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.
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. forestry.gov.uk/gruffalo
Real Christmas Trees
Last sales weekend: December 20th and 21st, 10am - 4pm. Nordman fir and Norway spruce, prices from £20. FREE PARKING with every tree purchased. Everything must go!
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.
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 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: www.gavellerscafe.co.uk
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 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.
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.
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.