Adventure Days

One of several canoe hire companies on the Wye. Starts from the Canoe Hire centre in Symonds Yat, taking you up river for the start of your Wye Valley Canoe Trip then you paddle back. Fabulous way to enjoy the area.

Quads are alot of fun, and during your one hour quad biking activity with Chepstow Activity Centre, you will have a great time. No previous experience in driving quads is needed before you start the activity – you don’t even need a driving licence, so you can just get on and have fun. The Quads that you will use during the activity are Honda TRX250 quad bikes, and with specially prepared trails to ride on, you will enjoy great views over Wye Valley and Severn Rivers. 

Cheltenham is the Home of Jump racing

A theatre of excellence that really can elevate you to a sporting high.

Cheltenham is at the heart of almost every aspect of Jump racing. This is the place where owners, trainers, jockeys, stable staff and breeders dream of having winners. It's the place where the most important races are run. This is where many stars of the future go through the sale ring. But most of all, this is the place where the equine and human champions forge their reputations.

As always, there is much to look forward to in the season, 16 exciting days of top class Jump racing. Hundreds of thousands of racing fans come to Cheltenham every year, but you don't need to be an expert to have the time of your life.

The wide variety of experiences ranges from the relaxed feel of the meetings in October and April, to the heady excitement of The Open and the family fun of New Year's Day. 

However, the focus of any jumping season is always The Festival. The Festival at Cheltenham is the shining jewel in Jump racing's crown. It is four days of magic, magnificence and madness, played out on a stage framed by the breathtaking vista of the Cotswold Hills. It features a cast of the best horses, jockeys and trainers playing to an audience of 260,000 people, all of whom are determined to have the time of their lives.

At Forest Adventure, we can accommodate groups for any occasion, whether it be a stag or hen-do, birthday party or a group of friends on a weekend away. Our choice of activities caters for everyone from the novice to the experienced. You may have been tempted to try one of the activities listed below. So why wait any longer? Activities include canoeing/kayaking, cave and mine exploration, mountain biking, field archery, adventure rambles and orienteering.

Climb the trees and slide across high wires, crawl through tunnels, cross rope bridges, walk the planks and zip down to the ground! Go Ape is an award-winning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides up to 40 feet up in the trees. Appealing to a wide age range, customers are fitted with a climbing harness, given instructions, and then trek from tree to tree high above the forest floor.

National Diving & Activity Centre. Based near Chepstow we offer excellent inland diving facilities and an exciting range of activities.

The Wyedean Canoe and Adventure Centre is set in the beautiful Symonds Yat Gorge. Surrounded by the placid waters of the River Wye and the breathtaking cliffs and woodlands of Symonds Yat Rock. One can take on an unparalleled range of outdoor pursuits. They cater for everyone from the individual to organised groups and companies alike, from the novice to expert.

Experience an exciting day out, off road driving in a safe, but challenging environment. Whitecliff Off Road Centre. It is run by qualified, Lantra & Borda instructors who are experienced in competitions such as Hill Rallies, British Safari Championships and 4x4 Off road club trial challenges throughout the UK. They cater for beginners to advanced levels, extreme conditions to winching & recovery courses. A variety of Land Rovers and Range Rovers are carefully maintained, ensuring an excellent safety record. The 4x4 driving site, with its variety of surfaces is one of the best in the UK and offers a range of difficulty, obstacles and terrain.

Country Parks

Puzzlewood is a unique and enchanting ancient woodland, located in the beautiful and historic Forest of Dean. Explore a mile of meandering pathways, with its fantastic tree and rock formations and an atmosphere quite unlike any other wood you have visited. JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood. A host of film and TV programmes have been filmed there.

Admire the picturesque views of the River Wye and surrounding area from this internationally famous viewpoint. Discover the ancient hill fort, spot birds of prey including the Peregrine Falcons that have nested in the limestone cliffs of Coldwell Rocks for the past 20 years. Enjoy a snack from the log cabin café or take a picnic.

Established in 1986, this four mile long Sculpture Trail was one of the first to open in the UK. The Trail features sculptures created by artists to interpret the Forest environment and the history of this very unusual landscape. It provides a unique opportunity to walk through the woodlands and discover art along the way. Perfect for all ages and abilities, you don't need to know about art to enjoy what you see.

The Jubilee Maze is one of Britain’s most famous traditional hedge mazes, with a romantic temple at the centre and over a kilometre of hedges. It was planted by Lindsay and Edward Heyes in 1977.

Find your way then play! This maze is a great place to play tag or Marco Polo with all the family. Not up to running around? Play by stealth! There’s a viewing platform for calling directions... but who can you trust?

House & Gardens

Like many gardens, the Lydney Park grounds and Lydney Park Spring Gardens have evolved over time. The original house at Lydney Park was surrounded by a Pleasure Garden and a large walled garden, which backed onto the Deer Park. Over time many impressive, exotic and rare trees have been planted in the Deer Park by successive generations of the family.

Some of the original formal gardens at Lydney Park were cleared to grow potatoes during the Second World War, leaving a blank canvas for the second Lord and Lady Bledisloe. As a result in the 1950's, a paved terrace, two fountain pools, hedges and lawns were introduced into the garden together with a major replanting programme - the result is an impressive display of spring colour. Flowering Cherries, Magnolias, scented spring flowering shrubs and drifts of spring bulbs provide a stunning entrance to Lydney Park Gardens.

Museums & Zoos

With hundreds of hands-on exhibits to explore, live shows and a Planetarium, At-Bristol is one of the UK’s biggest and most exciting interactive science centres

Big Pit is a real coal mine and one of Britain's leading mining museums. With facilities to educate and entertain all ages, Big Pit is an exciting and informative day out.

Horatio Nelson was born in Norfolk, died at sea and is buried in London. However, Monmouth is home to one of the best collections about the famous admiral in the world. Find out about Nelson’s life, loves, death and commemoration.

The museum moved to the current premises (a market hall complex built in the 1830s) in 1969, at which time the local history collections for the town were incorporated.

STEAM - Museum of the Great Western Railway is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works. The Museum tells the story of the men and women who built, operated and travelled on the Great Western Railway - 'God’s Wonderful Railway' - a railway network that, through the pioneering vision and genius of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was regarded as the most advanced in the world. Steam is open 10:00-17:00 daily.

Slimbridge is home to an astounding array of wildlife including the world's largest collection of swans.

You can walk with butterflies from around the world. Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo is indoors, it’s tropical and it’s teeming with exotic butterflies. Living butterflies fly around as you discover their fascinating lives in close-up. See every stage of their life-cycle: Egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and some of the world’s most beautiful butterflies.


The Dean Forest Railway provides the sight, sounds and smells of travel on a rural branch line from a bygone era. A standard gauge heritage railway operated by stream trains.

Indoor Village and Secret Passages Play under cover at Foxy Hollow Hidden Treasure Covered Picnic Tables Woodland Walks.

Sport & Health

Bike hire for all ages and abilities. Open all year - closed Mondays except school holidays. Cafe, repairs workshop, cycle spares shop, toilets/showers and bike wash available. Centrepoint for all cycle tracks.