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.
From the creators of The Gruffalo and Gruffalo's Child, Superworm tells the story of how a superworm and his mini-beast friends defeat the villainous Wizard Lizard. Trail open until November 2015. Sign up to hear more at www.forestry.gov.uk/superworm
New for Summer 2015 - Tree Top Junior
This junior version of Go Ape is aimed at 6-12 year olds and is now open! The course can be found at the edge of the main car park.
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 please phone 01594 827357
The cafe closes at the end of August 2015 at which point mobile catering will be on site. This is to enable improvement works to be carried out to the Lodge building, all other facilities will remain open as normal.
Contain-A-Cafe will be serving fresh coffee and homemade cakes amongst a range of tasty hot and cold food options from 10am - 4pm daily as of September 1st.
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
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. 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.
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.