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.
If you enjoyed the Gruffalo trail, you'll love our Gruffalo's Child trail! Families are invited into the deep dark wood. forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo
Superworm trail coming soon! From the creators of The Gruffalo and Gruffalo's Child, the hugely popular children's story Superworm will be coming to the forest from 13 March 2015. Superworm tells the story of how a superworm and his mini-beast friends defeat the villainous Wizard Lizard. Sign up to be the first to hear more at www.forestry.gov.uk/superworm
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.
The Gavellers Cafe and restaurant
The cafe provides a range of hot and cold food. 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.
The Climbing Tower
Open from Easter. 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.
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.
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.