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Beechenhurst, managed by Forestry England, lies in the heart of the Forest of Dean, and is a great place to start your forest adventure.
There is a family activity trail which has a different theme each year. This year it is the Zog Trail, based on the Julia Donaldson book of the same name. Use the free app to collect golden stars just like Zog and have the chance to take a photo with everyone’s favourite dragon at the end of the trail! For extra fun pick up an activity pack from the Ranger Hatch or Beechenhurst Café for lots of activities to do along the trail.
There is also a large forest themed play area with a separate area specially made for toddlers. In 2022 we welcomed a brand-new zip line, nest swing and climbing frame. The play area is located next to the café, perfect to refuel ready for some more play! The café is a family-run business serving quality food and drink made from fresh ingredients every day. There are also have bookable barbecues if you fancy cooking your own family feast.
If you are looking for more adventure, there is a Go Ape high ropes course. Built for the whole family, this is the ultimate tree top experience of wobbly bridges, intricate crossings, and an awesome zip wire finale.
Or why not bring your bikes and access the wider forest on the Family Cycle Trail. This is a waymarked circular route mainly on former railway lines with connecting routes to villages and picnic sites. It has been especially surfaced and is suitable for all ages and abilities.
Beechenhurst is also home to the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail. Founded in 1986, the sculpture trail is a partnership between Forestry England and the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust. Some of the sculptures are temporary, while others will last for years. They have all been designed to evolve over time as the forest changes around them.
Beechenhurst is free to enter but parking charges apply. The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests.
Peak charges (1 April - 31 October)
• Up to 2 hours - £3.00
• Up to 4 hours - £5.00
• All day - £7.00
• Minibuses/motorhomes - £10.00
• Coaches/minibuses with trailers - £12.00
Off peak charges (1 November - 31 March)
• Up to 2 hours - £2.00
• Up to 4 hours - £4.00
• All day - £5.00
• Minibuses/motorhomes - £8.00
• Coaches/minibuses with trailers - £10.00
- Disabled toilets
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Baby changing facilities
- Children welcome
- Parking with charge
- Dogs Accepted
- Public toilets
- School Trips
- Accepts groups
- Coach parties accepted
|Season (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
* The site opens at 8:30am every day and the closing times are as follows:
• November to February - 5:00pm
• March - 6:30pm
• April - 8:00pm
• May to August - 9:00pm
• September - 7:30pm
• October - 6:30pm
Beechenhurst is often quieter on weekdays (outside of school holidays), earlier in the morning, and later in the afternoon.