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Handpicked Days Out

Our hand-picked days out for 2019

Family Day

For fun and relaxation for all the family why not spend the day at Beechenhurst in the Forest of Dean. A full blown fun day for children of all ages, with plenty to see and do, and a lovely cafe on site so you don’t have to leave to eat!


Spend the morning at Beechenhurst watching the children climb the tower (or join in yourself, there are climbs suitable for adults), learn archery or use the newly installed zip wire. Alternatively if cycling is more your idea of fun, there is easy access to the Family Cycle Trail. You can hire bikes in advance if you don’t want to bring your own.


Head to the The Beechenhurst Cafe for lunch. This family run business has a good atmosphere and plenty of choices for what to eat, serving the usual range of light lunches and homemade cakes.  The real winner is that there are places for a  picnic there as well, and a giant playground right next to the cafe that is perfect for the children, with a separate toddler’s area too.


After lunch, and before heading back to Penhein, take a relaxing stroll along some or all of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail which starts just outside the Beechenhurst Cafe.  The trail is perfect for all ages and abilities, and you don’t need to know about art to enjoy what you see.  Highlights include a 15ft high stained glass window suspended from the tree canopy, enabling visitors to walk underneath, and a giant chair made of sweet chestnut, which enjoys wonderful views. The perfect way to wind down after a busy, fun filled day.

Upcoming events

Street Food and Craft Night Market at Abergavenny Market

Date: 9th April - 29th October 2020

Indulge in some great street food, browse the unusual craft and gift stalls...

Forest of Dean Autumn Half Marathon

Date: 27th September 2020

This race follows a forest trails course with no road crossings. It has some...

Forest Showcase Food Festival

Date: 4th October 2020

The Forest Showcase Food & Drink Festival is back at the Speech House Hotel....