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 have now been completed on the lodge at Beechenhurst. Beechenhurst cafe will be opening shortly (date tbc) Watch this space for more details.
Sculpture Trail - New artworks for 2016
Two new permanent pieces of artwork, 'Coal Measure Giants' by Henry Castle and 'Yasasin' by Pomona Zipser, will be opened July 15th 2016 and will mark the 30th anniversary of the Sculpture Trail.
Two temporary artworks are in place towards the start of the trail, 'Sentient Forest' by Andrea Roe and 'Charcoal Measure' by Onya McCausland.
Serving fresh coffee and homemade cakes amongst a range of tasty hot and cold food options from 10am - 4pm daily. Tel 01594 368009. Sorry but card payments can not be taken.
Contain-A-Cafe will be in place until refurbishment works have been completed on the lodge building. The cafe also sell Sculpture Trail 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 and during the school holidays.
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 (downloadable resources are available 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.
Families may wish to download our fun activity sheets for children to help get the most out of your visit.
What do other visitors say?
1 StarAnonymous, 7/Jul/2016
i loved it
5 StarsBelinda , 29/May/2016
I visited Beechenhurst Lodge today with family and was very impressed. However, I wonder if you could answer a question - my Dad lost his jumper ( a marron/red v-necked one) somewhere along the Sculpture Trail route, or possibly the mens toilets. I can't find a phone number to see if anyone handed it in? If so I could go back to re-claim it. Can you help please? Thanks in advance, Belinda
Forestry Commission Response
sorry, we haven't had this handed in.
Are disposable bbq still allowed to the site
Forestry Commission Response
Yes disposable BBQs are allowed. Please place on rocks provided not on picnic benches or grass and please take it away at the end of your visit. Thank you, enjoy your visit.