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Reasons why you should visit the Forest of Dean for the Rugby World Cup

Posted on 30th August 2015

The 2015 Rugby World Cup is just around the corner and whilst coaches for teams from across the globe are choosing what players to pick and looking at tactics ahead of their games, people from across the globe and in the UK are looking at where’s closest to stay for the games they have tickets for.

Here, we have compiled a number of reasons why you should touchdown in the Forest of Dean ahead of this year’s World Cup in England and Wales, which takes place from 18th September-31st October.

The location

Millenium Stadium

Image Credit: Nick Richards (flickr.com)

While most people head to holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean in September or October because of the region’s various attractions, this September and October, people will be using the Forest of Dean as a base to travel to some rugby world cup fixtures.

The Forest of Dean is perfectly located in between Gloucester’s Kingsholm Stadium and Cardiff’s Millenium Stadium. Both stadiums will be hosting a number of matches and if you are lucky enough to have received Rugby World Cup tickets for fixtures that are based at both the Kingsholm Stadium and the Millenium Stadium then picking a base right in the middle of both will make it easier for you.

The Kingsholm Stadium will be playing host to Tonga vs Georgia, Scotland vs Japan, Argentina vs Georgia and USA vs Japan, and although these teams will probably not be the new Rugby World Cup winners it will still be fantastic to watch a match at the world cup.

The 74,500 capacity Millenium Stadium in Cardiff will be hosting a number of Rugby World Cup fixtures. Ireland vs Canada, Wales vs Uruguay, Australia vs Fiji, Wales vs Fiji, New Zealand vs Georgia and France vs Ireland will all be played at the stadium during the group stage of the tournament, but the Millenium Stadium will also be hosting two quarter final matches.

The events

Pint of Ale

Image Credit: Michael Fajardo (flickr.com)

During the Rugby World Cup the Forest of Dean will be playing host to a number of events to celebrate this momentous event.

No matter whether you are an international visitor looking to get an insight into the British culture, or are from the UK, the below events are well worth visiting.

The Harts Barn Cookery School and the Hillside Brewery will be putting on a beer and food tasting event on Friday 25th September. Visitors will be treated to a variety of locally produced food and traditional local ales.

From 18th September-28th October, the Dean Forest Railway will be putting on a number of Steam Days so that visitors to the region can really enjoy the natural beauty of the area, whilst riding on a classic steam locomotive that is synonymous with the area.

Find out more about the events that are taking place in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley by clicking here.

The walks and countryside

Bluebell Wood

Image Credit: Stuart Richards (flickr.com)

After a trip in the car to either the Kingsholm Stadium or the Millenium Stadium then why not spend the next day or two stretching your legs by enjoying the fantastic walks that are on offer in the Forest of Dean.

People on Forest of Dean cottage holidays will be delighted to hear that there are so many walking trails leading in to the forest that your holiday accommodation is sure to be just a stone’s throw away from one of them.

Walking is also the best way to see the rich countryside that the Forest of Dean is blessed with.