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Explore Beechenhurst
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.8/5)

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

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.

Highway Rat Trail

The Highway Rat is the latest Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler book to be brought to life on our forest trails. Follow the panels, complete activities and interact with the forest as you head on a journey with The Highway Rat and all the characters from the story!

Beechenhurst cafe

Beechenhurst cafe serves 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 walking trail leaflets and Discovery Passes.

Adventure play

The main play area includes a zip wire, swings, tunnel 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.  The course reopens in February 2018 for the school half term holidays. 

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 please get in touch with us in advance.  Self led visitors may like to use the downloadable resources including activities and lesson plans.

Families may wish to download our fun activity sheets for children to help get the most out of your visit.

Parking Charges

Pay and Display parking operates at Beechenhurst, monies raised are essential for site maintenance and improvements.   Card payments can be taken at the lodge building ticket machine (in the covered walkway)

Peak  (weekends, bank holidays and Gloucestershire school holidays)
Up to 2 hours £3
2-4 hours       £4
All Day           £5

Off Peak (Monday-Friday during school term time)
Up to 2 hours  £2
2-4 hours       £3
All Day           £4

Coaches (vehicles with over 20 seats)      Minibus
Peak £10, Off Peak £8                              Peak £8, Off Peak £6 

Regular visitors can save money with a Discovery Pass
£30 for a whole year - that's just £2.50 a month and gives free parking for a year as well as a range of other benefits! 


What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

Visited for first time yesterday. Was lovely and plenty of room for the kids to run around. The park was fab and had one very tired out toddler by the end of our trip. Will definately be returning.

Hayley, 20/Jul/2018
5 Stars 5 Stars

I visited for the first time today with my little girl. We loved it we will be back again so much to do and it's a great day out

Louise, 2/Jun/2018
5 Stars 5 Stars

Visited for the first time and despite the cold and snow we really enjoyed ourselves. My 6 year old daughter and her friend had a great time exploring the forest for the Highway Rat, and loved the play area. Plenty of areas to picnic at and walking / cycle trails to explore so we'll definitely be back.

Louise, 20/Mar/2018
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Last updated: 17th August 2018

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What's Here?

  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe
  • Dog bin
  • Educational
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • 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
  • Picnic
  • several picnic tables scattered along the grassy area
  • Play area
  • there is a main play area and special toddler area


OS Grid ref: SO614120

Get directions


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
Discovery Pass
30 car

Family activities

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