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.
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.
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.
Activities include ‘The Wire’ - one of the UK's longest, tallest and fastest zip slides, running the 700 metre length of the NDAC Quarry.
The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley is home to a great range of attractions - some man-made, some completely natural but all of them well worth a visit. You may wish to discover the area's history, or enjoy a stroll around a nature reserve.
There’s an array of family oriented attractions where you can all have fun, relax or enjoy some animal magic. On rainy days there’s also plenty to do from museums to caves or how about spending some time riding a steam train through the forest or taking a cruise down the River Wye.
There really is no shortage of ideas for things to see and do in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.
Houses & 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.
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.
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?
Museums & Zoos
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.
A major attraction for over 200 years, with plenty to do above and below ground.
Clearwell Caves are now a working mining museum where visitors can see impressive caverns with geological and mining displays. Iron ore from the Caves has been used over many centuries to make tools, weapons and machinery. Some forms of the iron ore occurs in powder form, red, yellow, purple and brown ochre; they are highly valued as pigments and still mined at Clearwell Caves. The Caves are an important, but until now, a little known part of the Forest of Dean's history and environment.
4 mile, 100 acre Safari
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.