Follow in the footsteps of Legends – Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism Association launches new trail for Visit Wales’ Year of Legends

After a successful 2016 which saw a record 6.7 million visitors to the destination, Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism is joining forces with Visit Wales to celebrate the Year of Legends. A new website and trail have been launched to encourage visitors to delve into the fables and folklore of the area. The … Continue reading Follow in the footsteps of Legends – Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism Association launches new trail for Visit Wales’ Year of Legends

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Hereford’s Liz Hill up for Visit England’s Tourism Superstar for 2017 award

A tourism business from Herefordshire has been nominated for a national tourism industry Award. Spotting a gap in the market for local tourism information in Herefordshire, Liz Hill set up her own company, Rural Concierge in 2013, to share her passion and knowledge of the local area with visitors, adding that personal touch. She is … Continue reading Hereford’s Liz Hill up for Visit England’s Tourism Superstar for 2017 award

How to make a Speech House Pudding

Yvette Farrell from Harts Barn Cookery School was recently on ITV1 Countrywise Kitchen sharing her knowledge on how to make an old heritage recipe from the heart of The Forest of Dean, Speech House Pudding. This snippet below was taken from ITV1 Countrywise Kitchen on ‘How to Make Speech House Pudding’. The snippet shows the … Continue reading How to make a Speech House Pudding

Great Pottery Throw Down returning to screens on Thursday 2nd Feb!

Following the successful 'Great Pottery Throw Down' TV programme in 2015, it is set to return to our screens on Thursday 2nd February 2017. Hosted by Sara Cox the popular programme will see a number of everyday people battle it out to create the best pottery pieces based on a specific brief. In celebration, Hot … Continue reading Great Pottery Throw Down returning to screens on Thursday 2nd Feb!

A to Z of the DeanWye: Z is for…

Zinderford The town is relatively young, coming into existence in the 19th century, following the rapid expansion of the local iron andcoal industries. The name Cinderford, used for a crossing-point, is recorded as early as 1258. The name reflects the site of early ironmaking which created deposits of cinders, sometimes in large mounds. Notable people from Cinderford include the … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: Z is for…

A to Z of the DeanWye: Y is for…

River Y (Wye) The River Wye (Welsh: Afon Gwy) is the fifth-longest river in the UK, stretching some 215 kilometres (134 mi) from its source on Plynlimon in mid Wales to the Severn estuary. For much of its length the river forms part of the border between England and Wales. The Wye Valley (lower part) is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.[1][2] The Wye is important for nature conservation and recreation. Mrs … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: Y is for…

A to Z of the DeanWye: X is for…

X Marks the Centre Spot Speech House is considered the Centre of the forest.  It is now a hotel, but originally it was built as a Royal Hunting Lodge in 17th Century.  The Verderers' Court is still held at Speech House, one of the area's most famous landmarks. Xtreme Mountain Biking Forest of Dean provides … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: X is for…

A to Z of the DeanWye: W is for…

Whitecroft Small village just north of Lydney.  Dean Forest Railway is a 4.5 mile line which runs through woodland and countryside.  Five stations along the way including Whitecroft.  There is an annual ‘Whitecroft Wellie which is local music festival – there is a paint a wellie competition.  The venue is at the Miners Arms famous … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: W is for…

A to Z of the DeanWye: V is for…

Vineyard With around 80 acres, Three Choirs is one of the larger vineyards in the country. It is also one of the most long-established, being first planted in 1973 (first vintage 1976). Three Choirs continues its innovative wine production, with a number of acres set aside as an experimental vineyard, planting new varieties and monitoring … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: V is for…

A to Z of the DeanWye: U is for…

Upleadon Is a village and civil parish situated 10.5 km north-west of Gloucester. Soon after the Norman conquest Upleadon became part of the estates of Gloucester Abbey and was recorded as such in the Domesday Book.[2] Taking advantage of the nearby river, there was a period when iron forges were a focal point for the community but these were subsequently converted … Continue reading A to Z of the DeanWye: U is for…