Forestry Commission logo

Discovery Pass

Discover the
freedom of
the forest…
every day of the year…

Get free parking, discounts on events and much more with an annual Discovery Pass


The ultimate free guide to our forests

Forest Xplorer running on iPhone and Android devices
Forest of Dean

Explore Beechenhurst
(Average user rating: 3 unrated 3/5)

Beechenhurst lies in the heart of the forest, and is a great place to start your adventure. Discover the Sculpture Trail, play area, cafe, climbing tower and Tree Top Junior... 

Forest web page 150x98pxStickman Trail

Explore the Stickman Trail at Beechenhurst.  The trail is approximately 1 mile in length with suggested activities along the way.  The trail route is on loose stoned tracks with some slopes to navigate. An activity pack is available from Contain-A-Cafe.  Find out more at

Exciting new cafe coming soon!

Building works have now been completed on the lodge at Beechenhurst.  Beechenhurst cafe will be opening shortly (date tbc)  Watch this space for more details.

Sculpture Trail - New artworks for 2016

Two new permanent pieces of artwork, 'Coal Measure Giants' by Henry Castle and 'Yasasin' by Pomona Zipser, will be opened July 15th 2016 and will mark the 30th anniversary of the Sculpture Trail. 

Two temporary artworks are in place towards the start of the trail, 'Sentient Forest' by Andrea Roe and 'Charcoal Measure' by Onya McCausland.  


Serving fresh coffee and homemade cakes amongst a range of tasty hot and cold food options from 10am - 4pm daily. Tel 01594 368009.  Sorry but card payments can not be taken. 

Contain-A-Cafe will be in place until refurbishment works have been completed on the lodge building.  The cafe also sell Sculpture Trail leaflets, Stickman packs and Discovery Passes.

Adventure play

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.  

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 and during the school holidays.

Fantastic forest trails

Beechenhurst is the starting point for the famous Sculpture Trail, there are additional waymarked walks of varying lengths beginning from the site.  For visitors bringing their own bikes to the forest, Beechenhurst is an ideal start point for the Family Cycle Trail

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 Forest of Dean Adventure website for opening times.  Archery sessions can also be booked.

Forest Learning 

If you are interested in bringing a school or group to Beechenhurst there are options for self led visits (downloadable resources are available 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

Families may wish to download our fun activity sheets for children to help get the most out of your visit.


What do other visitors say?

1 Star 1 Star

i loved it

Anonymous, 7/Jul/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars


I visited Beechenhurst Lodge today with family and was very impressed. However, I wonder if you could answer a question - my Dad lost his jumper ( a marron/red v-necked one) somewhere along the Sculpture Trail route, or possibly the mens toilets. I can't find a phone number to see if anyone handed it in? If so I could go back to re-claim it. Can you help please? Thanks in advance, Belinda

Belinda , 29/May/2016

sorry, we haven't had this handed in.

Forestry Commission Response

Are disposable bbq still allowed to the site

abi, 26/May/2016

Yes disposable BBQs are allowed. Please place on rocks provided not on picnic benches or grass and please take it away at the end of your visit. Thank you, enjoy your visit.

Forestry Commission Response
More user comments

Please tell us about your visit

Please email us at if you have an enquiry or would like a reply to your comments.

Email addresses will not be shown

Last updated: 12th July 2016

Be a forest hero

Get the latest news, information & offers

Sign up for our emails

What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe
  • Dog bin
  • Educational
  • Walking
  • Toliets
  • Arts
  • The Sculpture Trail is a 4.5mile walk with art installations along the route
  • Barbeque
  • Please do not place disposable BBQs on the picnic tables. No fires allowed.
  • Cycling
  • a cycle trail link leads down to the main family cycle trail
  • Hi-Rope
  • Tree Top Junior
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Cars and minibuses:
    3.50 Mar - Oct
    3.00 Nov - Feb
    10 year round
    Please bring the correct change for the P&D machine as there is no credit card facility. Thank you.
  • Picnic
  • several picnic tables scattered along the grassy area
  • Play area
  • there is a main play area and special toddler area
More about what's here


OS Grid ref: SO614120

Get directions


West England District
0300 067 4800

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Open by 8am daily. Closing times:
Nov- Feb 5.00pm
March 6.30pm
April 8pm
May - Aug 9pm
Sept 7.30pm
Oct 6.30pm
Cars and minibuses:
3.50 Mar - Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
10 year round
Please bring the correct change for the P&D machine as there is no credit card facility. Thank you.
Discovery Pass
25 car
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification certifiedenjoy England quality assured visitor attractionForest Stewardship Council certified

England's Woods and Forests are cared for by Forest Enterprise England, an agency of the Forestry Commission.