Beechenhurst lies in the heart of the forest, and is a great place to start your adventure. Discover the Sculpture Trail, play area, cafe, shop, climbing tower and Tree Top Junior..
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Tree Top Junior
This junior version of Go Ape is aimed at 6-12 year olds. The course can be found at the edge of the main car park and is open every weekend through the winter (except December 26th and 27th.)
Beechenhurst is the starting point for the famous Sculpture Trail, there are additional waymarked walks of varying lengths beginning from the site.
The main play area includes a zip wire, swings and fireman's pole and a mini picnic area. There is a separate toddler area for our younger visitors. Please note that maintenance works are being carried out this month - the zip wire will be out of action the w/c October 12th.
Serving fresh coffee and homemade cakes amongst a range of tasty hot and cold food options from 10am - 4pm. Tel 01594 368009. Sorry but card payments can not be taken. Contain-A-Cafe will be in place until refurbishment works have taken place on the lodge building.
Forest of Dean Adventure
Charcoal BBQ hearths, 'The Glade' events area (with a group gas BBQ), and a loft suitable for meetings and seminars, can all be hired from Forest of Dean Adventure Call 01594 821003 for details. Forestry Commission leaflets and Discovery Passes are also sold from the shop.
The Climbing Tower
The climbing tower is an exciting way to let off steam! 36 routes from easy to extreme and 2 vertical abseils. Great for children and adults, friends, families and group bookings. Check the Climbing Tower website for opening times. Archery sessions can also be booked.
If you are interested in bringing a school or group to Beechenhurst there are options for self led visits (see www.forestry.gov.uk/england-learning for downloadable resources such as activities and lesson plans) or the chance to use a Forestry Commission approved learning provider, A breath of fresh air or Rachel Shilston.
On your bike!
Beechenhurst is an ideal start point for families with their own bikes, there is easy access onto the Family Cycle Trail from the main car park. Cyclists are asked to keep to hard stone tracks and not to cycle on the forest's waymarked footpaths.
What do other visitors say?
1 Staranonymous, 22/Sep/2015
Visited Saturday 19th and bought 2 jacket potatoes from the mobile unit -worst snack ever - overpriced at 4 and 4.50 - small, cold and served on a polystyrene dish with plastic cutlery and no garnish... I understand the difficulties with mobile catering but the prices should reflect this... still no excuse for substandard snack.
The site itself is great - although needs more parking machines - and I am a Forester born and bred so very disappointed - the one star is re the catering
Forestry Commission Response
we are sorry to hear of your disappointment - we will feed this back to our staff who deal with on site catering provision.
"The disabled badge holder parking spaces are the closest parking spaces to the machine with an approved grade slope down the the machine, cafe and seating areas". Some are but there are at least half a dozen that are right at the end of the area just before you leave the gates and they are a good 100 yards from the nearest meter - which would explain why they are always empty!
3 StarsAnonymous, 13/Aug/2015
Its all very well putting notes on the disabled spaces to remind visitors that they have to pay but then they have to walk several hundred yards to the caf to put money in the machine. If you are going to put disabled spaces where they are right by the exit of Beechenhurst surely it makes sense to put a pay machine in that area too. No wonder the disabled spaces in that location are always empty no matter how busy the site is!
Forestry Commission Response
The disabled badge holder parking spaces are the closest parking spaces to the machine with an approved grade slope down the the machine, cafe and seating areas.