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Explore Beechenhurst Lodge
(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, shop, climbing tower and Tree Top Junior.. 

Superworm text copyright © Julia Donaldson 2012. Superworm illustration copyright © Axel Scheffler 2012Superworm Trail

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 early December 2015.  Sign up to hear more at

Christmas Tree Sales

Choosing a Spruce Christmas tree at WhinlatterTree sales will take place from the lodge decking area, Saturday 28th November onwards.  Spruce and Nordman fir trees will be available for purchase Thursday to Sunday until December 20th.  Please note that only fir trees will be on sale on the November weekend.

The Xmas Factor takes place Sunday December 5th at Beechenhurst from midday onwards.  Enjoy carol singing by local schools, reading with the library service, Stickman making with A Breath of Fresh Air, music from Cinderford Brass Band and seasonal refreshments from Contain-A-Cafe.

Forest web page 150x98pxStickman Trail

Explore the Stickman Trail at Beechenhurst from Saturday 5th December onwards.  Find out more at

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 (except December 26th and 27th.)

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.

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. 


Serving fresh coffee and homemade cakes amongst a range of tasty hot and cold food options from 10.30am - 3pm Monday to Wednesday and 10am - 4pm Thursday to Friday. 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. 

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.

Forest Learning 

If you are interested in bringing a school or group to Beechenhurst there are options for self led visits (see 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.

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Fantastic family place to go. We go frequently with our two small children who love it. Great shop and very reasonable cafe,

JJack, 28/Nov/2015

Great, glad you enjoy your visits!

Forestry Commission Response

We are visiting in the area and wondered if the nature trail and caf were open over the weekend? I can only seem to find opening times from Monday to Friday? Also, can you just clarify, if we pay 3 to park our car, does this also give us access to the nature trail, or do we have to pay extra to do that? Many thanks.

S Allen, 27/Nov/2015

When you have paid to park all the trails and play area etc are free. you can use your ticket at other sites on the same day too. There are various walks and trails plus a Sculpture Trail and a Superworm trail (about to be replaced with Stickman Trail) There isn't a specific nature trail.

Forestry Commission Response
2 Stars 2 Stars

How disappointing to find out today that your sculpture trail has many that have been decommissioned, yet no reference is made on the massive sign at the beginning of the trail.

Only after returning home and an afternoon of disappointed kids did we find out on the internet !!

Anonymous, 2/Nov/2015

We are sorry you were disappointed - many of the sculptures are getting very old and hav eneeded removal - the most recent is 'Place' we have placed two signs up at Beechenhurst one is located on the notice board and the other in location at Place. The shop have also been briefed and have a copy of the signage. Mellissa’s swing, Observatory and Raw all had signs up when they were decommissioned in 2014. Raw still has a sign as it’s in place. They aren’t advertised in the current trail leaflet nor are they advertised on the banner. The Sculpture trust’s website does show these sculptures but does explain that they have been decommissioned. Our website also has info on Place and the new sculptures to be commissioned this year.

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Last updated: 11/25/2015

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Dog bin
  • Educational
  • Shop
  • 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
    10 year round
  • 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

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West England District
0300 067 4800

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
8am - 5.00pm
Cars and minibuses:
3.50 Mar - Oct
3.00 Nov - Feb
10 year round
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