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The best activities and attractions for children in the Forest of Dean

Posted on 11th April 2015

The summer holidays are now just around the corner and this means that families will start to look at possible destinations for a family holiday.

Those who are looking to go on a break within the UK are sure to have a stay in holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean near the top of their list, but parents do not just have to consider where they are going to stay during their holiday; they also have to think about how they are going to keep their children entertained every day!

Those staying in the Forest of Dean will not struggle to find activities and attractions that are perfect for their kids as whilst the region is famed for its spectacular scenery and historical towns and villages, it is also home to some great activities for children and families.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure

Branson Convention

Image Credit: Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau (flickr.com)

Regarded as the UK’s number one forest adventure, Go Ape lets children (and adults) get in touch with their inner Tarzan as visitors can fly down zip wires, leap off their Tarzan Swing and try out the variety of crossings on offer.

The Go Ape Tree Top Adventure Park near Parkend also offers families the opportunity to have a go at their Forest Segway experience, which allows families to go on a Segway through the Forest of Dean’s stunning woodlands.

Taurus Crafts

Based in Lydney, the Taurus Crafts centre puts on a number of fun and creative activities for children, including making and decorating a pot and making jewellery.

Taurus Crafts puts on a number of holiday activities for kids during school holidays. Updates on their holiday activities are updated on their website here.

Currently the centre has put on an Easter Holiday Activities event for the public to attend and holidaymakers and locals alike are learning how to knit, make pottery and make chocolate.

Cycling with Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre

One of the best outdoor activities to do in the Forest of Dean, especially with children, is to go cycling in the forest.

Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre has a range of hire bikes available for all ages. Visitors can ride along an easy-going family cycle trail or test themselves on the number of downhill routes that the Forest of Dean has to offer.

Cyclists at Pedalabikeaway

Image Credit: 38 Degrees (flickr.com)

Humble by Nature Farm

If you want to give your children a slightly different experience when visiting the region, then a visit to the Humble by Nature farm is a must.

The working farm is just outside of Monmouth and easily accessible to those on cottage holidays in the Forest of Dean. Visitors who do venture to South Wales will not be disappointed and children can try out courses in bush craft, fire making and den building.

A new outdoor playground for children has just been opened and children can learn about feeding and looking after the farm’s animals.

Explore Wye Valley by Canoe or kayak


Image Credit: Graham Richardson (flickr.com)

Wye Canoes lets families hire canoes or kayaks for fun trips along the River Wye, as well as offering families guided multi-activity days.

Children will love the guided river tours that Wye Canoes offer, but the guided multi-activity days offer families the chance to take part in activities such as bush craft, mountain biking, climbing, caving and lots more activities.