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...
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 Beechenhurst Cafe. Find out more at www.forestry.gov.uk/stickman
The new cafe is now open, serving food from 8.30am everyday. The menu encompasses locally sourced food with a variety of specials and childrens meals available. Parties/meetings can be catered for, please contact the cafe on 01594 824662 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org The cafe have free wi-fi and sell Sculpture Trail leaflets, Stickman packs and Discovery Passes.
Sculpture Trail - New artworks for 2016
Two new permanent pieces of artwork, 'Coal Measure Giants' by Henry Castle and 'Yasasin' by Pomona Zipser, were opened in July 2016 to 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.
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.
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.
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?
4 StarsAnn O'Neemus, 20/Jul/2016
I'm a regular walker in the Forest but on Sunday I had to park my car there. There has been a degree of rearrangement of the roadways and it was CHAOS! Lots of signs saying 'No entry' or 'No exit' (I forget which), but there is a clear need for EXIT signage telling drivers how to get out of the place. There was almost gridlock in places where several vehicles had driven into a dead end and then had no room to turn around and get out.
Forestry Commission Response
Brand new while lines/arrows/words have been painted on the roads in the car park so this should help confusion!
1 StarAnonymous, 7/Jul/2016
i loved it
5 StarsBelinda , 29/May/2016
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
Forestry Commission Response
sorry, we haven't had this handed in.