Discover the Dean’s Heritage

  Lindors Country House Hotel in The Forest of Dean Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture, culture and heritage by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.  Every year on four days in September, we celebrate our heritage; it is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures … Continue reading Discover the Dean’s Heritage


Mother’s Day Ideas in Dean Wye

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

Forest Free for all

Who says history is just about grand houses? As part of the national Heritage Open Days 2014 the Forest of Dean opens its doors and welcomes all for the long weekend of the 11th – 14th September. Why not join in the celebration of the Forest’s fantastic history and culture by enjoying free access to … Continue reading Forest Free for all

Iconic steam engine rejoins Dean Forest Railway

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

The Old Station, Tintern

The Old Station, Tintern A few days after the Old Station at Tintern was voted the UK's favourite park we received this poem the Revd Preben Andesoon which very nicely summarises this tranquil spot.   Just past the majestic Body of the Abbey with 900 years of history whispering to the soul lies the Old … Continue reading The Old Station, Tintern

Tintern Old Station – the UK’s Favourite Park

The Old Station in Tintern has been voted the UK’s favourite park in the annual People’s Choice Award public poll. All Green Flag Award-winning parks and green spaces are entered into the annual poll, which saw thousands of people voting for their favourite green space. The People’s Choice Award winner for 2011 was The Old … Continue reading Tintern Old Station – the UK’s Favourite Park

Forest of Dean Steam Festival

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

Thomas & Friends™ Steam Into DEAN FOREST RAILWAY To Celebrate Their 65th Anniversary

It is 65 years since the first ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ book appeared, written by the Reverend Wilbert Awdry, at Rodborough, Stroud, and few people could have guessed what an impact the little blue engine would have globally. The first book (The Three Railway Engines) was published in 1945, and by the time Awdry stopped writing … Continue reading Thomas & Friends™ Steam Into DEAN FOREST RAILWAY To Celebrate Their 65th Anniversary

Ride the Santa Special in the Forest of Dean

Why not start your Christmas festivities with a trip out on the Dean Forest Railway's hugely popular Santa Specials and join the many families who return every year to join in the fun of this magical experience travelling through the forest to Parkend. Imagine the children s excitement as you sit in your reserved seats and … Continue reading Ride the Santa Special in the Forest of Dean

A Day out with Thomas at Dean Forest Railway

The Lydney-based Dean Forest Railway is running another of its hugely popular 'Day out with Thomas' events from Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 23. The popular and classic ‘Thomas and Friends’ series of books will be brought to life with 'Thomas', 'Diesel' and 'Daisy' entertaining children at the Dean Forest Railway.  Young ‘Thomas’ fans can … Continue reading A Day out with Thomas at Dean Forest Railway