Booking Extras

Dogs - £50 per dog

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This property is happy to take up to 2 dogs.

Dogs are charged on a per dog basis at £50 per dog.

If you have more than 2 dogs please contact Kay on 07764 860009.

Catering Private Chefs/Buffets/Hog Roasts

Catering - Private Chef - All about the Food - 07815696042


Perfect  Parties

We have catered many different parties since we have started - Canape Parties, Finger Food Parties, Street Food Style Parties, Full Afternoon Tea Parties to Elegant Dinner Parties - which is where it all started for me.

Whatever the style of party you require we will create a bespoke menu to suit you and your guests.


Beautiful Buffets

Whatever the occasion one of our Beautiful Buffets will ensure your event is one to remember - Birthdays, Christenings, Family Gatherings, Product Launches, Store Openings & Boardroom Lunches. 

Beautifully presented and tasting as good as they look.


About Me

2002 was the year my life changed - the year I won  The Raymond Blanc Scholarship. In total I spent 11 years working in 2* Michelin restaurants - 8 years working for Raymond Blanc and 3 years working for David Everitt-Mathias. Both taught me amazing things and have moulded me into the chef I am today - for which i will always be grateful.

Heypesto - Catering Private Chef Buffets

If you're looking for a Caterer for your event, then look no further.  Make your event extrra special with some superb food served with panache from an award-winning team.Whether you need cateting for your wedding, corporate event, party or special occasion, we can create some wonderful bespoke menus to match your budget.

Contact Details


Phone: 07970 151138


Max Waldron- Private Chef

Locally Sourced Creative Catering

After training in Forte de Marmi and founding a small restaurant in an ancient hilltop town near Marseilles, Max moved back to England to set up Max Waldron Food. The very best, carefully sourced ingredients, simply but creatively cooked, along with his personal non-corporate approach to catering has won him dedicated clients, amongst them Kelly Hoppen, Penelope Lively, the advertising agency Mother and the hairdressing salon Mahogany.

01452 831443

07989 949304

Infamous Catering - Ian Barnes

Ian Barnes ("Barney")

Mobile: 07954583784

Please see facebook page for details on recent events and meals

So the big sell! Infamous Catering is my boutique catering company based here in the Forest of Dean(Cinderford) My mantra is seasonal local ethically aware and above all tasty!


I was working as head of food for Kate Humble at her farm/rural skills center. Prior to Launching on my own. Since then I have been doing a complete mix of things. Beer and  food pairing with Hillside brewery, wood oven hen do's at Hidden valley Yurts, teaching meat and game at Harts Barn cookery school, street food style "bo ho" weddings at Millend Mitcheldean. Lots of veggie/vegan....


I can do anything from a 5 course local taster menu for 8 to a low key relaxed wedding for 200 and almost any request in between. I can also do things like a foraging session and campfire/ fire pit cook. All sorts!

Orchard Catering

Orchard Catering has a reputation for fabulous food, superb service and attention to detail. We are a family run catering company based in Cheltenham, serving Gloucestershire and the surrounding counties, with more than 10 years experience in all types of events, large and small, from weddings to funerals, corporate functions, balls, parties and sporting events. At Orchard Catering we know that there is much more to arranging an event than just providing the food. We will assist you in the planning and smooth running of your function and ensure that you receive professional, friendly service and fabulous, plentiful food, imaginatively presented. The information and menus contained in this website are just the starting point, and we are happy to meet with you to develop your ideas and aspirations further.

Matthew Roberts

Rob Knight

Orchard Catering
Office 1
The Slipway (Nailors Court)
GL20 5UR


Office: 01684-438210

Isabels Bakehouse - Wedding Celebration Cakes - Afternoon Teas - Cookery Demos and Classes

Isabels Bakehouse offers a wide range of catering options to groups and families. She can create mouthwatering wedding/celebrations cakes - and has a mobile crepe pod. She can teach you ice cupcakes or prived a scrupmtious afternon tea - her offering is wide and I can't do it justice here so please do look at her website to see if she can help you.

Afternoon tea

The Forest of Dean Hog Roast Company

The Forest of Dean Hog Roast Company

The Forest of Dean Hog Roast Company are specialist Pig Roast Caters based in Huntley, Gloucestershire. 

Our pork comes from our own home-reared Gloucester Old Spot pigs or is from locally sourced suppliers of finest pork.

We can cater for small parties of up to 50 people and also larger events such as weddings or fundraisers.

We can cater for all events indoor or outdoor.

We provide a year round event catering service and will do our best to provide any extras you require (see our Hog Roast Extras page). 

If you require further information please contact Sam or Kelly on 07901631024 / 07546919652 or 01452 830705


Antony Vaks - Personal Chef

Cheltenham Catering Services​

We have been providing Catering Services including a personal chef service throughout the Cotswolds and surrounding Counties for the last 10 years.

Our services are extensive and we strive to provide excellence for your event. We can cater for your Hen Night or Weekend, a Dinner or Lunch Party for friends and family also Canapes/Drinks Parties, Garden Party or BBQ and Office or Corporate Business needs.

You’ll be surprised how affordable a personal chef service or private catering services can be.

We offer a complete service providing fully inclusive cooked, served, and cleared Lunch or Dinner.We also offer a very useful Delivery Only Bistro Selection, delivered to your venue with full re-heating and finishing instructions for your guidance.

New to our services is also a Breakfast / Brunch Service.

Contact us now for a prompt reply and a completely transparent cost for your event.

Whilst we do provide Menu Selectors for your consideration they are by no means set in stone and we encourage our clients to make any special requests to the chef.

We also realise that there may be some special dietary requirements – this poses no problems.

Enquiries for smaller events including Weddings, Christenings and Birthdays are always welcome and command the same standard of excellence against larger gatherings.

Our small team of Chefs are all fully experienced and completely professional with most of them having worked at Sous Chef / Head Chef level to rosette standards.

With so many ‘flying hours’ between us there is not a lot we can’t deal with.

For a completely transparent quote for your event with no hidden extras charges contact us.

Antony Vaks

Telephone: 01242 675041 – 07783 060599


Tyrone Power Private Chef

With over a decade of experience as a personal and private chef around the world Tyrone is able to offer a professional and discreet service. His passion and ability to be able to tap into the best local produce and use his contacts all over the world means that he can create a menu truly unique to the situation at very short notice and with the minimum of fuss. Should you wish to book Tyrone please go to his website for further information. Tyrone does not provde a set menu but charges a day rate plus the cost of food to create a menu that best suits your own individual requirements. This means that prices will vary so please contact him directly for a quote.If you would like catering, please give as much notice as possible so we can ensure the caterers are available for the dates you require.

Contact Details


Phone: 07920 066075


Joshua's Catering

Joshua's catering are pleased to offer an extensive catering services in Gloucestershire. We are can cook on site or being mobile we can bring the food to you. Our food is sourced locally, and it is prepared to the highest standards in our kitchens to give you tasty, wholesome food.


Joshua’s have catered for a variety of clients offering a range of food from simple cold buffets to six course banquets from as little as 30 to 350 guests. The team have provided catering for several weddings, we have run our own restaurant  and provided catering for corporate events.

Please contact Joshua's catering for all your catering and party planning needs and requirements in Gloucestershire.

Joshua's catering has a highly skilled and faithful group of staff, who have been with the company since its inception. We would like to think that we are a traditional local caterer providing an excellent standard of service to all.


James 07900 304 912

Glyn    07899 650 231

Jonathan Richardson - Catering

About Jonathan Richardson

After leaving school in 1990 in Barnsley south Yorkshire, I headed off to catering college in Sheffield where I began a progressive career, which took me to the dizzy height’s of “Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons, Oxford” world acclaimed chef, Raymond Blanc’s flagship hotel, where I soon learned the discipline of the kitchen and the focus and dedication it takes to be at the top of the career ladder.

After a few years of diverse kitchens - hotels, schools, pubs, restaurants, private residences and large scale outside caterers I now focus on private catering to you in your home.

With 25 years of working as a chef, I can pass on this knowledge on the plate!

Jonathan Richardson
Unit G1 Cirencester Business Park
Love Lane Industrial Estate

Telephone: 01285 407307
Mobile: 07876773902


Bensons Catering Ltd - Private Chef

We offer catering right throughout Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds and beyond - as far as the client is willing to pay travel for really. James has catered as far south as Devon and as far north as Loch Lomond, Scotland in the past!


Typical prices range from £37.50 to £48.00 for 3 courses, inclusive of food and chef costs. Waiting staff and travel are charged in addition dependent upon group size and venue location (£15.00 travel for FoD). Surcharges apply for parties of 9 or fewer adults, and discounts apply for parties of 20 or more adults.

Harts Barn Catering - Hire a Chef



Hire A Chef

Hire a Chef – a catering service that brings the restaurant to you!

All you have to do is relax and enjoy the great food and service. Perfect if you are staying in self-catering and visiting the Forest of Dean but also, why not Hire a Chef for…

Dinner Parties
Girls Night In
Engagement Parties
Outdoor Feasts
Baby Shower Parties
Big Breakfasts
Afternoon Tea
Romantic Meal
A Holiday Treat
Family Occasions


We always use local ingredients where possible and can provide locally produced wine, beer, ale and ciders.

Themes can include
Taste of the Forest

Or a menu of your choice.


If you would like to discuss hiring a chef please call us on 01452 831719 or email

Home made wild garlic soup

Home made wild garlic soup from our  Taste of The Forest Menu 

Here’s what some of our customers say about HIRE A CHEF…We were staying at Wharton Lodge for my 50th birthday and the host there recommended to my wife for that extra “something special” why not contact Yvette at Harts Barn Cookery School as she also does personal cooking. Superb. What this translates as is on my birthday morning Yvette arrived at our accommodation a very personable 10am armed with all ingredients to cook us Eggs Benedict. Our very own personal Chef if you will. SUPERB idea, superb service, superb food! And GUESS what??? My wife had also booked Yvette to return the following day to cook us a full evening meal! And with Wharton Lodges private little courtyards we were able to be treated like royalty! Yvette again arrived with full menu and proceeded to cook a truly spectacular meal prepared from scratch using all local FRESH ingredients! Such as trout (forgive me Yvette if I remember the fish incorrectly) caught and then smoked that morning by Yvette and made into the most wonderful paté. Main course local Forest of Dean BOAR cooked to perfection! Tasted DIVINE! Lovely little touches such as edible flowers accentuating the dishes. Dessert- Speech House Pudding (local historical house to be visited) – YUM! Oh and yes our black lab Stanley got to sample a little of each course too! Brilliant. Yvette also takes the time to explain all the dishes/ingredients but not too long to stop you tucking in! Go on treat yourself- DO IT!


Frozen Food Delivery - Cook Food


About Us

At COOK we make remarkable food for your freezer, prepared by hand at our Kitchen in Kent, using the same ingredients and techniques you would use at home. We do have suppliers int he Gloucestershire area and have been servicing Viney Hill Country House and Whitehaven for some time.

Why are we different?

  • On every COOK dish you'll find the name of the chef who prepared your food.
  • Our food looks and tastes homemade (maybe even a bit better!)
  • Our founding principle in 1997 was to COOK like you do at home - that's how we shop for our ingredients too. Read more here.

The Little Pickle - Private Chef


The Little Pickle was set up in 2014 by two people with a huge passion for great food, excellent service and homemade pickles. Since then Alex and Jess have been providing bespoke private catering and pop-up dining events in the Cotswolds/Gloucestershire and further afield. Our ever growing range of pickles and chutneys have been received with great success in several stores in the Cotswolds and food fairs across the UK.

The Beaufort Hotel - Outside Catering

The Beaufort Hotel - Chepstow

Outside Catering

You don't have to come to us to enjoy our great hospitality. We can come directly to you!

We'll deliver a delicious menu, of your choice, right to your door.

The Beaufort Hotel has managed many outside events from a boardroom lunch for ten people to a summer wedding for over a hundred. We can cater for:

  • Marquee Weddings
  • Corporate Events
  • Office Lunch Deliveries
  • Private Parties
  • Hog Roast

We can provide:

  • Waiting Staff
  • Drinks Service
  • Barbecues
  • Cold buffets
  • Tailored Menus

If you have a special occasion that needs professional catering then please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your requirements.

  01291 622497

Love's Parties - Catering

Love's Parties

We are a small family business who pride ourselves on high quality food and service.

We are happy to serve afternoon tea for two, a children's party for ten or a Wedding for one hundred.

Although we have sample menus for you to have a look at our aim is to provide a bespoke menu created with you to ensure that you have exactly what you want within your budget.

We are based in the Forest of Dean and cater within a sixty mile radius

07804581530 - Love's Parties

Eating Out

The New Inn

Location: Viney Hill

Phone: 01594 516781

The Cross

The Cross Inn is a traditional and stylish country pub located at the gateway to the Forest of Dean.
Family run and offering a warm welcome with fine food and expertly conditioned wine and ales, The Cross is the focus of the community and the most popular pub in the area.

Location: Aylburton

Website: The Cross Inn

Phone: 01594 842823

The Manchurian Chinese Restuarant and Take Away

Very popular Chinese restaurant.

Location: Lydney

Phone: 01594 844555

Bengal Balti 'indian Take away

We welcome you to Bengal Balti tempted by an unrivaled range of authentic & imaginative finest indian popular dishes. Our food is cooked to the highest standards only using the best quality & freshest ingredients. Our approach to healthy cooking is that we try to minimize additives in our dishes.

We never forget that without our customers, many of whom have become friends, none of this success would be possible. So Enjoy your meal & have a memorable experience.

 Location: Lydney

Website: Bengal Balti

Phone: 01594 842283

Note: they will cater for larger parties and will deliver if requested in advance

The Ugly Duckling

Welcome to The Ugly Duckling Country Restaurant where our philosophy is to deliver good food simply cooked. The team enjoy delivering an excellent yet affordable dining experience and where possible, the menus
incorporate local seasonal produce.
We are also proud to be a recommended establishment by Coeliac UK. For all those who have specific dietary requirements, you should not have to miss out on good food. Just let us know your specifications when making a reservation.  

Location: Lydney

Website: The Ugly Duckling

Phone: 01594 844210

Kaplans Cafe & Bistro

Kaplan’s Cafe & Bistro is situated Lydney and Coleford in the Forest of Dean, just a stone’s throw from many local attractions.

It is a great place to relax and is an ideal place to take the kids, with an extensive children’s menu and many healthy options on our adult menu, including salads and low fat meals, you are sure to have a good time.

Location: Lydney

Website: Kaplan's Cafe & Bistro

Phone: 01594 845758 - 01594 832242

The Woodman

Location: Parkend

Phone: 01594 563273

Note: Varied restaurant type menu - highly recommended but can get very busy

The Fountain Inn & Lodge

The Fountain is a charming, traditional 200 year old village pub in the heart of the Forest of Dean, offering bed & breakfast as well as self-catering group accommodation in the Fountain Lodge. We provide a welcoming atmosphere to both locals and visitors to the area, with the Dean Forest Railway bringing steam trains almost to our door. Step into this atmospheric country pub to see an incredible range of interesting artefacts and tools filling every corner, with many relating to local crafts and history. Or try your arm at the local game of Quoits.

Location: Parkend

Website: The Fountain Inn and Lodge

Phone: 01594 562189

The Rising Sun

The Rising Sun Inn is a beautiful Pub steeped in the history of the Forest of the Dean, and has been the focal point for families resident in the Moseley Green for over two hundred years. Originally situated in the centre of several Coal Mines and a Blacksmiths the passing of time has seen the end of the Industrialisation of the Forest of Dean and you would now find it hard to believe that trams and trains ran only yards from the Pub doors.

Location: Moseley Green

Website: The Rising Sun Inn

Phone: 01594 822607

The Speech House Hotel

The Gloucestershire based Speech House Hotel offers all level of dining experience from a light meal in our bar or Orangery to full Restaurant service.

The Orangery and bar provides a perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy some traditional pub food after a day's business, travelling or sightseeing. Our bar is open to both residents and non residents. It offers a perfect environment for informal meals, light snacks, all under the personal guidance of our head chef.

Location: Coleford

Website: The Speech House Hotel

Phone: 01594 822607

The Ship Inn

When you eat at The Ship Inn you’ll experience great tasting, well presented comfort food … so good that you’ll want to return again and again like so many of our food loving diners and guests. From our Homemade Faggots to our Homemade Burgers, all the food is freshly prepared on the premises and sourced from local suppliers, just take a look at our reviews on Tripadvisor. We endeavor to only use foods that are in season and only of the highest quality with the option of Gluten Free items.

Location: Newnham

Website: The Ship Inn

Phone: 01594 516283

Note: Group bookings need to be advised well in advance

The White Hart

If you are looking for a friendly pub in the Forest of Dean then look no further than The White Hart. Established for over a century we offer a warm and welcoming atmosphere with great food in the most pleasant of surroundings. Wether you're out for a walk or passing by, coach parties welcome as well as families or just popping in for something to eat.With exceptional views of the River Severn, we are the ideal choice for any occasion so to find out more please feel free to get in touch. 

Location: Broadoak

Website: The White Hart

Phone: 01594 516319

Andersens Restaurant

Excellent food is prepared on the premises by our award-winning chef and served in the bluebell restaurant. the restaurant is open from monday to saturday evenings and is extremely popular with local people.

Location: Coleford

Website: Forest House & Bluebell Restaurant

Phone: 01594 832424

The Dog & Muffler Inn

A warm and welcoming inn in the magical Forest of Dean. Originally a Cider House, with its own cider apple orchard and a cider press which can still be seen in the garden. It has been extended over the years and the interior has been designed to make you feel completely at ease.

Location: Coleford

Website: The Dog & Muffler Inn

Phone: 01594 832444

The Miners - ~Sling

The Miners Country Inn is a family run 'Free House' in the small village of Sling in the glorious Forest of Dean. It is an award winning gastro pub with 3*AA dinner award, silver 2014 Taste of the West and Late Rooms top guest rated. We have a friendly and welcoming atmosphere whether you just stop for a relaxing drink in the bar or come to enjoy a delicious meal in our restaurant. Outside the restaurant is a large beer garden with a paved seating area and a large lawn for the more active. 

Location: Coleford

Website: The Miners Country Inn

Phone: 01594 836632

The Tudor Farmhouse

Awarded ‘Cotswold Life Hotel Restaurant of the Year 2013’, Martin Adams and his team serve high quality, seasonal produce cooked simply, served in a relaxed, unhurried style. The imaginative menus reflect the produce from the hotel’s kitchen garden plus ingredients foraged in the hotel grounds. All other produce is sourced within a 20 mile radius wherever possible. The restaurant is open all year round and the cottage garden is open during the summer months for al fresco dining and delicious afternoon teas.

Location: Clearwell

Website: Tudor Farmhouse

Phone: 01594 833046

The Wyndham Arms

Gloucestershire has a rich agriculture and is especially well known for its succulent pork, flavoursome cheeses, winning wines and ales. Our top chefs create an exciting menu taking advantage of the freshest local ingredients, cooked and simply presented to appeal to those who enjoy good food at reasonable prices. Our menu offers classic British fayre with an up-to-date twist.

Location: Clearwell

Website: The Wyndham Arms

Phone: 01594 833666

The Woodlands

We are a family pub on the outskirts of Cinderford, in the beautiful Forest Of Dean. We don't serve fast food, we serve Great Home cooked meals - as fast as we can.

We pride ourself on the friendliness and efficancy of our staff and go out of our way to ensure you enjoy your experiance.

The Woodlands Started is History an on old manor for the Mine Forman, with its own private tennis court. These days it's a humble family pub on the outskirts of the Market town of Cinderford in the beautiful Forest of Dean.

The Pub was taken over in September 2011-FamilyFourLtd. Armed with Family & Friends,Landlady Sonya Liddiatt set to modernise an old crumbling building making it into a working, functional pub.

The New restuarant & Function room refurbishment was completed in June 2012 - with its new fixtures and fitting and double glazed windows, the restuarant and function room are truely stunning & so is the food.

The function room itself is a real transformation with a butcher block topped bar & fully funtional toilets, projecter and DISCO it's a breath of fresh air, compared to your usual fuction suite - perfect for weddings, christening, children parties and much more .

The Woodlands 64 St Whites Road
Cinderford Gloucestershire Gl14 3DQ(01594 827923)


The Red Hart - Blaisdon

The Red Hart Inn is a family owned free-house located on the edge of the beautiful Forest of Dean.

The traditional bar area has flagstone floors and oak beams with a wood burner which helps to create a welcoming atmosphere. Dogs are also welcome in the bar area. Outside we have a large beer garden and childrens play area. On the patio we host barbecues on Saturday nights throughout summer (weather permitting).

We serve good home cooked food seven days a week, our ingredients are sourced locally and we even rear our own pigs.

The Red Hart Inn is included in the 2012 good pub guide, and has been accredited LocAle status by CAMRA. We serve four real ales and a cider on hand pull, and regularly use local breweries.

In addition to our fine beers, we have a great wine list offering wines from around the World.

The Red Hart Inn
Blaisdon, Gloucestershire, 
GL17 0AH

01452 830477


Three Choirs Vineyard - Gloucestershire

Newent, Gloucestershire

Winery, Restaurant & Rooms

One of England’s oldest and largest vineyards nestled deep in the Cotswolds. Open all year with wine tasting and tours every day. Visit, relax and take a gentle wander through the vines or join us for food in our restaurant. Stay in our rooms and lodges overlooking the vine clad valleys.

Newent Gloucestershire GL18 1LS
Phone: 01531 890223

The Butchers Arms - Clearwell

One of the oldest pubs in the Forest of Dean.

They have been welcoming locals and visitors alike since 1802 and pride ourselves in providing excellent service and good quality food.

01594 834313

The Butchers Arms, High Street, Clearwell, Gloucestershire, GL16 8JS


The Belfrey

The Forest Of Dean is one of the few surviving Royal hunting forests which still boasts a herd of wild fallow deer. There are many places of interest within the forest which attract many visitors throughout the year.

The Belfry is nestled on the edge of the forest and originates from early mining days. It was then known as The George and was used by local people after a hard nights work down the mines, in fact the pub was frequently full at 4.00am in the morning! The George, like mining in the Forest fell on hard times and was closed by its brewery owner. It was purchased in 1991 by the Bell family who with the help of local people have created The Belfry.

The Belfry Hotel, Broad Street, Littledean, Cinderford, GL14 3JS

Tel: 01594 827858

The Glasshouse

The Glasshouse Inn is a charming red bricked pub in a picturesque spot on the slopes of May Hill surrounded by beautiful countryside. The Inn has been trading as a public house since 1891 and its strength lies firmly in its simplistic, unspoilt, almost timeless tradition. We have an excellent reputation for fine food and ales in a traditional pub atmosphere surrounded by beautiful countryside. We pride ourselves on ensuring that our fish, meats and fresh ingredients are sourced from local suppliers and are of the highest quality. We aim for excellence with every meal and look forward to welcoming you.

Steve & Jill Pugh took over the Glasshouse Inn in December 1996 and have turned the Glasshouse Inn into one of the best pub and restaurants in the area. High quality food is served in comfortable and traditional surroundings. The traditional pub & restaurant has grown steadily in popularity over the years with people travelling far and wide to sample the delights of this unique establishment.

This year has seen a new and exciting venture for Glasshouse Inn. We have recently finished building work on three holiday lodges to the rear of the current property. These luxurious lodges offer high class accommodation in beautiful surroundings with an emphasis on comfort and convenience. All lodges feature fully fitted bedrooms, kitchens and bathrooms. Added luxuries include private parking next to each lodge, satellite TV and wifi internet access. However the lodges will retain the country feel of the beautiful surrounding countryside. The lodges are now fully ready for occupation and we are now taking bookings. 

Glasshouse Inn

May Hill



GL17 0NN

(01452) 830529 


The Saracens Head - Symonds Yat

Our ancient Inn offers riverside bed and breakfast accommodation in Symonds Yat, Herefordshire. With beautiful Wye Valley views and nearby Forest of Dean walks.

The Saracens Head Inn & Pub, has stood for centuries in a spectacular position on the east bank of the River Wye, where the river flows into a steep wooded gorge, on the edge of the Forest of Dean.

Situated in the heart of the Wye Valley between Ross on Wye and Monmouth, this family run Inn is popular with walkers, cyclists, canoeists, fishermen and fans of good food and real ales; and offers Bed and Breakfast accommodation, with most rooms overlooking the River Wye. Eat and drink in the flag-floored bar, cosy lounge or the restaurant/dining room; or watching the ancient hand ferry from one of our riverside terraces.

Tel: 01600 890435 Email:

The Whitebrook

Chris Harrod is following his life’s dream, applying his training at Le Manoir to good effect, and fast building his own reputation at The Whitebrook. Acclaimed by the Good Restaurant Guide, 3 AA rosettes, for restaurant with rooms, and the coveted Michelin star.

Chris’ new style of cuisine, using locally sourced food and freshly foraged herbs, is served to advantage in our intimate, friendly restaurant. We believe in delighting all aspects of our guests’ senses, from the visual appeal of the restaurant and the cuisine, to the pleasant personal comfort of good service. The restaurant’s natural stone and wood create a stylish yet relaxed ambience.

Restaurant Manager Andy Stoneley and his team believe that excellence and warmth give exceptional personal service – borne out by our Visitor Book. For each dish we recommend an individual wine to complement your experience.

NP25 4TX

TELEPHONE: 01600 860254

The Walnut Tree

A famous inn and restaurant since the early 60’s, The Walnut Tree sits two miles east of Abergavenny. It offers proper dining and drinking in an informal setting. There are around 20 tables simply laid. The restaurant seats up to 70 diners and we open from Tuesday to Saturday, lunchtime and evening.

The food is an eclectic mix, based on Shaun Hill’s personal taste, paired with sound cooking techniques; rather than a particular country's cuisine. A unifying feature is the core of excellent ingredients. 


TEL: 01873 852797 | FAX: 01873 859764 | EMAIL: INFO@THEWALNUTTREEINN.COM

Le Champignon Savage

Situated within the historic spa town of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, Le Champignon Sauvage is the perfect place to relax whilst visiting the Cotswolds.

David Everitt-Matthias and his wife Helen have been running the restaurant since 1987. In that time they have been quietly amassing a range of accolades including…

  • Two stars - Michelin Red Guide.
  • Two stars - Harden’s Guide.
  • 4 AA rosettes.
  • Good Food Guide 8/10 rating, 2014 Chef of the Year.
  • Catey Chef of the Year.
  • Decanter Restaurant of the Year.
  • 10/10 Marina O’Loughlin, ‘ The Guardian’.
  • 18/20 Matthew Fort, ‘The Guardian’.

On entering Le Champignon Sauvage, guests will immediately notice an intimate feeling with a refreshing lack of pretension. The restaurant is warmly decorated with a display of bold modern works of art, generous table sizes and comfortable chairs. Helen’s graciousness, blend of informal conversation and professional discretion, creates a happy atmosphere with unobtrusive seamless service. Combined with David’s culinary confidence and imagination this will give you a most pleasurable experience.

David's many awards reflect the esteem in which he is held as a chef. Recognised as one of Britain's leading craftsmen, he is always in the kitchen and has never missed a service. He is also known for his tireless experimentation with anything from the most humble to the most expensive ingredients, and an “ability for making dishes taste more of themselves than the original ingredient”.  

His food is a cross between the ‘terroir’ and modern French with very original touches. The menu changes seasonally with great care taken to source the finest local ingredients.

There is also a series of cookery books, demonstrating David’s cooking style and philosophy, enabling both the home and professional cook to recreate the dishes of Le Champignon Sauvage.


01242 573449


The Aunt Martha Victorian Tea Room

Looking for an experience to remember? Then step back in time and enjoy refreshments at Aunt Martha's Victorian Tea-rooms and gardens.

Meet Aunt Martha and her staff, all dressed in period Victorian clothes, and waiting to give you a warm welcome. Enjoy what was once standard - pretty table clothes - nice china - proper serviettes - loose tea - sugar cubes and of course, tasty homemade food served in style. Food allergies like gluten and dairy intolerances are catered for.

WINNER of the Cotswold Life magazine 2014 award for the best Local Tea Room and Finalist in the 2014 Taste of Gloucestershire Awards for the Best Independent Tea-rooms.

Conveniently placed to the M4 & M5 Motorways, the cities of Cardiff & Bristol and the major towns of Newport, Gloucester, Hereford, Worcester, Oxford & Swindon.

Aunt Martha's is located at

The Branch, Drybrook, Gloucestershire GL17 9DB

For Sat Nav use GL14 3JD


Telephone :- 01594 824514 (office hours only please)

The Old Dairy Tea Room

The premier venue in the Forest for enjoying traditional afternoon and cream teas with an ever-changing lunch specials board featuring fresh, local produce. 

Housed in a cosy, traditional tearoom setting, you'll find beautiful bone china, a friendly relaxed service and good old fashioned recipes. The Old Dairy serves everything from breakfasts & light snacks, to home cooked lunches, including Sunday roasts (booking advisable for Sunday lunch). 

Gluten-free bread, cakes & gravy, soya alternatives to dairy - including a heavenly homemade dairy-free chocolate cake! - always available.

The Old Dairy Tearoom, Harts Barn, A4136 (Monmouth Road), Longhope, Gloucestershire GL17 0QD

01452 831221

Old Station Tea Room, Nr Tintern

Situated in the original railway waiting room you can enjoy a range of freshly prepared meals and delicious home baked cakes (including lavender cake), traditional bread pudding and strawberry cream teas as featured in the AA afternoon tea guide). 

Indulge in a fireman's shovel grilled breakfast. For lunch a variety of freshly prepared sandwiches and panini's, as well as our famous Tintern cheese platter. Homemade soup and bacon rolls are available all day. 

We serve only rainforest alliance coffee, freshly ground and available as cappuccino, latte, americano or espresso. For tea lovers we stock fair trade tea and at least 11 other infusions.

The Riverside Wine Bar - Chepstow


Curtis and his team at The Riverside Wine Bar look forward to welcoming you to this stylish venue.

Situated in idylic settings beside the River Wye, it is the perfect place to meet friends.

Serving an extensive selection of wines, spirits, cocktails as well as lagers and real ales, The Riverside Wine Bar is a fantastic place to go after work, for a night out or to celebrate a special occasion. You can even hire the venue for a party.

As well as an excellent choice of drinks, you can also order from a great selection of Tapas, or just sit back with an "Illy" coffee and a piece of homemade cake.

The Riverside Wine Bar
18a The Back, Chepstow, NP16 5HH

tel: 01291 628 300



Shangri-La Restaurant - Chepstow

Shangri-La Restaurant

For a true taste of the Orient, a visit to the Shangri-La Restaurant is a must.

Be impressed with the stylish black & gold colour scheme, neatly dressed tables and a relaxing calm ambience. What’s more – the waitresses are also smartly dressed in traditional Malaysian costumes.

The extensive menu at Shangri-La are based around Chinese, Malaysian, Thai, Singaporean and Japanese cuisines. There is a fabulously wide range of dishes to choose from, so you will never left without a choice!

Shangri-La Restaurant first opened its door to customers in November 2006 and was founded by a family relocated from London. The restaurant is currently managed by their youngest son – Kevin Ong.

‘Our greatest success to date, without doubt came from the continuous support of our regular customers – we sincerely thank you for your customs…’

‘We always try our best to offer quality food & service, and we endeavour to continue to do so. However, should anyone experience any dissatisfaction during their visit to our restaurant, we would kindly ask for them to seek our management immediately without delay.’

01291 622 959


Shangri-La Restaurant
17 St. Mary Street
Monmouthshire NP16 5EW

Lime Tree - Chepstow


24, St. Marys Street, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, NP16 5EU

01291 620959

Gloucester Farm Shop and Kitchen

At Gloucester, we delight in feeding throngs of hungry motorists each year. Our approach to food has not changed from the simple ethos we worked to when Tebay first opened back in 1972.

It's important to us that our produce is local, seasonal and that our food is home-cooked.

That's why we make as much of our food as possible in our kitchens every day. It means we can choose what goes into recipes (and what doesn't) and that the end result reaches you quicker, fresher and tasting better.

At Gloucester, we serve lamb and beef from surrounding farms, source chicken and eggs from local producers and ensure that as far as possible dishes are influenced by seasonal produce - so don't expect pumpkin soup in April or asparagus in October. But we do promise mince pies at Christmas.

Kitchen: 7am - 9pm

Our Kitchen offers a range of homemade soups, hot meals, a healthy deli counter and salad bar, home baked cakes plus fair trade tea and coffee and freshly squeezed fruit juice.

Quick Kitchen: Open 24 hours daily

Our Quick Kitchen offers stews, pies, soups and salads plus sandwiches and cakes and fair trade tea and coffee to take away.

The Globe Inn - Alvington





The Globe Inn

We are a traditional yet modern free-house and restaurant situated on the edge of the beautiful Forest of Dean and close to the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We are passionate about good food and use locally sourced and seasonal produce wherever possible. We also have a good range of cask ales, lagers, ciders and wines.

Our relaxing bar and restaurant areas feature oak beams and a log fire. For the summer months we also have a large sunny beer garden.

A warm and friendly welcome awaits you at The Globe Inn, Alvington.

Tel: 01594 528300

The Miners

Our multi award winning restaurant offers a relaxed dining experience and only the freshest local ingredients from the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.

The Miners,


Chepstow Road                                            

GL16 8LH

Telephone: 01594 836632                                                  


The George Inn And Millingbrook Lodge

The George Inn

The Forester Newspaper – ‘Family Run Business of the year 2013′ & ‘Pub of the year 2011’

The George Inn is located adjacent to The Millingbrook Lodge, where we serve a selection of fine locally sourced real ales along with draught beers, lagers, ciders, a range of wines and spirits combined with great home-cooked meals which can be sampled in our comfortable and welcoming lounge, restaurant and bar.

The Landlord Ian and his team keep an impeccable cellar and continue to offer award winning service.

Situated in the heart of Aylburton village and located on the edge of the Royal Forest of Dean, The George Inn is ideally located for tourists and business-persons alike with easy travel links to Lydney, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bristol, Chepstow or Cardiff.

The George Inn prides itself on great service, fresh home-cooked meals, a forest famous reputation for great value for money and has a ‘second-to-none’ standing within the local community.

Hosts: Ian & Carole Lilley
Address: The George Inn & Millingbrook Lodge
High Street, Aylburton, Lydney, The Royal Forest of Dean, GL15 6DE
Phone No: 01594 842 163


Toast - Catering and Coffee Shop Harry Potter Themed Afternoon Teas

Serving craft beers, ciders & wine together with simple honest food. Open Tuesday to Saturday 8.30am to 4.30pm, menu served until 2pm. Cakes and cream teas available throughout the day. Friday evening bar between 5pm and 10pm.

Toast.tutshill can be hired for private events, ranging from casual afternoon teas, cocktail parties through to private parties.

Is this the best Harry Potter inspired afternoon tea ever? Tag someone who'd go crazy about it! 

Harry Potter themed afternoon Teas available - booking essential


The White Heart Newnham

Great pub food serving until 9pm - Riverside and dog friendly

Stone Rock Pizza

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9-10 Upper Church Street
Chepstow, Monmouthshire,NP16 5EX,

Tel: 01291 621616

We absolutely love Pizza, who doesn’t? But there is something very different about real Neapolitan pizza, the kind that is produced with high quality ingredients, using traditional dough making methods and fired at high temperatures in a clay oven. We spent 18 months researching, sourcing the right ingredients and learning about exactly what it takes to make a pizza of this quality. I’m now a certified pizza chef but to provide even more authenticity we’ve recruited a top Pizzaiolo in Pasquale Mangiacotti who has based himself here in Chepstow and helped us perfect our sourdough.


Tudor Farm House

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Tudor Farm House Hotel

High Street, Clearwell, Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, GL16 8JS

Phone: 01594 833046

Swan House Tea Room

A family run business situated on the A48, overlooking the Cone Valley Brook.

Swan House Tea Room is the perfect venue to enjoy a morning coffee, glass of wine with a light lunch, cream tea or delicious homemade cake.  Afternoon Tea our speciality.

Be sure of a warm welcome…

- Morning Coffee
- Light Lunches
- Afternoon Tea
- Regular Supper Clubs
- Sunday Roast
- Fully Licensed

Venue & Catering Available for:

- Tea Parties
- Baby Showers
- Dinner Parties
- Special Occasions

Swan House Tea Room
Cone Valley
United Kingdom
GL15 6AD

01594 528365 

Opening Times
Monday - Closed
Tuesday to Sunday - 10.30am to 4.30pm
Lunches served until 2pm


The Pepper Mill - Chepstow

The Pepper Mill Restaurant & Grill. Serving mouthwatering meats and Sunday lunches in the heart of Chepstow.

29 High Street


NP16 5LJ

01291 630572

Lydney Brew



At Lydney Brew, community is important. Ours is a place where people from all walks of life come to enjoy each other’s company. If you’re a cyclist, a rambler, a dog walker, or someone wanting to have a business meeting, everyone is welcome.

All our staff are there to make your visit enjoyable. They have a good knowledge of the tea, coffee and food that is on offer, so do ask them if you have any questions.

Lydney Brew
Old Farmer Stores
Church Road
GL15 5GE

01594 841729

The Saracens Head - Symonds Yat

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The Saracens Head Inn has stood for centuries in a spectacular position on the east bank of the River Wye in Herefordshire, where the river flows into a steep wooded gorge, on the edge of the Forest of Dean.

Situated in the heart of the Wye Valley between Ross on Wye and Monmouth, this family run Inn is popular with walkers, cyclists, canoeists, fishermen and fans of good food and real ales; and offers Bed and Breakfast accommodation, with most rooms overlooking the River Wye.

Eat and drink in the flag-floored bar, cosy lounge or the restaurant/dining room; or watching the ancient hand ferry from one of our riverside terraces.

Tel: 01600 890435

The Fountain Inn

Welcome to the Fountain Inn & Lodge

Alan and Michelle welcome you to The Fountain Inn and Lodge, Parkend.  With its distinctive bay window, the Inn has been a familiar Forest of Dean landmark for over two centuries.  It has seen the rise and fall of major local enterprises such as Parkend Ironworks and the steam railway, which once passed just a few feet from the front door. Now peaceful, the village makes an ideal base for exploring the surrounding countryside and local attractions

Telephone: +44 (0)1594 562189
Post: Fountain Way, Parkend, Nr. Lydney, Gloucestershire. GL15 4JD

Miners Arms - Whitecroft

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Whitecroft, Gloucestershire, GL15 4PE
01594 562483


Take Aways

Bengal Balti - Lydney

* please note they may deliver if you tell them you are staying at our houses and the order is large. This depends on their staffing levels and day of the week.


Welcome to Bengal Balti

We welcome you to Bengal Balti tempted by an unrivaled range of authentic & imaginative finest indian popular dishes. Our food is cooked to the highest standards only using the best quality & freshest ingredients. Our approach to healthy cooking is that we try to minimize additives in our dishes. 

We never forget that without our customers, many of whom have become friends, none of this success would be possible. So Enjoy your meal & have a memorable experience.

The Management
Bengal Balti


Jimmy's Kitchen - Chinese Cash Payments Only

immy’s Kitchen opened in 2006 and was an instant success.

It is now considered to be one of the best Chinese take-aways in the Forest of Dean by many of Jimmy’s loyal customers.

Our menu features a choice of over 150 dishes from various regions of China, Hong Kong and Thailand. All of which are prepared on site using only the best and freshest ingredients.

We only use British meat from a local supplier and use no GM products.

The professional chefs working at Jimmy’s Kitchen have been trained by Jimmy himself and have over 30 years experience between them. Head Chef He Qiang has been working for Jimmy for over 15 years.

Please inform us of any food allergies before ordering.

If you have any special requests or requirements, please do not hesitate to ask.

We can only accept cash as payment.


Charcoal Grill - Burgers, Kebabs


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GL15 5LB
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D & M Pizza - Delivery

D & M Pizza

 3 Forest Parade, Hill St, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 5HJ

Tel01594 840566

Ruddy's Fish and Chips

Address: 53 Newerne St, Lydney GL15 5RA
Phone: 01594 842497

The Forge Hammer - Indian Restaurant and Take Away


The Forge Hammer is located in Lower Lydbrook and set in the Wye Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty and just 100m from The River Wye. We are able to offer a range of cask conditioned ales, draught lagers and ciders, wines, spirits and soft drinks.

From March until the end of September we have a Gourmet Burger truck situated in the car park at The Forge Hammer. Serving a selection of different snacks, meals and drinks. Why not visit their website at to find out more. Open in the morning to serve early birds whether they be local, canoers, walkers or just passers by.

Incorporated within The Forge Hammer is River Spice Indian restaurant. Offering a new and exciting taste of the Indian Sub-Continent. River Spice staff offer diners a complete gastronomic experience. We work hard in maintaining exceptionally high standards of cooking and service for every customer. We cater for group bookings, events, special occasions and outside catering. To view the restaurant or takeaway menu please click on the button below (Please Note: Indian Food will be unavailable until 7th November 2017)

Al's Plaice Fish and Chips




Forest Of Dean Activities

Please click on the link below to go to a pdf listing the activities that the Forest Of Dean can offer you


Hens with Pens

Don your beret and get creative at a hen party life drawing class in any part of the UK with Hens with Pens.

Class duration: 2 hours Price: £250 for up to 15 hens, and £50 for every group of 1-5 hens more. What hens get:

•   Tutor and model comes to you

•   Drawing materials provided

•   Retro swing music included

•   Berets and moustaches to wear for fun

•   No experience necessary – you don’t need to be able to draw already!

1st hour: group drawing games/exercises 2nd hour: life drawing from a male model

All of our tutors are experienced and qualified artists. You don’t need any experience and there’s no need to worry about your drawing ability – the idea is just to have fun!


Telephone: 07968189060

Westonbirt - The National Arboretum

Holford Ride, Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, is located in Gloucestershire, three miles from the Cotswold market town of Tetbury.

The historic, Victorian picturesque landscape and internationally important tree and shrub collection is managed by the Forestry Commission and supported by the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.

The 15,000 labelled trees (around 2,500 different types of tree) come from Britain, China, North America, Japan, Chile and other temperate climates. Planting started in the 1850s by Robert Holford; the rich Victorian landowner to whom the Westonbirt estate belonged.

Within the 17 miles of accessible paths and five national collections,children become young adventurers, adults connect with trees throughguided walksworkshopsself-led trails or volunteering.

Westonbirt Arboretum consists of three main areas. The Old Arboretum (a dog free zone) is a carefully designed landscape dating from the 1850s offering beautiful vistas, stately avenues and trees from around the world.

Silk Wood (dog-friendly) is an ancient, semi-natural woodland which has exotic plantings throughout its landscape, whilst the Grade I registered Downs hosts species-rich grassland and is a great picnicking location. 

Westonbirt attracts over 400,000 visitors per year and is known worldwide for its spectacular autumn colour and the springrhododendron, azalea and magnolia displays. The arboretum is popular for groups, individuals and educational visits.


Lydney Park Estate



About Lydney Park Estate

Lydney Park Estate is situated between Gloucester and Chepstow in the Forest Of Dean. The original mansion house at Lydney Park was built by the Wintour Family who were prominent supporters of King Charles I. In 1719 Lydney Park Estate was acquired by Benjamin Bathurst and his descendants have owned it ever since.

In 1876 the family demolished the original road-side mansion house, moving to a new house in the centre of the deer park. In 1935 Captain Charles Bathurst was created Viscount Bledisloe for his services as Governor General of New Zealand. Rupert Bathurst is the fourth Viscount Bledisloe, his father Christopher having died in 2009. 

Estate Office
01594 842844

Elton Giant Mazes

3 Maize Mazes & the Activities Maze

We are located in Gloucestershire near the M4, M48, M50 and A48

The Elton Farm Maize Mazes, located between Newnham upon Severn and Westbury upon Severn are now a top Forest of Dean visitor attraction. The photo shows a young visitor exploring the Elton Maize Mazes.

Contact Us

Elton Farm
Littledean Road
GL14 1JU

Our Phone numbers
Brian 01594 827 007
Peter 01452 760 795



Beechenhurst Outdoor Adventure

Forest of Dean

Beechenhurst lies in the heart of the forest, and is a great place to start your adventure. Discover the Sculpture Trail, play area, cafe, climbing tower and Tree Top Junior.

Puzzlewood - A magical day out in the Forest of Dean

Could it be the maze of pathways winding through the gulleys of mossy rocks, the twisted roots of the yew trees or the bridges, lookouts and other things you can find on your way round?

Puzzlewood is a unique and enchanting place, located in the beautiful and historic Forest of Dean. Explore a mile of meandering pathways, with its fantastic tree and rock formations, through this 14 acre ancient woodland. It has an atmosphere quite unlike any other wood you have visited. JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood, and it's easy to see why.

As well as the woods we have lots of animals, a willow maze, indoor mazes and a toddler racing track, an outdoor playground, plenty of picnic benches, a cafe and gift shop with lots of local crafts.

The magical scenery of Puzzlewood has made it a popular location for filming and to date we have played host to a number of exciting television dramas including Dr Who, Merlin and Atlantis.

The National Diving Centre

Please see the website for an array of diving activites availble just 10 miles from the properties.


Please also take a look at The Wire - Great entertainment for the whole family

The Wire is one of the UK's longest, tallest and fastest zip slides, running the 700 metre length of the NDAC Quarry.

Launch yourself from the 70m high cliff edge and speed along the length of our 80m deep flooded quarry.

Reaching speeds up to 40 miles per hour this exhilarating ride will take your breath away!



Join us in our leafy hangouts for an unforgettable adventure. Our magical forests are the perfect place to let loose, have a laugh, and reconnect with your Tribe. Whether you’re eight or eighty, with a head for heights or not – we’ve got the perfect adventure for you. 

Forest of Dean Sculpture





The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust and The Forestry Commission have worked in partnership for the last 30 years to create this vital Sculpture Trail that enjoys visitors of over 300,000 people per year.  We rely on donations and fundraising to commission new works for the trail.

The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail was established in 1986, thanks in large part to the shared vision of Martin Orrom, then Forestry and Environment Officer for the Forestry Commission, Jeremy Rees, the founding director of the Arnolfini gallery in Bristol and Rupert Martin, Curator at the Arnolfini. The original commissions, collectively titled Stand and Stare, came out of the land art movement, in which landscape and the works of art were seen as inextricably connected. Amongst the first group of artists to install works on the trail were David Nash, Magdalena Jetelova, Ian Hamilton Finlay and Cornelia Parker. The sculptures were intended to

‘…arrest our attention, cause us to pause and contemplate both the isolated object and its surroundings. They were to act as catalysts for our imaginations, releasing new ideas in us about our relationship to nature and the environment, and prompting a sense of awe and wonder.’ (Martin, 1990, p.16)

The brief given to the artists was very clear – that the works should respond intellectually, historically, physically and conceptually to the particularity of place. In other words, that all of the works would be specific to the Forest of Dean, rather than reflecting generally on environmental issues or on a generic notion of a forest. The artworks you see on the trail were not simply placed here, but developed and inspired by the place – from its history and its material qualities.

The works were deliberately discrete in the woodland. The idea being that visitors would have to seek them out or come across them by chance. However, their popularity demanded footpaths and signposting. Nevertheless, the Forest is not a gallery. It is a location, a place, an industry, an environment, a dwelling place for flora and fauna and a site for leisure activity. The sculptures and the environment are of equal value and do not  compete for attention. The Forest of Dean has a fascinating history and the immediate impression of rural idyll and romantic landscape belies the historical tensions between industrial and sylvan, man-made and natural, utopian and dystopian, settlements and forest, all of which have shaped this unique environment. As such it presents a rich source of inspiration – not only for artists – but for everyone.

Following that first wave of commissions the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust was set up to oversee the maintenance of the trail and to commission new works – both permanent and temporary. The Trust has sought to stay true to the vision of our founders, whilst reflecting current movements in sculpture.

We invite visitors to enjoy the works on a wide range of levels. You will not find labels and information on the route, but instead are encouraged to investigate the sculptures in your own way.

You, of course, will bring with you your own stories, narratives and experiences which will influence the way you encounter these artworks in the forest. We hope you enjoy them now and come back again soon – either in another season (as these sculptures enjoy ever-changing visual contexts) or to see the new works as they appear over the next phase of commissioning.

The FODST provides opportunities for artist professional development by commissioning artists at crucial stages in their careers. The Trust’s expertise in selecting and commissioning artists at early stages in their careers is nationally recognised as significant and vital to their subsequent international careers. For example, David Nash created his first Dome in the forest in 1986, he then went onto create them across the world.

In 2016, the Trust has installed two new temporary artworks and two more permanent works following support from Forestry Commission and major investment from Arts Council England, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, and the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust.


The Sculpture Trail is Owned and managed by the Forestry Commission. The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust is a registered charity no.1059078 that raises money to commission new artworks. The charity is governed by a board of voluntary trustees: Nicholas Bury (Chair), Paul Harper (Vice-Chair), Phil Morton (Treasurer), Glynn Williams, Sarah Bowden, Joanna Greenhill, Jo Volley, Andrew Stonyer and John de la Cour. The commissions of the Trust are overseen by Project Director Cathy Mager.

Dean Forest Railway


Welcome to the Dean Forest Railway

The Friendly Forest Line!

Our 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 our 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.

Our volunteers work hard to ensure you have a great day out, we hope you can find all you need to know on our website and come and visit us soon!



Thomas visits the Dean Forest Railway again in 2017 on 27th - 29th October and 2nd & 3rd December.

Tickets for October are available to book online here.

Tickets for December are available to book online here.

Wye Canoes Hire, Guiding and Instruction

Wye Canoes are Adventure Experts with years of experience Providing Professional and friendly Canoe & Kayak Hire, Mountain Bike Hire, Guided River Trips, Expert Tuition and Courses on the River Wye and the River Usk as well as a range of Outdoor Activities and Multi Activity Adventures in the Wye Valley!

Canoeing the River Wye is one outdoor experience not to be missed, voted by the WWF as the public's favourite river! So whether it's running the rapids at Symonds Yat or just taking a lazy cruise through stunning scenery of the Wye Valley, come and experience this unique river for yourselves. Wye Canoes offers great outdoor activities to suit everyone's tastes.

Experience this stunning loca at its best with our affordable half/full or multi-day Professionally Guided River Trips, or if it's just the equipment you're after then look no further than our Self Guided River Trips either which are perfect for small or large groups and beginners to experienced canoeists. Our equipment is modern, safe and reliable and we have highly trained, experienced river guides and instructors who will ensure you get the most out of your day out and are on hand should you need any friendly tips or advice.

Wye Canoes Kayaking on the River Wye

We offer great value adventure experiences which often combine exciting outdoor activities with canoeing or kayaking, or you can have a fun day out Climbing, Caving, Gorge Scrambling, Hiking, Orienteering, Mountain Biking or learning Bushcraft and Survival skills in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. These Adventure Experience Packages are ideal for large groups, corporate team building, and stag or hen parties. We also provide professional One to One Instruction to develop your canoe and kayak skills, plus a range of Courses in Coaching Paddlesport, Bushcraft and Survival, First Aid and Safety & Rescue.

Based in Symonds Yat West, on the edge of the Forest of Dean between Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth, we offer all these fantastic activities and outdoor pursuits to take advantage of our idyllic location at the heart of the Wye Valley.

If you need any advice regarding your Wye Valley Adventure please don't hesitate to call and speak to a member of our expert team !


The Cyril Hart Arboretum


The Cyril Hart Arboretum was established in 1915 with trees brought back by the Victorian plant hunter Ernest Wilson from his 1910 explorations of China.

 At the time the arboretum was known as the Speech House Arboretum it was later renamed the Cyril Hart Arboretum after Dr Cyril Hart who dedicated a lifetime of service to forestry and was a Senior Verderer (1952 – 2009) of the Forest of Dean.

The collection of trees has been added to over the years and now contains species found from around the globe. The Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission with the help of a team of local volunteers.

There is a level surfaced trail around one side of the arboretum, the rest is unsurfaced but still flat and can easily accommodate pushchairs and those less able. The arboretum is within a fenced area making this site popular with dog walkers, whilst enjoying the area please be a responsible dog owner. 

Cannop Ponds


A series of manmade ponds lie in the Cannop Valley.

Located beside the middle pond there is a large grassed area ideal for family games and picnics. 

The popular fishing lake is an idyllic spot to view local birdlife, including Mandarin ducks.

A couple enjoy the view at Cannop Ponds, Forest of DeanThe car park provides good access to the Family Cycle Trail, cyclists are requested to stick to this trail rather than using the pondside paths. 

The ponds are leased to Yorkley Angling Club for fishing, day tickets can be purchased from the club bailiff at the bankside.  Please note there is a close season in place from Mid March to May each year.

Please keep dogs under control and out of the water when fishermen are present.

Soudley Ponds


Soudley Ponds, Forest of Dean

Soudley ponds are a haven for wildlife and are surrounded by an impressive stand of douglas fir trees. 

The pondside paths are surfaced and start from both the north and south carpark. Bridges allow access between the ponds, please do not encourage children to play in or around the spillways. 

A steep walk up the ridge takes you to the Blaize Bailey viewpoint overlooking the River Severn.

Soudley fishing syndicate lease the lower pond for fly fishing, the other ponds are nature reserves.


Speech House Woodland


Old oaks in woodland near Speech house. Forest of Dean

Speech House Woodland is situated close to the most famous building in the Forest of Dean - The Speech House. 

The Speech House was built in 1676 by the King as a "court" where local people could have their say, regular verderers meetings are still held here to discuss the management of the vert and venison.

There are many old oak trees dotted along the site and some large beech trees line the car park and track. 

You may join the circular Sculpture Trail from the car park. 

Woorgreens Nature Reserve is just a short walk away.  The reserve is jointly managed with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.


Wenchford - Blackpool Brook Picnic Area


Children playing in the water. Blackpool brook. Forest of Dean


A popular picnic site with picnic tables, bbq places, an easy access path and a paddling area. 


The Blackpool Brook trickles through the site under the dappled shade of the large oak trees.  An easy access path runs down from the car park to the picnic site.

New Fancy - Formal Coal Mine Site Beautiful Views


Birdwatchers at the New Fancy viewpoint. Forest of Dean

Formerly the site of the New Fancy coal mine. The old spoil heap now provides spectacular views across the Forest.

It is an ideal place to watch birds of prey soaring above the woodland.

Other features at New Fancy include the Geomap, a walk on map showing the underlying geology of the forest with mines and quarries marked on, plus the Roll of Honour Sculpture.

There is easy access to the Family Cycle Trail from the car park.

Nagshead Nature Reserve

Visitor Centre at Nagshead Nature Reserve. Forest of Dean

A small carpark serves the Nature Reserve which is a joint project with the RSPB.

A daily bulletin board lets you know which species of birds may be seen in the locality.

There are two wildlife hides and two waymarked walking trails which can be found near the centre.

The centre is manned by volunteers and is not open all year round, please contact the local RSPB office for more details 01594 562852.



Peddle Bike Away - Cycle Hire and Cyle Tracks



Looking for things to do with the kids? The Forest of Dean Family Trail is, quite literally, the perfect place in Gloucestershire for a day out with the family or a gentle cycle with friends. It’s a beautifully tranquil place to spend your spare time. It’s safe too. The 11 mile (17km), traffic-free trail explores the quieter parts of the forest, using old mining railway tracks and forest roads. Accessed directly from Pedalabikeaway, the green graded Family Trail is rideable by all ages and abilities.

It gently follows the Cannop Valley before climbing gradually through ancient oak and beech woodland to Drybrook Road Station.

If you’re lucky you may spot some of our resident wild boar and roe deer populations, or even an elusive goshawk, before descending to the picnic spots at Cannop Ponds and back to the cycle centre.
We have a massive range of bikes of all shapes and sizes, plus all the accessories (including kids seats, tagalongs, trailers and electric bikes) to ensure the whole family can get out and enjoy the forest together.

Clearwell Caves

Clearwell Caves, a uniquely special home to so many amazingthings!

An extensive natural cave system, set in a beautiful valley. Walk through the show-caves and mine workings with exciting displays throughout. Remarkably, Clearwell Caves have produced artists' pigment for over 4,500 years and ochre pigments are still mined here today. You see our ochre workshop where pigment is still produced. Iron ore was mined here for over 2,000 years, until 1945; making Clearwell Caves one of the most complex and ancient mine systems in Britain. Going underground here is a great experience for all the family and an essential part of any visit to the Forest of Dean.


Whitecliff 4 x 4 Training and Experiences

Whitecliff 4X4: We’ve been running Land Rovers and Range Rovers on our private 4X4 off-road training site since 1997.

We provide Introductory, Advanced and Owner-driver courses as well as Junior off-road experiences for those who are 14yrs and over. The Introductory half-day and Advanced full-day courses can be booked on a 1:1 basis, so more driving, lots of practice and vehicle with instructor all to yourself for the duration.

For individuals or groups who are looking for an enjoyable team building, stag/hen event or a corporate day-out. We also offer professionally recognised 4×4 off-road driving certification, which complies with workplace health & safety regulations.




View our MiniGolf Gallery

A twelve-hole roman ruin fantasy set in spectacular scenery in the Wye Valley.

An outstanding outdoor course with all-weather artificial-turf fairways. The design unites a picturesque roman ruin theme, retro minigolf style and adventure golf features for ultimate playability for all ages.

Everyone loves the challenge of minigolf, and this course is a real leveller so you never know who’ll win. Where else can children beat their parents with a club in a fair contest?

This course is unusually accessible for wheelchair users. Ball-lifting aids and soft or short putters are available, so that even a toddler can play.

Extra rounds are half-price.

Customers of the aMazing Hedge Puzzle or the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo get all their rounds at half-price.

The Dean Heritage Centre - Gruffalow Trail Bradley Hill Woodland Trail



What is the Dean Heritage Centre

The Dean Heritage Centre is one of Gloucestershire's leading attractions. Set across a stunning and fully interactive five acre site, the centre protects and preserves the unique history and heritage of the beautiful Forest of Dean.



The Gruffalo Woodland Trail


The Gruffalo at the Dean Heritage Centre


Our woodland trail based on the much loved children's book, The Gruffalo. 

Back by popular demand, wander with the famous mouse as he makes his journey through the woodland, meeting the various animals along the way. Discover how he gets out of some tricky situations and enjoy the brilliant story, whilst admiring these much loved character carvings. 

Are you brave enough to have a go at our wobbly bridge - while your there can you spot our Rainbow Trout, kingfisher and dippers - you may also get lucky and see our ducklings. 


"Fab for families"


" It was by far the best day of our holiday from watching the wood carving before we came in, to playing schools in the victorian class room with a multitude of craft/ creative activities in between it was brilliant! Our kids particularly loved learning about making flour and celtic weapons in the tent (and making their own shields), following and reading the gruffalo trail, making fairy gardens and plaster casts, taking brass rubbings and smelling the smelly boxes! You have a great business there. All the best for the future!Pete, October 2017


"A great resource"


"A few years ago, you were enormously helpful to me when I came in to research the history of lumberjills and Italians POWs in the Forest in World War Two. I'm delighted to say that the novel I was researching has been bought by publishers and will be published next July. That wouldn't have been possible without your input, so thank you so much! 
Sarah Franklin, December 2016

Ferret Walking at the Dean Heritage Centre

Home to four resident ferrets, Sonic, Bramble, Brimstone and Nancy. Visitors can experience being walked by a ferret, much to the amusement of those taking part and any onlookers.

Join us as we excercise these furry mammals Monday to Friday, including bank holidays, but weather permitting, as ferrets don't like to walk in the rain.

Barn Owl Centre



Established in 1997, the Barn Owl Centre is a UK charity dedicated to Education, Owl Conservation, Rescue & Rehabilitation.
Due to the nature of our work within the countryside, we only open by booking only, this is for Owl Experiences, Photography Days, Owl Nest Boxes etc...

For enquiries on Owl Nest Boxes & Conservation advice, call: 01452 383999
Office is open 7 days a week from 9am until 9pm. For rescues, we operate a 24hr service.

Pony Trekking - Horse Riding



About Us
Our company is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team is committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat customers and referrals.
Pony Trekking is available for most ages and abilities catered for in small friendly groups.
Lessons are also available with our qualified instructor.
We also provide breaking and schooling services, livery and holiday cover.
Insured with SEIB

Fully licensed with The Forest of Dean District Council
Court Farm
Nr Lydney
GL15 6ES
Contact Tina on 07956087445

Horse Riding - Pony Trekking



Severnwye Farm is located near Woolaston and Alvington, a short drive from the A48 between Chepstow and Lydney, in the Forest of Dean. The ancient woodland and forest trails are easily accessible. As well as horses and ponies, we have llamas, wild boar and other animals.

Visitors are welcome, and there is plenty of parking on the farm at the top of the drive.

The Liam Bond Golf Academy - Tidenham, Chepstow, Monmouthshire

Paintballing - Blakeney


Paintball isForest of Dean Paintball & Airsoft is a small family run business with over ten years experience putting on events for private parties, corporate days, team building, stag and hen parties and just plain old shoot 'em up days.

The site is located in Blakeney overlooking the River Severn.

The 50 acre site has many facilities including toilets, car parking and lockup for valuables.  The site itself features varied terrain which makes every combat zone unique. currently one of the fastest growing sports in Europe.
Forest of Dean Paintball
layed have different objectives and scenarios; it is then down to you to achieve your particular task without getting 'marked' (paintballed) by your opposing team.

The Wild Place - Outdoor Adventure



Wild Place Project is a fun, family attraction that provides outdoor adventure, play and learning.

Our vision is to create a sustainable future for wildlife & people through our conservation and education work.

We aim to inspire families to enjoy nature with a number of outdoor adventures from discovering wildlife from the UK and around the world with our seasonal themed trails, explore the woods and climbing in the undercover Fun Fort. Or simply to enjoy a great range of hot food & drinks in our quaint guest village.

Visitors to Wild Place Project can meet amazing animals from across the world from the mischievous lemurs of Madagascar to the striking grey wolves of Europe.

Lydney Park Run 5KM - You must register beforehand


What is Lydney parkrun?

It is a 5km run - it's you against the clock.

When is it?

Every Saturday at 9:00am.

Where is it?

The event takes place at Lydney Boating Lake, Lakeside Gardens, Lydney, GL15 5RH. See Course page for more details.

What does it cost to join in?

Nothing - it's free! but please register before your first run. Only ever register with parkrun once. Don't forget to bring a printed copy of your barcode (request a reminder). If you forget it, you won't get a time.

How fast do I have to be?

We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!

Lydney parkrun needs you!

It is entirely organised by volunteers - email to help.

We're friendly!

Every week we grab a post parkrun coffee at the garages, by the lake, and enjoy the pleasant surroundings - please come and join us!

Trapped - Escape Rooms Gloucester

Based on the Japanese online game 'Takagism', Escape Rooms is a real-life room escape game which requires players to work together to solve hidden puzzles to escape a locked themed room, before the 1-hour timer runs out. This exciting new concept, brings the popular online game into real life and gives players the opportunity to use their intuition, teamwork skills and intelligence to accomplish a unique and challenging task. The game is incredibly popular in Asia, the US and several European countries. Thousands of people have played worldwide and 99% say they would visit



Experience a trigger pumping game more explosive and heart-pounding than any movie or video game.

Exciting and futuristic games that let's anybody be an action hero.

BattleSports is based at Elton Leisure, with purpose built game zones in open rural terrain, an assault course, a close quarters maze and more team building activities to offer, we are conveniently located 11 miles from Gloucester just off the A48.

The Long Distance Walkers Associates


Gloucestershire, Monmouthshire
A route through the Forest of Dean, Severn Plain and Cotswolds linking the Wye Valley Walk and Offa's Dyke Path National Trail to the Severn, Cotswold, Oxfordshire and Heart of England Ways. The guide also provides details of a link from Tewksbury to the Worcestershire Way. See also Three Choirs Way.
The route through Stow on the Wold has been improved by the construction of a footpath to the west of Stow Hill. This is a safety measure to allow walkers to cross theFosse Way at the top of the hill where there is a central refuge, rather than have to cross half way down where there are 3 lanes of fast moving traffic.



Forest Climbing Ltd


Located in Cinderford, Forest Climbing Ltd provides a fun atmosphere for bouldering, parties and fitness in one convenient location. Contact us for a free visit and meet our friendly, professional staff.

Westbury Court Gardens

View to the Pavillion

Dutch water garden - a rare and beautiful survival

Originally laid out between 1696 and 1705, this is the only restored Dutch style water garden in the country.

Visitors can explore canals, clipped hedges and working 17th-century vegetable plots and discover many old varieties of fruit trees.

Telephone 01452760461


Forest Of Dean Adventure Golf


Pirate Island is up and running! Come and enjoy twelve holes of pirate adventure themed golf. It's great fun for all ages, our new purpose-built course is fully accessible and designed to allow everyone to have a great time. There are challenges at every turn with croc-infested water, pontoon crossings and something different at every hole. We've got a great viewing platform and cafe where you can take a breather after your round, or somewhere comfortable if you'd rather sit it out and watch.


Forest of Dean Adventure Golf,

Elton Leisure :Littledean Road,

Newnham, Gloucestershire

GL14 1JU

Tel: 07990 958084/07785 540133



Forest Of Dean Adventure

The Adventure Starts Here

Discover the beauty of the Forest of Dean from a different perspective – climbing as high as you dare, swinging on a trapeze, getting to grips with a bow and arrow or getting muddy (maybe!) on our assault course. We offer a mix of great activities from our two sites at Bracelands and Beechenhurst – book online to find out what’s available, we’d love to see you!

Whether you’re looking for something to keep your children busy for an hour or so, want to challenge yourself or have a fiendish plan to get the whole family involved, Forest of Dean Adventure is great for all ages and abilities. We also cater for groups – children and grown-ups alike!

All activities are run by trained instructors who will ensure high standards of safety at all times. They’ll make sure you get the most out of the experience – and that you have plenty of fun!

T: 01594 821003

M: 07584 710202


Clay Pigeon shooting




The Forest of Dean's Premier Shooting School

Join us for a day of clay pigeon shooting, air rifle or archery. From absolute beginners and those who just want to have a go through to practised shots who wish to hone their skills, our friendly, qualified and experienced coaches will guide you every step of the way, making your time with us enjoyable,fun and valuable.

We ensure you have our full attention by pre-booking all activities so that you have your own designated time slot and coach.

Planning a corporate event or hen/ stag party? Then our country sports are a great day out and at DBC Leisure, groups and parties are more than welcome.

Our lodge provides tea and coffee making facilities, an undercover seating area, and for all day events we offer on-site catering.

DBC Leisure is also mobile! We can come to you and provide a touch of country life to your event or function. Whether its a wedding, garden party or most outdoor events, our activities add an exciting alternative entertainment.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Inspire to Adventure

Group Activity Days

Outdoor activities are more fun when you do them together!  Inspire2Adventure welcomes many groups throughout the year - from scout and guide groups to hen parties to companies on their awaydays.  We take pride in working with each group to make sure they get the most out of their time with us and can tailor our offer to fit your specific requirements.

Take advantage of the most natural environments

Our activities take place in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley in Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire.  These areas offer some breathtaking scenery and there are plenty of other attractions around if you're planning to stay for a few days.  And if you're travelling from further afar, we're ideally located and within easy reach from Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham, and London is just 3 hours away. 

Need help with other facilities?

You'll find plenty of good accommodation in the area - whether you want to go back to basics and camp or would prefer a comfortable hotel - and we're happy to make recommendations.  Local towns such as Monmouth and Coleford offer plenty of choice for eating out and, if you're looking for nightlife, there's plenty happening in Cheltenham, Bristol and Cardiff!

For companies that need to combine meetings with activities, we can arrange the use of meeting rooms at our base in Wyastone Business Park, Monmouth.

Your group adventure starts here!


Inspire Consulting & Coaching Ltd
T/A Inspire2Adventure
Wyastone Business Park
NP25 3SR

Tel 01600 891515


Sandford Pool - Trout Fishery

Welcome to Sandford Fishery

Whether you are a beginner or expert fly fisher we have some of the best hard fighting brown & rainbow trout ready for you to challenge! What makes Sandford special is our crystal clear spring fed pool. 

This provides excellent levels of oxygen for the fish all year around and allows you to stalk large trout making it a perfect day out for all skill levels. Our friendly staff will make your day a special day, so come and join us for some excellent sport!


07931 115 301


The Bespoke Brewery Company

The Bespoke Brewing Co. is a traditional brewery producing high quality, award winning beer with a bespoke label design service. Create your own labels for our Real Ale to make a great gift, or use our design team to personalise the beer for your wedding day, event, venue, club, corporate day or Christmas party. Bespoke labelled bottles make a great talking point for any event. The beer is produced on the site of the old Wintles brewery in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, formerly a large independent Victorian brewery. Closed down in the early 1900’s we have now resurrected the traditional art of brewing on the same site. Using our bespoke recipes, the real ale is hand crafted on site using only premium ingredients. Rigorous quality control and tasting ensures that the finished product offers a great taste every time.


Unit 5 The Mews, Mitcheldean,
Gloucestershire, GL17 0SL


01594 546426



The International Centre for Birds of Prey


Call – 01531 820286
Email –
Boulsdon House
Newent Gloucestershire GL18 1JJ

Hillside Brewery - Beer Tasting and Experience Days

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We are only a small brewery and we are very proud of that. In fact writing this website is stopping me doing deliveries or helping our head brewer with the latest creation!

And it is that creation, that passion to enjoy another great beer that keeps us getting up in the morning (although the view does help!). We love what we do and, to be honest, the people we do it with and who we do it for.

Be that a cask going to a pub locally or, as our reputation grows, further afield or it a group coming in for a brewery tour. The enthusiasm they have for us to produce a great tasting beer is more than enough for us to head in to the brewery and get the mash tun going!

Our range is evolving as we realise what our customers like and, ok let’s be honest, what they don’t! We now have a great core range which we brew and we are adding craft specials to this selection on an ongoing basis.

Now all we ask is take a look around the website, try a beer, book on to a tour or use our great venue to host an event – whatever it is we just want you to like what we do and let us know what you think as well.

Superb experience days at Hillside

For stag do’s and hen parties and company team building to friends get togethers – we really can create an event that will work for every type of group.

We will help you pull the whole day together – working within your budget to make your day at Hillside Brewery a day to remember. Think of the selection below as our Core Range – all superb days which we know work really well but it doesn’t mean we can’t add or subtract certain elements to make it an individual event just for you and your friends and guests.

All are experience days are suitable for over 12’s and can even enjoy the brewery tour but unfortunately they won’t be able to sample the beer until they are over 18!

So get in touch by emailing us here or calling us on 01452 830 222.

We look forward to seeing you at Hillside Brewery!


Crafty Hen Parties

The Crafty Hen offers fun craft workshops delivered by professional crafts people for hen parties. Our flock of friendly tutors will help you make many things to use and wear, perhaps even for the wedding or hen weekend.? We tailor your workshops and parties exactly to your needs and the group requests. We come to your accommodation and provide all materials and equipment as well as expert tuition.

We can offer sessions in making garters, nipple tassels or customising knickers. There is also a range of jewellery making workshops to choose from; including tiaras and hairpins, cocktail rings, textile corsages and accessories. You can even make your own bunting, why not work together and use this to decorate your wedding.? With some of our workshops we can offer vintage options, you can incorporate vintage fabrics and antique lace into your creations.?

Contact Details


Phone: 0117 939 5203



LiquorShaker is a cocktail events company that brings cocktail making to you.

For groups wishing to learn about making cocktails for themselves, the beginner’s “Introduction to Cocktails” or the more advanced “Cocktail Masterclass” are LiquorShaker’s lively, yet instructional cocktail courses, both of which help you to learn the essentials required to make professional quality cocktails at home.

If you are planning a special occasion or event and need someone else to make the drinks for you, Liquorshaker should be your first choice for mobile cocktail bar service. We will work with you to create your perfect menu, with customisation such as requirement including favourite cocktails, complementing the event’s theme or assisting in the promotion of a product at launch.

We take our cocktail making seriously so that you can concentrate on having fun!


Creative Vision

Ladies Entertainment with a charming, attractive male model (or male & female model) Want to test your drawing skills, in a nice way of choose. How about adding a Male Life Drawing class to your event. Duration - Approx 2/3 hrs (no min # hens)

Location - Cottage, Meeting Room or any other suitable room

Price - neg. depending on location & numbers, Skills required - None, Tuition given

Materials - Pads, pencils etc provided For more details pls email.

Contact Details:




Green and Jenks

Green & Jenks



Deciding where to go for your do? Sorting out a soiree? We may just have the room for you!

From children’s ice cream making parties, to special occasions or a catch up with old friends we can cater for you.

Ice cream cakes can be booked in advance, making your celebration a little bit different.

We work with outside caterers so we can supply a wide range of food choices including our home made gelato’s, sorbets and frozen yogurts.



01600 711 657

Shooting - Clay Pigeon - Archery


The Forest of Dean's Premier Shooting School

Join us for a day of clay pigeon shooting, air rifle or archery. From absolute beginners and those who just want to have a go through to practised shots who wish to hone their skills, our friendly, qualified and experienced coaches will guide you every step of the way, making your time with us enjoyable,fun and valuable.

We ensure you have our full attention by pre-booking all activities so that you have your own designated time slot and coach.

Planning a corporate event or hen/ stag party? Then our country sports are a great day out and at DBC Leisure, groups and parties are more than welcome.

Our lodge provides tea and coffee making facilities, an undercover seating area, and for all day events we offer on-site catering.

DBC Leisure is also mobile! We can come to you and provide a touch of country life to your event or function. Whether its a wedding, garden party or most outdoor events, our activities add an exciting alternative entertainment.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Black Rock Reptiles


Black Rock Reptiles Specialises in children's birthday parties and we have great fun teaching the children about all the different animals we have. Children have a hands on experience with animals that they wouldn't normally see, and get to learn all about them in a fun way.

As well as children's birthday parties, we also attended secondary and Primary schools to give educational talks along with Nursery's and  Pre-schools allowing the little ones a chance to meet the reptiles. 

We have just opened                               which is located in Coleford, Gloucestershire. This is giving people the opportunity to come to us, however this is booking only, and no walk ins are available.

  • We bring our reptiles to you at your chosen venue, Or you can join us at The Animal Hub.

  • What ever your requirements are we will cater for you..

  • We are fully licenced and insured and handwash is provided throughout the encounter.

  • We are currently covering the gloucestershire and bristol area, however we are more than willing to travel further.

Palace Theatre - Local Cinema



The earliest information we have for a cinema at the bottom of Belle Vue Road in Cinderford is a lease dated 31st December 1910 for 10 years at £10 a year. This lease is to 'erect and complete within the space of three calender months from the date hereof the building intended for an Electric or Cinematograph theatre now in course of erection'
The lessee was Herbert H.Jacobs, brother of Montague (Monty) Jacobs who ran a Mens Outfitters in the Triangle in the centre of town next to the Midland (HSBC) Bank which traded until a fire in the 1980s.
It was originally called The New Theatre because there was already a theatre in Cinderford, The Empire in Commercial Street.
We are indebted to local historian Alec Pope for an article on The History of the Palace Cinema Cinderford that appeared in the Dean Forest Mercury on March 26th 1993 from which a good deal of the following is taken.
The building was single storey brick built with a dome on the roof either side of an open entrance that was closed by a concertina metal grille behind which was a hexagonal ticket kiosk just to the right of the centre. Either side of the entrance were boards which boasted THE NEW THEATRE - PICTURES AND VARIETY, with Comedy-Drama-Instruction on the left and The World Before Your Eyes on the right.
In the early days the doorman or commissionaire was Harry Knight, part of whose duties was to shout out the details of the film programme to the public in the street, just as the 'barkers' would do at the Bioscope picture shows in the travelling fairgrounds in previous years.
His wife was the pianist, providing musical accompaniment for the silent films, a difficult job needing the musician to rapidly match the music to the action on the screen, which she performed until the 'Talkies' came along in about 1930.
Free miner Henry Roberts, whose mother Olivia (Southgate) was a box office cashier from opening, remembers that there were two musicians, a piano and a violin, separated from the front row of seats by a 5ft wooden partition. Mains electricity did not come to Cinderford until 1928 so the cinema had its own Crossley single cylinder gas engine attached to a generator sited in the room where the gents toilet is now. When a tender love scene was being shown on the screen and the quiet music of the violin played to a silent audience, then the PHUT PHUT of the engine outside tended to spoil the illusion.
The action in silent films was interspersed with sub-titles to explain what was going on. Often the words were too small to be read by those in the back rows but they were helped by patrons, often elderley ladies, reading out loud for everyone to hear. Imagine how that would go down nowadays!
Henry continued, there were two performances each evening, films changed on mon and thur. The 'last house' finished about 11pm and on the walk home there were hazzards, not of being attacked or robbed, but of walking into obstructions on the roads or pavements as often the sparse gas lighting in the streets was extinguished at 10pm. There were no lighted shop windows and often the town donkey could be found in recessed shop doorways and there was a risk of walking into a protruding head....
During March 1912 the Forests coal mines had been on strike and at the end of the month the cinema offered films at Strike Prices of 2d, 4d and 9d for adults and 1d, 2d and 6d for children. Films were changed twice weekly, except on special occasions, a notable one being THE TITANIC DISASTER in May 1912 which played for a whole week. Afterwards the manager Mr E.W.Juson declared 'We are Pioneers of Cinematography in the Forest of Dean.
Adverts for 3rd and 30th July 1915 show the cinema closed for repainting and a new screen and a change of manager, Mr George Rogers. A photo from about this time shows the addition of a wooden porch on the front of the building, presumably to help keep out the winds resulting from Cinderfords hilltop position. It also shows the roof domes gone, anecdote from other cinemas suggests they were always diificult to keep watertight.
Disaster struck in 1919 when the building was badly damaged by fire. While the cinema was out of action film showings were transferred to The Empire until this too caught fire on 6th July 1919, never to re-open.

Hunks In Trunks - The World Famous Naked Butler and Chef Company


We are a leading provider of naked butlers and the Naked Chef Catering Service for hen nights, private parties and corporate events across the UK.

Hunks in Trunks is a great fun way to enjoy any event whether it be a birthday, private party or a hen night we guarantee our naked waiters will be the highlight of your evening.

Our naked butlers are confident, polite and most of all professional in all that they do and guarantee to make your hen party, private function, wedding or corporate event a memorable one.

The 'Naked Butler' attire is used at many of our hen party and corporate events consisting of an apron, collar and red dickie bow including the option to go for a bare bum!


Tracy Hunt Therapies


Tracy Hunt Therapies provides a high quality mobile therapy service to individuals, groups, parties & events throughout Gloucestershire and into adjoining counties.
Tracy and her team of therapists are well qualified, experienced and genuinely care about the individual needs of each client, with a supportive and friendly approach throughout.
Mini and full treatments are available, with a full and varied choice. There is something for everyone to enjoy, and very competitively priced!
See the pamper party page on her website, and read the testimonials on the main menu.

View Testimonials

Contact Details

Phone: 07878881299



Glo Pamper Ltd - My Personal Sanctuary


My Personal Sanctuary is a luxury, organic and truly indulgent visiting spa service, offering branded in-house treatments to guests staying at stylish and award winning holiday homes and retreats across the UK. 

From the moment we arrive at your door our aim is to envelop you and your guests in calm, serenity and absolute relaxation. Our lovely treatments have been carefully designed to maximise relaxation and personal fulfilment, and our packages offer a combination of massage, traditional body scrubs, facials and hand and feet treatments. Our fantastic Pukka Herbs and Green People products are suitable for all ages or skin type and are sure to leave you feeling thoroughly pampered.

All you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy, feeling aches and pains dissolve under the skilled fingers of our therapists. 

 Let Us Create Your Personal Sanctuary

We would love to look after you and your guests, whatever your party size and occasion.  So if you would like to speak to one of our team about the treatments we offer, please get in touch. 

Phone: 01625 540 557

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As You Like It Pamper Parties

As You Like It Pamper Parties was formed by Karen Lesto, a Beauty and Complementary Therapist with 20 years experience, as well as being a qualified trainer and experienced pamper party planner.

We pride ourselves on providing high quality and professional Beauty Treatments for pamper parties and weddings of all sizes across Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds with packages starting from just  £23pp.

Our Therapists are chosen carefully and are all highly qualified, professional, reliable and have a passion for the industry. We endeavour to provide the highest customer care and make your pamper party one to remember!

So, whatever the occasion, we have a pamper party for you! Don’t see anything in the packages that suit? No problem, we can make up a bespoke package to suit all individual needs!

Lady Capulet Nails Package

Lady Capulet Nails Package

Titania Package

Merry Wives Package


Tel: 07787123847

Ease Holistic Therapy

In-house Relaxation provided by Ease Holistic Therapy

Holistic treatments designed for relaxation and rejuvenation.

Go on treat yourself…….. Let the spa visit you.


Mobile: 07766 545 137


I have over 16 years’ experience and have worked in a variety of settings; spas, festivals, health centres and gyms. References can be provided. I am fully qualified and insured.


Fliss Howes Massage

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An ideal addition to your birthday parties, hen parties, fund raisers or just girly nights in. Fliss Howes and her team of qualified therapists and beauticians can offer range of pampering treatments at your home or choice of venue. Often there can be constraints on space and facilities but we can provide a range of treatments to meet all needs. Treatments that we can bring to you:

  • Back, neck and shoulder massage
  • Indian head massage
  • Reflexology
  • Holistic facials
  • Hand & arm massage
  • Usui Reiki
  • Manicures
  • Pedicures
  • Nail art
  • Ear piercing
  • Waxing

All of our therapists are fully qualified and insured. Pamper parties are individually tailored for each event and payments can be per treatment or as a full package for the evening. Contact Fliss Howes on 07955 962 098 or email


Lydney Train Station


Lydney station



GL15 5EW

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Self service ticket machines Yes
Collection of pre-purchased tickets Yes
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Left luggage No
Lost property (at the station) Yes
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Golf Courses

Bells Hotel and Golf Club


The Bells Hotel combines traditional, elegant style with convenient modern facilities to ensure your stay is as relaxing and welcoming as possible. Staffed 24 hours a day, we’re always on hand to provide you with a warm welcome, no matter what time you arrive.

Lords Hill, Coleford,
GL16 8BE

Phone: 01594 832583
Fax: 01594 832584


Forest Hill Golf Club


Welcome to Forest Hills

Forest Hills is a naturally undulating parkland golf course set in the beautiful Forest Of Dean, Gloucestershire with panoramic views over the old market town of Coleford to the  hills of Herefordshire beyond.

Forest Hills is currently regarded as being one of the finest golf courses in Gloucestershire, with such excellent drainage that the tees and greens can be used all year round. It has an open door to visitors and offers the opportunity for experienced players and beginners alike to challenge themselves on our well drained course.

The PGA hold West region golf events at the club including the Forest Classic and visitors come from the surrounding counties of Monmouthshire, Herefordshire as well as Bristol, Cardiff and Worcestershire.

It is a family owned golf club, acquired in September 2009 by the Breton family. Both players of golf they ensure all members and visitors get the best experience possible.

The friendly members welcome new faces, so if you are looking for a place to play golf, come and give us a try.

Telephone : 01594 810 620

Lydney Golf Club

Lydney Golf Club is the oldest and only members club in the Forest of Dean, founded in 1909, the Club celebrated it’s Centenary in 2009.

In 2011 the Club moved to it's new course in Naas Lane, the new 9 hole course has been constructed to a high standard and with 3,500 trees planted will, in the next few years become one of the premier courses in the area.

Naas lane
GL15 4ES
Telephone - 01594 842775

St Pierre Golf Course - Chepstow


Built around a charming 14th century manor and a beautiful 11th century church, The St Pierre, A Marriott Hotel & Country Club, is renowned as one of the UK’s finest golf courses.

Following a £1.8 million facelift, every element of the hotel has been restored to perfection and with two contrasting courses – the Old Course and the Mathern Course – it is a wonderful place to stay and play. A former host to the Curtis, the British Masters and the Solheim Cup, both courses have recently been given a £2 million upgrade by Ross McMurray of European Golf Design.

The Old Course is built around an 11-acre lake and studded with many ancient trees, including a giant 400 year-old chestnut that dominates the 2nd hole. It is a delight to play and can claim one of the finest finishes in golf with a thrilling 235-yard par-3 18th including a shot over water to an elevated green protected by sand.

The Mathern Course is shorter than the Old but has been vastly improved since its overhaul, when 18 new tee sites were added, bunkers were reconstructed and repositioned and a modern irrigation system installed. Its signature hole is undoubtedly the 14th, which crosses two rivers, but there is lots to enjoy, however you play.

As well as exceptional courses, you’ll find a state-of-the-art Golf Academy where golfers of all abilities can hone both their long and short game.