Although the Forest of Dean is best known for its excellent choice of adrenaline-pumping pursuits, there’s a lot to do here that doesn’t involve the great outdoors.
From taking in a show at a local theatre to sampling craft beers and learning to cook, the Forest of Dean has something for everyone. Take a look at our pick of the best indoor activities and explore a calmer side of the Forest of Dean.
“Underneath the mysterious Royal Forest of Dean lies something spectacular and unseen, an unfathomable natural cave system that has been mined for more than 4,500 years.” Says @ClearwellCaves. Head to this unique attraction to escape the rain and see what lies beneath.
Harts Barn Cookery School
The Forest of Dean is an incredibly fertile area and the region produces some fantastic meat, fruit, veg and cheese. Find out how to do these ingredients justice by signing up for a session at the Harts Barn Cookery School. Learn how to bake bread, make pasta, butcher meat, and cook fish. There are vegetarian and vegan options available, ensuring there’s something for everyone.
See a different side of the Forest of Dean by visiting these excellent local galleries. Showcasing the best artists from the surrounding area, Creates Galleries feature fine art pieces, sculpture, ceramics and metalwork.
Parva Farm Winery
Although you can take a tour around the vines, you can also skip the walking and head straight for the tasting room instead. Parva Farm Vineyard produces some excellent red, white and rose wines, as well as a selection of sparkling vintages. If you like what you taste, you can visit the on site shop and pick up a few of your favourite bottles to enjoy at home.
If wine isn’t your tipple, why not try a few local craft beers at the Hillside Brewery. Using locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, the brewery makes a great variety of lagers and ales. Take a tour of the brewery to find out how the beers are made or book an experience day and learn how to make beer for yourself.
One of Monmouth’s hidden gems, the Savoy Theatre has a packed programme of shows and events. Stop in to see classic movies, live performances and special cinema events. There’s always something on at the Savoy, so if you don’t fancy kayaking down the River Wye, exploring Puzzlewood or cycling through the forest, this is the destination for you.
Find out more about all the activities and attractions available in the Forest of Dean, and start planning your visit to the area, by taking a look around our site or getting in touch with us today.