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Explore Beechenhurst Lodge
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

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.

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:

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 why not consider using qualified forest educators from our learning provider, Schola Foris Archimedes. They also deliver in other Dean Forest Park locations.

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?

3 Stars 3 Stars

The overall park area is fine although not without faults. The car park is rather confusing to navigate and you are not informed of it being 'Pay And Display' until you have parked and made it to the main building. The cafe is not brilliant with every cake style item containing raisins except the flapjacks and the filter coffee is absolutely awful tasting very burnt, I would make sure to take your own food and drink.

Paul, 25/Aug/2014

Thank you for your comments. There is a car park pay and display sign on the left AS SOON AS YOU cross the cattlegrid onto site - we had to adhere to legislation for this so all signage is made very clear. We are sorry that the cafe offer was not as expected, we always feedback all comments to the franchise holders.

Forestry Commission Response

Have you got an off road scooter for wheelchair users to borrow while on the trail ?

Anonymous, 10/Jul/2014

No, sorry we do not provide this at Beechenhurst as there are no Forestry Commission staff based on-site to manage loaning it.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

Fantastic place. Great for the kids and thedogs. We never get tired of visiting.

Anonymous, 5/Jul/2014
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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
    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


OS Grid ref: SO614120

Get directions


West England District
01594 833057

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
8am - 7.30pm
Cars and minibuses:
3.50 Mar - Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
10 year round
Discovery Pass
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