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Forest of Dean

Explore Beechenhurst Lodge
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.2/5)

Beechenhurst lies in the heart of the forest, and is a great place to start your adventure. Discover the Sculpture Trail, play area, cafe, shop and climbing tower.

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The Gavellers Cafe and restaurant

The cafe provides a range of wholesome 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 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.  The tower is now closed until spring 2014.

Fantastic forest trails

Beechenhurst is the starting point for the famous Sculpture Trail, there are four additional waymarked walks starting from the visitor centre, including the Sky Rainforest Rescue Discovery Trail

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.

Adventure play

The main play area has recently undergone refurbishment with a new zip wire and picnic area installed. There is a separate toddler area for our younger visitors.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Beechenhurst is great to relax which a coffee while the kids burn off all thier energy!! If only there was cabins to rent for an iver night say!! .D

Booey, 5/Apr/2014
5 Stars 5 Stars

Amazingly good, I ran our of juices though and was getting sore from all the activity. Would highly recommend it, I had a brilliant time.

Edith, 4/Apr/2014

I would like to ask have you got a wifi connection in or around the visitors centre.many thanks

Anonymous, 2/Feb/2014

Sorry we haven't got this yet. We are working towards this provision along with one of our on-site providers to try to get this in the future.

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • 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.
  • Cafe
  • Gavellers cafe
  • Cycling
  • a cycle trail link leads down to the main family cycle trail
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Cars and minibuses:
    3.50 Mar - Oct
    3.00 Nov - Feb
    Coaches:
    10 year round
  • Picnic
  • several picnic tables scattered along the grassy area
  • Play area
  • there is a main play area and special toddler area
  • Telephone
  • pay phone on site (mobile phone reception is poor)
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: SO614120

Get directions

Contact

West England District
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01594 833057
westengland@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
8am - 7.30pm
Parking
Cars and minibuses:
3.50 Mar - Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
Coaches:
10 year round
Discovery Pass
25 car
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