raptors.


  1. Harts Barn Cookery School

A cookery school for all ages and budgets, offering holiday activities, parties, “hire a chef” service, cooking and baking classes. Located at Harts Barn with stunning views.

harts barn

  1. Go Ape

Enjoy hours on fun in the trees taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings!


  1. DBC Clay Pigeon Shooting

For a day of clay pigeon, air rifle or archery shooting, whether you are an absolute beginner, someone who just wants to have a go, through to practised shots who wish to hone their skills, the friendly, qualified and experienced coaches will guide you every step of the way, making your time enjoyable, fun and valuable.

dbc clay

  1. Wyedean Canoe and Adventure

Canoe hire is the best way to see the area from Ross on Wye, Kerne Bridge through to Symonds Yat East and Monmouth. Canoe the River Wye for an experience you will never forget!


  1. Kingfisher Cruises

Kingfisher Cruises are a great way of finding out some of the local history as you make your way through the gorge that separates Symonds Yat East and Symonds Yat West, as well as taking in some of the spectacular scenery and other items of interest that the Captain will point out to you during your cruise. The cruises generally are in operation from March until October

  1. International Centre for Birds of Prey

Owls, Eagles, Hawks, Falcons and Vultures flown daily, whatever the weather, for 50 years now and counting!


  1. Whitecliffe Off Road Centre

With its own private picturesque site whether you are looking for a great day out, a learning experience or professional 4×4 training, they have courses to suit your needs. With qualified instructors who will guide you through the day with a relaxed but professional attitude giving you confidence to tackle terrain you never thought possible.

  1. Dean Forest Railway

The 4 1/2 mile line runs through beautiful woodland and countryside offering visitors a chance to experience the relaxing pace of a typical country branch line. With 5 stations along the way you’ll have time to explore the local area, taking in woodland walks and country pubs or venturing down to the Severn Estuary to explore Lydney Harbour with its fantastic views across the Severn.


  1. Three Choirs Vineyard Tour

The Three Choirs Vineyard Estate is one of the largest in England at 75 acres and also one of the oldest. Nestled in Newent, the rolling hills and valleys provide a unique micro-climate which is perfect for growing grapes ideal for producing great English wine. They offer tours and tastings, a restaurant, rooms and lodges, for both those who want to stay and those who just wish to visit, relax and take a wander through this glorious piece of rural England.


  1. Cannop Cycle Centre

This centre, on the site of an old colliery, is the ideal place to start your cycling adventure. Enjoy a gentle ride through the forest on the family cycle trail or test your skills on one of the MTB or downhill trails.


  1. Great Escape Flying Club

Adventure flights in a modern 2-seat light aircraft over the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley! See the country from a different viewpoint and learn to fly as you do.


  1. Briery Hill Llamas

Visit a llama farm for an unforgettable experience in a picturesque setting with beautiful views all around. The llamas are endearing, sociable, and will walk at a comfortable pace with you, while you enjoy the breathtaking views.

llamas 1

  1. BattleSports Glos

Outdoor laser combat – just like paintball but without the bruises! BattleSports is the ‘LIVE’ version of the best computer war games.

  • Most up to date guns on the market – with instant audio and visual feedback, Rumbleforce feedback and a full colour screen.
  • Totally safe – no projectiles so no bruises or need to wear masks

Missions include Capture the Flag, Extraction, and VIP. BattleSports is geared to: Holiday Events, Adult Groups, Corporate, Kids Parties, Stag/Hen, Families & Mobile events.


  1. Canoe the River Wye

With variable trails dependent on how long you wish to hire a canoe for, Canoe the Wye offers you the chance to go on longer trips, up to 7 days, down the River Wye.

River Wye trip for Way2Go Adbenture

  1. Eastnor Pottery

Offering a broad range of fun and imaginative pottery activities designed to explore and develop creativity of all ages and abilities.

Fun pottery, Eastnor Pottery, Forest of Dean

  1. Footgolf

The rules are simple – kick the ball from tee to green and into the hole. The fewest number of kicks wins the hole and that person kicks off first on the next hole. The fewest number of kicks around the course wins!


  1. Gorge Scrambling Experience with Inspire2Adventure

Exciting, fun, family friendly, wet based activity perfect for a summer adventure that all will enjoy.  The Gorge Scrambling Experience involves scrambling rocks, climbing waterfalls and venturing through a dark tunnel with water rushing by. The gorge used is about 30 mins drive from Monmouth and is a half day in duration. Try the popular Gorge & Paddle Adventure Day where you can combine the Gorge Scramble with a Guided Open Canoe River Trip on the River Wye taking in the Symonds Yat rapids along the way.


  1. Forest of Dean Adventure

Full of fun activities such as climbing, adventure ropes, archery and bushcraft in the heart of the Forest of Dean.

Forest of Dean.Picture by Clint Randall
Forest of Dean. Picture by Clint Randall

  1. Forest Adventure

Highly experienced and qualified team of instructors are able to provide activities suitable for all age groups and abilities, which are all based in and around the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley with its spectacular views. These activities provide a base for promoting self-esteem, cooperation and teamwork.


  1. Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tour Guides

Stunning scenery and centuries of history accompanied by fully guided coach tours or guided walks within the Forest of Dean.

Chepstow is a great place to start walks in Monmouthshire, Wales

  1. Forest Segways

Explore the Forest using the latest in green technology – a self-balancing electric Segway.

Forest Segways at Mallards Pike

  1. Forest of Dean School of Photography

Fun, photographic training in the heart of the forest and valley with a pro photographer. For any skill level, whether it’s to improve your general skill level or hone one area, it is up to you!

  1. Greenacres Stables

Small and friendly riding centre offering lessons for all abilities on a range of horses in their large outdoor area. They also provide access to lots of wonderful hacking in the nearby Forest of Dean.

  1. Hillside Brewery

Traditionally crafted real ales, only using the finest ingredients in their own mineral rich bore hole to create full flavour real ales naturally conditioned in the cask or bottle. They host brewery tours, visits and brew days.

Hillside Group Fun SM

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