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Some ideas for Forest of Dean family activities

Posted on 30th May 2013

Any families who are thinking of booking a stay later this year at one of the cosy and beautifully situated holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean will have nothing to worry about in terms of finding fun and interesting things to do whilst they are there. With the area boasting a range of top attractions which are suitable for all ages and, in many cases, unique to their surroundings, there will something for everyone to enjoy.

being a herd of deer

Forest Bushcraft, located in pristine woodland near the market town of Coleford, offers visitors a way of learning about, and getting involved with, a range of exciting ancient practices which were vital to the survival of our ancestors. Some of the skills you could learn include the hand-carving of wood, foraging, shelter building, hunting, fishing and firecraft. On top of this, more active pursuits such as kayaking and canoeing are also available, with full instruction.

Forest of Dean cottage holidays can be all about exploring the great outdoors, with the local area’s countryside among the most pristine and tranquil to be found anywhere in the UK. This is why visiting families should also consider taking a trip to the Elton Farm Giant Maize Mazes, which are near the picturesque village of Newnham. Perfect for children, the three large, medium and small Crazy Cartoon Mazes serve up a wholesome way of enjoying a family day out. Lookout towers, hidden objects and regular barbeques are all there to add to the fun.

The popular Wye Valley Warfare Laser Ops site is ideal for thrill seekers, and represents another chance to discover the Forest of Dean’s amazing and vast woodland, close to Symonds Yat — one of countless picture postcard villages scattered throughout the region. Despite the somewhat intimidating name, this attraction is excellent for families, presenting an opportunity to get some exercise in an exciting and completely safe role-playing environment.

Image Credit: Akuppa (flickr.com)