Whilst we were away on our Easter break in The Cotswolds we visited Beechenhurst. It is run by Forestry Commission and is set in a beautiful area of The Forest Of Dean. It has walking trails, cafe and activities to do for the children.

Our stop before hand was Symonds Yat which is also run by Forestry Commission, but it is set very high up which means it was pretty cold up there! However you get the views because of this! 

I wanted to mention that we visited here first because it is only about 10 minutes away from Beechenhurst, you can park up and walk about 5 minutes from the car park to find these views. You do have to pay parking, and we didn’t find out until after that you can transfer your ticket. I don’t think this was mentioned on the website. You can pay for the day ticket and use it at any of the Forestry Commission places in this area. 

Beechenhurst has lots of things going on there, including a GoApe trail for 6-12yrs which looked good fun to do! We had booked the children into the Forest Of Dean Adventures climbing wall and archery. 

They did a package for 1hrs worth of activities split in half of climbing and archery, £12 per child, this is bookable online. 

The lady who was running the session was fun and friendly with the children, she was encouraging and helpful to them all. 

They all loved it and would have happily had longer than the 30 minutes on there! 

The it was archery time! She gave the children a good brief on how to hold everything, how to shoot safely and what she wanted them to do. 

So then they were able to go up in pairs to try to hit the target. They all did really well and enjoyed it. It is easier for them to do it without coats on as they need to wear arm bands. So wrap them up as you can see mine looked pretty cold! 

The kids had fun doing this, but they did say they would have preferred more time climbing! 

This was great activity for them to do at Beechenhurst and I would happily book it again for them. 

Whilst at Beechenhurst we had walk around the sculpture trail. We visited at the end of March and you could see they were doing some work to the trails and trees, however we didn’t find any sculptures! 

It pretty much looked like this everywhere! So I am not sure if we took the wrong turning, or they were doing some work to the area! 

We had a coffee and warm up in the cafe, food and drink was good and this is right by a big play area for the kids too.

So if your in the area to Beechenhurst it is worth a little visit, especially if your looking for some activities for the kids to do. 

*All activities we paid for ourselves. 

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  1. Beechenhurst is fab, isn’t it? We went last year for a really big family gathering – there’s an area you can hire barbecues for big groups. The playground was really good. Such s shame you didn’t see any sculptures though.

    • Wonder where they were?! The park was good too and I love the idea of a big family gathering there too!

  2. This looks absolutely awesome. I wonder if there is anything like this near where we live. I know there is a Go Ape not far from us. I am going to see if my daughter would like to do this. It maybe a good way for her to burn off some of her energy.

    John M

  3. Oh wow look at the climbing wall! My daughter is a real climber so would adore that. What a fab place to burn off some steam! x

  4. This looks fab. I can’t wait until my kids are old enough for us to take them to a Go Ape centre. They’d love it.

  5. I have some family who live near the Forest oF Dean and it is a lovely place to visit and explore. It certainly looks like you had a lot of fun – I would love to try the archery as it’s been years since I’ve done that!

  6. Oh what a fun way to spend time with the family and get them outside. My son would adore that climbing wall – not so sure about his mum though.

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