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

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 www.forestry.gov.uk/stickman

Exciting new cafe coming soon!

Building works are currently taking place at Beechenhurst.  The lodge building is being improved to house a new cafe, due to be opened summer 2016.  There will be some disruption to the site during the build phase but Beechenhurst will remain open as usual (trails, toilets, picnic facilities, on site activities etc.)

Sculpture Trail - New artworks for 2016

A new temporary artwork by Andrea Roe opened on Friday 15th April.  'Sentient Forest' is an interactive luminescent artwork inspired by a hidden forest communication network.

In March, a temporary sculpture 'Charcoal Measure'  by Onya McCausland was revealed.  Charcoal lines mark the hidden underground coal excavations 1000ft below the surface.  The charcoal was made from Place (Giant's Chair) which was decommissioned in 2015.  

Contain-A-Cafe

Serving fresh coffee and homemade cakes amongst a range of tasty hot and cold food options from 10.30am - 3pm Monday to Friday and 10am - 4pm at weekends. 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.  The cafe also sell Sculpture Trail and Forest Walks 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 through the winter.

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 (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

 

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

My three year old niece loved the Stickman trail thank you and the cafe served lovely hot chocolate. Looking forward to returning when the renovations have been completed. Will there also be a shop in the new, improved lodge?

Catherine Jago, 29/Apr/2016

Glad you had a good day! The new café area has taken over what was the shop area too so there won't be a shop as such. The café will sell leaflets/guides and possibly some other relevant things as they choose/have room for but not much.

Forestry Commission Response

I wish to book the glade at beechenhurst for Saturday 16th July for St Georges Church Brockworth all day please

Norman Holland, 14/Apr/2016

Please email westengland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Had some great days here and there is always something to do on a genuine family day out without any huge expense, just make own fun, getting dirty playing in the forest.

Anonymous, 9/Apr/2016
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Last updated: 18th April 2016

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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
    Coaches:
    £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

Location

OS Grid ref: SO614120

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Contact

West England District
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0300 067 4800
westengland@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

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
Parking
Cars and minibuses:
£3.50 Mar - Oct
£3.00 Nov - Feb
Coaches:
£10 year round
Please bring the correct change for the P&D machine as there is no credit card facility. Thank you.
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£25 car
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