PLEASE NOTE – DUE TO COVID-19: Many local activities and attractions may be closed or have changed what they offer & times/days/prices. Please check with venues directly before visiting and check out this handy Responsible Visitor Guide. The local Tourist Association also have a useful Business Re-Opening page.
Young At Heart In The Forest
Aside from creative activities, biking, canoeing, rope courses and much more there are lots of other venues with activities specifically for kids (and adults!). Here are a selection.
Perrygrove Steam Railway And Tree Top Adventure
Do you like steam train rides? Then visit Perrygrove Steam Railway and Treetop Adventure. A wonderful day out for children, grandchildren (and grown-ups too!) and at Christmas time Father Christmas actually comes down the chimney!!
At Easter there are Easter Egg Hunts and Easter Bunny spotting and at Halloween there is a steam train ride through the Witches Wood spotting pumpkins on the way and everyone is encouraged to dress up!
Perrygrove is about 10 minutes drive from The House of Bread, just the other side of Coleford on the B4228 heading towards Chepstow. Call: 01594 844991 or visit www.perrygrove.co.uk to find out what is happening during your stay.
Puzzlewood is an ancient woodland site, near Coleford in the Forest of Dean. The site shows evidence of open cast iron ore mining dating from the Roman period, and possibly earlier. There is an enchanted woodland walk, lots of animals to meet and greet and a children’s play area. Merlin was filmed here too which makes for great Merlin searching. And of course Star Wars has recently been filmed here!
Puzzlewood is practically opposite Perrygrove at Perrygrove Road, Coleford, GL16 8QB. Phone 01594 833187 or visit http://www.puzzlewood.net/ to find out more.
Clearwell Caves is an interesting place to visit, especially when the weather is not so good!
For thousands of years iron ore has been mined at Clearwell Caves. It is possible to still meet a Free Miner here; men whose ancient birthright entitles them to dig for minerals locally.
Clearwell Caves are a working mining museum where you can see impressive caverns with geological and mining displays. Iron ore from the Caves has been used over many centuries to make tools, weapons and machinery. Some forms of the iron ore occurs in powder form, red, yellow, purple and brown ochre; they are highly valued as pigments and still mined at Clearwell Caves. Also visit The Blacksmiths Shop and Café.
Clearwell Caves are just outside Coleford. From Coleford town centre follow the B4228 to St Briavels and Chepstow. After approximately 1 mile, turn right for Clearwell village (immediately after the Lambsquay Hotel). The car and coach park is on the left after a few hundred yards.