Ever fancied driving a steam locomotive, operating a signalbox, or restoring a carriage? The Dean Forest Railway Society is holding an open day on Saturday 19th May for members of the public, interested in volunteering at the railway, to take a look behind the scenes and find out more about the roles on offer. Potential … Continue reading New Volunteer’s Day at Dean Forest Railway
Heritage Open Days returns to the Forest (September 8th-11th) with a host of free and fascinating celebrations of our unique heritage. Heritage Open Days is the UK’s biggest heritage festival involving 40,000 volunteers. It celebrates our fantastic history, architecture, environment and culture; offering people the chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences. … Continue reading The Forest of Dean opens its doors and reveals some of its secrets….
In the blink of an eye, September has passed and autumn has arrived. With the trees a riot of colour, it’s time to think about half-term – and there’s no shortage of entertainment in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. With Halloween on the horizon, there’s plenty of spooky goings-on. Delve into the gruesome … Continue reading A Full Week of Fun this Half-Term
Although the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean is best known for its natural beauty and outdoor activities, there’s a wealth of things to do whatever the weather. A sure-fire way to escape the wet is to head underground. Experience the subterranean labyrinth of Clearwell Caves, which has been mined for iron ore and ochre … Continue reading Wet weather things to do in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean
Father’s Day is just over a week away, and with everything from gourmet train journeys to archery on offer, the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean is the perfect place to spoil dad. Before the big day, you’ll need a gift and Hot Pot Pottery is offering to fire and prepare mugs by Sunday 14th … Continue reading A Day Out for Every Dad this Father’s Day
It's nearly time to go searching for eggs left by everyone's favourite fluffy fellow... 30th March - 6th April - Easter Egg Hunt at Puzzlwood - Search the woods high and low, the Easter Bunnies have dropped them everywhere! Gather up the clues, collect your prize and at the same time enter the Easter Competition to win an … Continue reading Activities for Easter 2015
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and we’re guessing the regular old chocolate and flowers is getting a bit old. Do something different this Mother’s Day with The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley: Take mum to dinner on the Royal Forester dining train. For £39.50 each, you can take her on an all day trip and … Continue reading Mother’s Day Ideas in Dean Wye
An iconic steam engine that was originally saved from the infamous 'Barry Scrapyard' in 1972 by the Dean Forest Railway, will be re-launched in April after a painstaking 10 year overhaul. GWR loco no. 5541, a 1928 built 2-6-2 'Prairie' was first steamed at the Dean Forest Railway in 1975, but has been 'off the … Continue reading Iconic steam engine rejoins Dean Forest Railway
Dean Forest Railway - New Season Starts! The inaugural running day for the 2014 season at the Dean Forest Railway will be Sunday 2nd March - and the railway is taking a very bold step and will not be charging fares for ordinary travel. Yes you did read that correctly! The idea is to put the … Continue reading New season – have you ever been?
The Dean Forest Railway is all set for a massive double-header this year, most notably with a two-week festival this month to mark two significant events. This year marks the opening of the Severn and Wye Railway and Canal Company 200 years ago. The railway was authorised by George III under an Act of Parliament … Continue reading Forest of Dean Steam Festival