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 Contain-A-Cafe. Find out more at www.forestry.gov.uk/stickman
Exciting new cafe coming soon!
Building works are currently taking place at Beechenhurst. The lodge building is being improved to house a new cafe, due to be opened summer 2016. There will be some disruption to the site during the build phase but Beechenhurst will remain open as usual (trails, toilets, picnic facilities, on site activities etc.)
Sculpture Trail - New artworks for 2016
A new temporary artwork by Andrea Roe opened on Friday 15th April. 'Sentient Forest' is an interactive luminescent artwork inspired by a hidden forest communication network.
In March, a temporary sculpture 'Charcoal Measure' by Onya McCausland was revealed. Charcoal lines mark the hidden underground coal excavations 1000ft below the surface. The charcoal was made from Place (Giant's Chair) which was decommissioned in 2015.
Serving fresh coffee and homemade cakes amongst a range of tasty hot and cold food options from 10.30am - 3pm Monday to Friday and 10am - 4pm at weekends. Tel 01594 368009. Sorry but card payments can not be taken.
Contain-A-Cafe will be in place until refurbishment works have taken place on the lodge building. The cafe also sell Sculpture Trail and Forest Walks leaflets, Stickman packs and Discovery Passes.
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 through the winter.
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 (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 or Rachel Shilston.
What do other visitors say?
Norman Holland, 14/Apr/2016
I wish to book the glade at beechenhurst for Saturday 16th July for St Georges Church Brockworth all day please
Forestry Commission Response
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
5 StarsAnonymous, 9/Apr/2016
Had some great days here and there is always something to do on a genuine family day out without any huge expense, just make own fun, getting dirty playing in the forest.
Sign-posting to Beechenhurst in the local area is poor.
On the day we visited with two grandsons, specifically to follow the Stickman Trail, no activity packs were available, and we were advised to 'make up our own activity'.
Forestry Commission Response
We are working with Highways to install further Brown Signs. The rangers have been informed about the Stickman Packs and yes, due to its popularity, the packs were sold out over the Easter holidays and have been replenished since.