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Explore Beechenhurst Lodge
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.1/5)

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

Gruffalo’s Child Trails Gruffalo's Child Activity Trail

If you enjoyed the Gruffalo trail, you'll love our Gruffalo's Child trail!  Families are invited into the deep dark wood from Friday 3rd October to February 2015.  forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo

 

Children carrying a real Christmas treeReal Christmas Trees

Weekends only 10am - 4pm from Saturday 29th November.  Nordman fir and Norway spruce, prices from £21.  Trees on sale only whilst stocks last.  FREE PARKING with every tree purchased. 

Saturday 6th December 2 - 4pm Cinderford Brass Band are playing a Christmas Concert at Beechenhurst.

The Gavellers Cafe and restaurant

The cafe provides a range of hot and cold food with new items added to the menu each month. Coach parties should book with the cafe in advance on 01594 827357. To check cafe opening times and for the menu please see the Gavellers website: www.gavellerscafe.co.uk

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.

Forest Learning

If you are interested in bringing a school or group to Beechenhurst please read this information to help you plan your visit.

The Adventure 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 Adventure Tower website for opening times. 

Fantastic forest trails

Beechenhurst is the starting point for the famous Sculpture Trail, there are five additional waymarked walks starting from the visitor centre, including the Sky Rainforest Rescue Discovery Trail and Gruffalo activity trail.

On your bike!

There is easy access onto the Family Cycle Trail from the main Beechenhurst car park. Cyclists are asked to keep to hard stone tracks and not to cycle on the forest's waymarked footpaths.

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. 

What do other visitors say?

Is Beechenhurst open on Boxing Day.

Anonymous, 10/Nov/2014

Yes, the car park will be open for normal opening times (unless snowy/icey!) but cafe may closed.

Forestry Commission Response
3 Stars 3 Stars

Disappointed that the free standing BBQ's weren't there as previously and nowhere to buy disposable ones. Ended up having to spend more money at the cafe.

Anonymous, 30/Oct/2014

Sorry you had a dissappointing visit. The free stands were removed as they were no longer up to standard (rusty and jagged) however, they were replaced with large stones which people can use disposable BBQ on. Disposable bbqs not on sale at B'hurst as they are usually readily available from nearby supermarkets and petrol stations.

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dio you still have the sculture od a frog over a pond or a river

karen, 10/Oct/2014

Yes but this sculpture is situated at Mallards Pike (not part of Beechenhurst Sculpture Trail)

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • 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.
  • Cafe
  • Gavellers cafe
  • Cycling
  • a cycle trail link leads down to the main family cycle trail
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Cars and minibuses:
    3.50 Mar - Oct
    3.00 Nov - Feb
    Coaches:
    10 year round
  • Picnic
  • several picnic tables scattered along the grassy area
  • Play area
  • there is a main play area and special toddler area
  • Telephone
  • pay phone on site (mobile phone reception is poor)
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:
8am - 5.00pm
Parking
Cars and minibuses:
3.50 Mar - Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
Coaches:
10 year round
Discovery Pass
25 car
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