Fun For All in The Forest of Dean

I recently came back from a fantastic family holiday in The Forest of Dean. I initially thought that we would be having a nice quiet holiday in The Forest of Dean, so I was surprised to find that there were many things to do that kept the whole family happy.


It certainly is a place that has something for all travellers; you can sit in your cosy cottage enjoying the peace and quiet, or you can head out and explore all that this brilliant British destination has to offer. Wherever you choose to stay here, I would highly recommend choosing a cottage. It works out much more cost effective than a hotel, plus it has the added value of giving you complete privacy.

So what were some of the amazing things that my family discovered on our recent trip? There were certainly too many to fit into one article – here are our top 3.

A Deer Safari

You have to make sure that you’re there at the right time of year because the Forestry Commission runs the safari in February and October. The tours offer a brilliant chance for you to watch the deer in their natural habitat, they are allowed to roam freely in the forest. They truly are spectacular creatures.

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Have a Picnic

This has to be one of the best British past times – weather permitting that is. There are plenty of great picnic sites that have been set up by the Forestry Commission, so you don’t have to spend all day hunting for a comfortable place. The sites have been dotted around the most picturesque parts of the forest, so make sure you stock up on some delicious local produce and head out for some al fresco dining with your group.

Visit Lydney Harbour

This historic landmark has recently undergone a huge renovation and has turned into an extremely popular attraction. Now you will see both old and new buildings alongside one another, reminders of the past history sit next to the new modern creations. You’ll be able to take in some super views as you look across the Severn river. If you’re feeling peckish then there you’re in luck because there’s no shortage of great local restaurants to choose from.