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18 Fantastic Things to Do in the Forest of Dean this May Day Bank Holiday 2024

Things to do Forest of Dean

Uncover the magic of the May Day Bank Holiday with our expertly curated list of 18 exhilarating adventures awaiting you in the Forest of Dean this spring!

Embark on captivating family escapades or embark on delightful journeys through the picturesque woodlands, offering a plethora of experiences for everyone.

Discover extraordinary Days Out amidst the Forest of Dean's enchanting landscapes, creating cherished memories with cherished ones.

Seize the opportunity to immerse yourself in the boundless excitement and beauty of this captivating season in the enchanting Forest of Dean!



A Magical Woodland in the Forest of Dean

Located in the heart of the picturesque Forest of Dean, Puzzlewood stands as a timeless testament to the beauty of nature's wonders.

This enchanting woodland wonderland boasts a landscape straight out of a fairy tale, with ancient moss-covered trees, winding pathways that meander through lush greenery, and mysterious rock formations waiting to be discovered. Its magical allure has beckoned visitors for centuries, drawing them into a realm of imagination and adventure. Puzzlewood's captivating charm has even caught the eye of filmmakers, serving as the backdrop for iconic productions such as "Star Wars" and "Doctor Who."

Step into this fantastical realm, explore its labyrinth of paths, bridges, and caves, and lose yourself in the enchanting ambiance of Puzzlewood—a perfect retreat for nature lovers and fantasy enthusiasts alike.

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Photo: Gemma Osbourne

Dean Heritage Centre

Traditional Charcoal Burn at the Dean Heritage Centre
4 - 6 May

At the Dean Heritage Centre, traditional charcoal is crafted using the ancient turf and earth kiln technique, a rare practice in the country.

The team will commence construction of the Charcoal Burn on Saturday morning and ignite it at midday. By midday Monday, the charcoal will be ready for harvesting.

The Dean Heritage Centre promises an enjoyable day for the whole family. Spread across five acres, it offers a wealth of attractions encompassing history, culture, art, and unique displays against a stunning backdrop. Explore five museum galleries, outdoor exhibits, and vibrant arts and crafts demonstrations. Extend your visit with a picnic or dine at The Heritage Coffee Shop for a complete experience.

Children will love to explore the enchanting Gruffalo Trail at the Dean Heritage Centre, a year-round woodland adventure inspired by the beloved children's book. Follow the mouse's journey through the five-acre woodland and encounter charming characters from the story along the way!

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Clearwell Caves

Unveil the Hidden Wonders Below the Forest Canopy!

Embark on a thrilling journey through nine spectacular caverns, brimming with history and mystery. Armed with just your curiosity and sturdy footwear, descend 100ft into the depths of the earth. The caverns are a chronicle of thousands of years of mining which you can explore at your own pace, immersing yourself in the mesmerising underground landscape. Then resurface to enjoy the charming cafe, shop, and scenic surface trails.

Dare to go Deeper?
Then deep level caving awaits, promising an exhilarating journey into the heart of the earth. Prepare for a physical challenge as you navigate through narrow passages, duck under low ceilings, and scramble over rocky terrain. Delve deeper into the hidden realms of the miners' creations, exploring vast caverns and ancient passages that few have dared to tread. Get ready to embrace the thrill of exploration and uncover the secrets of the underground world!
Prepare for an unforgettable subterranean experience that will ignite your sense of wonder!

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Forest Segways at Mallards Pike

"Embark on an adventure around the Forest of Dean by segway"

Embark on an exhilarating adventure through the lush woodlands of the Forest of Dean this May with Forest Segway. Venture into the heart of the Forest of Dean on state-of-the-art segways, navigating winding trails and encountering the forest's natural beauty up close.

Whether you're a novice or experienced rider, Forest Segway offers a thrilling experience suitable for all ages and abilities. Led by knowledgeable guides, explore the ancient forest from a unique perspective, learning about its rich history and diverse wildlife along the way.

With the vibrant colors of spring painting the landscape, May is the perfect time to experience the Forest of Dean's enchanting beauty. Don't miss your chance to discover this captivating corner of England in a whole new way with Forest Segway adventures.

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Dick Whittington Park


Come rain or shine, Dick Whittington Park offers family fun, exercise, and relaxation.

Indoors, enjoy the massive heated Play Barn with slides, climbing frames, trampolines, and more.

Outside, explore Hidden Valley nature trails, including a lake, pathways, and an ancient wood with a Gloucestershire apple orchard. Visit the Sensory Garden for a wheelchair-friendly experience.

The Who’s Who Gallery showcases Gloucestershire characters, and dining options are available in the restaurant.

Picnic areas and fishing are also offered.

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Forest Adventure

Ideal for creating lasting family memories

Discover a world of thrilling activities amidst the breathtaking scenery of the Wye Valley, perfect for families seeking unforgettable experiences together.

A diverse range of adventures is designed to foster teamwork, decision-making, and, above all, pure fun! From exciting challenges to tranquil explorations, there's something for everyone including canoeing/kayaking, forest bushcraft, rock climbing/abseiling.

Book now for an unforgettable family adventure and create lasting memories in the heart of nature!

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Wye Valley Visitor Centre

4 attractions in one!

At the Wye Valley Visitor Centre, there's an abundance of excitement awaiting visitors of all ages. Step into a world of adventure with thrilling attractions and activities, including:

The aMazing HEDGE PUZZLE: Get lost in the enchanting Jubilee Maze, one of Britain’s most renowned traditional hedge mazes. With over a kilometre of winding hedges and a romantic temple at its heart, it's a journey full of twists, turns, and surprises at every corner. Are you up for the challenge?
Roman Fantasy Miniature Golf: Transport yourself back in time to ancient Rome as you navigate through a captivating miniature golf course. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of the Roman Empire while enjoying a round of golf amidst stunning scenery.
Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo: Enter a tropical paradise and marvel at the breathtaking beauty of hundreds of colourful butterflies fluttering around you. Explore lush habitats and learn fascinating facts about these delicate creatures in our immersive butterfly zoo experience.
Wye Valley Warfare Laser-Ops: Gear up for adrenaline-pumping action in our laser tag arena. Battle it out with friends and family in an exhilarating game of laser tag, complete with futuristic obstacles and strategic challenges that will put your skills to the test. (Please check for opening times)
Whether you're seeking historical intrigue, natural wonder, or high-energy excitement, the Wye Valley Visitor Centre has something for everyone to enjoy.

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Go Ape Tree Top Adventure - Beechenhurst

"Let the kids enjoy a tree top adventure in the Forest of Dean"

There are two Go Ape adventures at Forest of Dean Beechenhurst to enjoy. Both are 1 hour sessions providing intricate crossings, wobbly bridges and great zip wires!

Tree Top Adventure, great for all children but especially younger ones as this activity is available to anyone over 1m tall.

Tree Top Adventure Plus, a step up, children need to be at least 1.2m and 6 years old.
It's designed with the whole family in mind. The perfect high ropes course for kids as well as mum, dad and the grandparents.

If you're looking for family fuelled fun, challenge each other to see who can cross the tree tops in style.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure is the ideal place for birthday parties, a day full of thrills and excitement.

You can add to the unforgettable day and add party bags to your booking too.

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Go Ape Tree Top Challenge - Mallards Pike

"For the big kids and adults (10 years+)"

The classic and original Go Ape experience. Go Ape will brief you for safety before you fly down the zip-wires, leap off our Tarzan Swing and tackle the crossings whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.

They think everyone has the Go Ape spirit just waiting to be unleashed! There’s no greater rush than the great outdoors, so whether your tribe is a stag do, birthday party, corporate event or simply a day out with the kids, Go Ape make their courses as fun and as accessible as possible.

It's for anyone who likes to live life adventurously - you don’t have to be a seasoned explorer to enjoy a Go Ape experience!

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Forest of Dean Pirate Island Adventure Golf

Chart Your Course to Adventure!

Pirate Island Adventure Golf in the heart of the Forest of Dean, where guests are invited to embark on a thrilling journey through twelve challenging holes of pirate-themed mini golf. The course promises not only great fun but also a satisfying challenge for all who dare to take it on.

Designed with inclusivity in mind, the team there has worked tirelessly to ensure that the course is accessible to everyone, providing an enjoyable experience for guests of all ages and abilities.

Each hole offers a unique twist, from navigating a raft across water to traversing beneath a bridge and tackling various exciting water features. Meticulously crafted over an 18-month period, our course reflects our team's passion and dedication to delivering an unforgettable adventure.

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Whitemead Forest Park

Special Bank Holiday Activities and Adventure Golf

Immerse yourself in acres of enchanting woodland, brimming with exciting activities and entertainment to ignite your sense of adventure.

Enjoy a round of woodland themed adventure golf at Whitemead Forest Park in the Forest of Dean.
Whitemead Forest Park Golf is mde up of 12 themed holes, complimented with expertly crafted features such as woodland creatures, flora and locally themed elements.
Whitemead Forest Park Golf is open daily from 10am.

Stay at Whitemead Forest Park this Summer and SAVE 20%

Experience the ultimate forest retreat at Whitemead Forest Park in 2024. Choose from a range of accommodations, including cozy Forest Cabins, luxurious Glamping Pods, spacious apartments, or spacious caravan and camping touring sites. With onsite entertainment and a swimming pool, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
Plus, take advantage of their special offer of 20% off stays from April 15th to July 19th when booked before May 5th.
Don't miss this opportunity to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Forest of Dean and create lasting memories with family and friends at Whitemead Forest Park.

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Symonds Yat Rock

Experience the thrill of the forest!

Symonds Yat Rock stands as a prominent viewpoint within the Forest of Dean, offering stunning vistas of the meandering River Wye and the picturesque Wye Valley below.

Visitors flock to this iconic location for its panoramic views, ideal for hiking, birdwatching, and photography enthusiasts.

The surrounding woodlands provide ample opportunities for exploration, with scenic walking trails leading to hidden gems and tranquil spots along the riverbank.

Wildlife abounds in this natural haven, with the chance to spot peregrine falcons, buzzards, and other native species soaring above the valley. Whether seeking adventure or relaxation, Symonds Yat Rock beckons visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty and tranquility of the Forest of Dean's landscape.


Other Days Out in the Forest of Dean include:

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail winds through woodlands, showcasing captivating art installations that blend seamlessly with the natural environment

Cyril Hart Arboretum

Cyril Hart Arboretum offers a serene escape with its diverse collection of trees and tranquil walking trails in the Forest of Dean.


Pedalabikeaway offers thrilling mountain biking adventures through the scenic trails of the Forest of Dean, perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and families.

Taurus Crafts

Taurus Crafts, nestled in the heart of the Forest of Dean, showcases local artisans' crafts and offers delightful shopping experiences.

Dean Forest Railway

Dean Forest Railway, located in the stunning Forest of Dean, provides scenic heritage train journeys, offering a nostalgic experience for visitors of all ages.

Perrygrove Railway

Perrygrove Railway, nestled in the Forest of Dean, offers enchanting steam train rides through picturesque woodlands, perfect for families and train enthusiasts.


More Days Out in the Forest of Dean can be found here.

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29 April 2024

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