When you think about the Forest of Dean or the Wye Valley a mental picture of rivers and trees probably pops into your mind. Whilst the river and the trees provide endless hours of fun there is even more on offer. Many of the best known activities and locations include Puzzlewood and Beechenhurst. Both obviously naturally beautiful, both offer places to walk and get back to nature.
However there is so much more to the area. Even as a local I didn’t realise just quite how much until very recently. I have been working with the Wye Valley to share some of the activities on offer. Last month I spent a few hours in the trees and on the river. Another group of adrenalin seeking bloggers took on mountain biking and caving. After coming home I have already promised my children a trip on the river as they have all loved kayaking when we have tried it previously.
In addition to the river though, there are plenty of on land activities to try and amazing places to eat. In April ActivityFest took place at the stunning Speech House. ActivityFest is an opportunity for local businesses to come together and show what they offer, from independent retailers, food providers to sporting activities and crafting.
Surprising Things To Do in The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Area
Erin and I headed over for the day and she was in her element as she tried out lots of activities and learnt more about the Forest and how important it is to our lives. We met up with Karen, Rich and their girls, Karen blogs at Stopping at Two, she recently shared her Bluebell photos in this post. Erin enjoyed the activities with the girls, as it is always fun doing things with friends.
Erin turned her hand to pottery first which can be done at Taurus Crafts. She was able to throw the clay and use the wheel with guidance. She made a pot to store her pencils in. With more time, it would be finished and glazed.
As we then wandered the various demos and activities the girls stripped a twig. It was then used to make a skewer in order to toast marshmallows in a fire pit.
They made a fossil out of plaster of paris as they chatted about fossils and how they occur. The girls, made biodegradable flower pots from toilet rolls and newspaper to start their sunflower seeds off in.
They had a go at Archery with FOD Adventure. This is the same company I flew through the trees with, which you can see over on my YouTube channel Emma and 3. Erin was a little nervous to try but stepped up to have a go. She was actually really good and managed to get the board which made her smile!
Food and accommodation in the area
Of course we got hungry in between activities. I enjoyed a lovely hog roast which was delicious and Erin chowed down on luxury ice cream.
The Forest and Wye Dean have so much to offer for all the family, whether it is a day out for locals and those within easy reach or whether you are taking a short break in one of the many types of accommodation. There is accommodation for all budgets from camping, from lodges with Forest Holidays, cottages at Puzzlewood up to luxury hotels including Speech House.
Visiting the Forest of Dean area will keep you all entertained. It will fill your lungs with fresh air and put a smile on your face.
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