Coleford, Gloucestershire

A small market town that’s technically the biggest community in the Forest of Dean, just two miles from the Welsh border, so plenty to see and do nearby. At the centre of the town is a market place with a clock tower and surrounding Georgian buildings. You could pass a few hours mooching about and having a bite to eat; go to the Great Western Railway Museum if you like trains, or have a ride on the Perrygrove Railway. The kids will love Puzzlewood, an enchanting forest trail set in 14 acres of woodland. Where to eat? Depends what you like of course, but try the Speech House for afternoon tea, Andersens for seafood, European and British fare, and though it’s small, Le Petit Hibou for French café style.

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