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Explore Beechenhurst
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.5/5)

Latest News (19/10/2016 13:30)

The Wyedean Rally will be passing through the forest area at Beechenhurst on Saturday 12th November.  During this time all Beechenhurst trails will be closed, other than the Speech House Link.  The Beechenhurst car park will be a rally spectator car park charged for by the Rotary Club with monies raised going to local charities.  The cafe, play area and Tree Top Junior will operate as normal.

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... 

Forest web page 150x98pxStickman Trail

Last chance to explore the Stickman Trail at Beechenhurst!  This trail closes at the end of October.  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 Beechenhurst Cafe.  Find out more at

Beechenhurst cafe

The new cafe is now open, serving food from 8.30am everyday.  The menu encompasses locally sourced food with a variety of specials and childrens meals available.  Parties/meetings can be catered for, please contact the cafe on 01594 824662 or e-mail   The cafe have free wi-fi and sell Sculpture Trail leaflets, Stickman packs and Discovery Passes.

Sculpture Trail - New artworks for 2016

Two new permanent pieces of artwork, 'Coal Measure Giants' by Henry Castle and 'Yasasin' by Pomona Zipser, were opened in July 2016 to 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.  

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.  

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.

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.  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.

Forest Learning 

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 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?

I'm very disappointed to hear A Breath of Fresh Air will cease at Beechenhurst. I had only taken my two toddlers to one session and they thoroughly enjoyed it. Why is it stopping? They said it was a forestry commission decision.

rachael, 23/Sep/2016

Thank you for your comments and we're pleased you've enjoyed the sessions. The Forestry Commission is committed to ensuring that there will be a learning provider based at Beechenhurst following an application process as soon as possible.

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

Great place...carton of drinks at Cafe too expensive at 1.30!

Anonymous, 2/Sep/2016

I am 17 years old and looking for part time work, i have experience in customer service and plate waitering so know what it takes to maintain customer satisfaction. I live in the local area and transport to and from would not be an issue. I can forward a cv if necessary. I appreciate you taking time to read this email and look forward to a response.

Nathan Phillips, 18/Aug/2016

Please email the café direct as this is not run by the FC:

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Last updated: 19th October 2016

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe
  • Dog bin
  • 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.
  • Cycling
  • a cycle trail link leads down to the main family cycle trail
  • Hi-Rope
  • Tree Top Junior
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Cars and minibuses:
    £3.50 Mar - Oct
    £3.00 Nov - Feb
    £10 year round
    Please bring the correct change for the P&D machine as there is no credit card facility. Thank you.
  • 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:
Open by 8am daily. Closing times:
Nov- Feb 5.00pm
March 6.30pm
April 8pm
May - Aug 9pm
Sept 7.30pm
Oct 6.30pm
Cars and minibuses:
£3.50 Mar - Oct
£3.00 Nov - Feb
£10 year round
Please bring the correct change for the P&D machine as there is no credit card facility. Thank you.
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