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Explore Beechenhurst
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.5/5)

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... 

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. A Christmas Tree Trail is open for December.

Beechenhurst cafe

Beechenhurst cafe serves 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   The cafe have free wi-fi and sell walking trail leaflets 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 and during the school holidays.  Please note that Tree Top will be closed on the Christmas and New Year bank holiday weekends.

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 (downloadable resources are available such as activities and lesson plans) or the chance to use a Forestry Commission approved learning provider 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?

Hi are dogs welcome here? Also is there any Christmas events taking place as looking for something different for my 7 and 9yr old.

Sarah Shepherd , 29/Nov/2016

Yes, we welcome well behaved dogs :-) We have a Christmas Trail you can follow with information about different trees along the way and why the species we all know and love as Christmas Trees are the best!

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Please keep dogs under control had uncomfortable visit today with not 1 but 2 I'd class potentially dangerous dogs loose out of control on the stickman trail not able to relax with a 3 and 5 year old

Lee, 29/Oct/2016

We are very sorry to hear that loose dogs upset your visit to Beechenhurst. We do say that all dogs must be under control - this very hard to manage. When our rangers see people with dogs out of control they do talk to the owner concerned. Thank you for your feedback.

Forestry Commission Response
5 Stars 5 Stars

I echo Rachel's comments above about Breath of Fresh Air. I hope something similar starts up soon. Tuesday's won't be the same!

Claire, 19/Oct/2016

We are working towards bringing in a new learning provider for Spring 2017 - keep an eye on our Beechenhurst Facebook page for further information next year.

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Last updated: 5th December 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
    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


OS Grid ref: SO614120

Get directions


West England District
0300 067 4800

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
Cars and minibuses:
3.50 Mar - Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
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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