Things to Do

It’s rare on a group holiday for everyone to do the same things, especially if you’ve got gran and grandad with you – and that is where the Anchor scores. You may revel in the beauty of the surroundings and use the chance to spend time together or maybe stroll down to the pub and wander alongside the river.

If visiting attractions is your thing you’ll be spoiled for choice: within a 10 minute drive you can be at magical Puzzlewood (where they filmed Harry Potter and Star Wars) Dean Forest Railway, Perrygrove Railway, Clearwell Caves, Goodrich Castle, Dean Heritage Centre, Hopewell Colliery Museum, beautiful Symonds Yat Rock and many many more.

If you’re feeling active you’re at the heart of one of the UK’s premier spots for outdoor activity. On your doorstep you can find cycle hire and wonderful forest trails for every level of fitness including the well known Family Trail. You can walk down to river and launch a canoe. You’re located on one of Britain’s best long distance trails,  the Wye Valley Walk: combine that with the walks through the Forest and you could spend weeks here and not repeat yourself. What else can you do within a 10 minute drive? Climbing, Segue Hire, Off Roading, Fishing, Golf, Zip wire, Riding, Paintballing, the list is enormous and growing.

Above all you’ll be staying in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley surrounded by some of Britain’s loveliest unspoilt countryside.

Forest of Dean:

Inspire2Adventure – Inspire offer a wide range of outdoor adventure activities suitable for all ages aimed at families, groups, hen and stag parties. Activities available include: gorge scrambling, canoeing, mountain biking, climbing and abseiling, hill walking and orienteering. Half, full or multi-day. Pre-booking is essential.

Life Changing Activities – If you are looking for outdoor activities that are both exciting and safe then we can organise everything for your family, group, stag or hen party.  Go rock climbing, abseiling, canoeing or caving at Symonds Yat or try gorge walking or survival training just a bit further afield. If you don’t want to travel at all then we can run our exciting Team Challenge right where you are staying.

Pedalabikeaway – Pedalabikeaway is in the heart of the Royal Forest of Dean. Bike hire, cafe and workshop we have every thing for the forest day out with friends and family.

Adventure Tower & Ropes – The climbing tower is an exciting way to let off steam! Based at Beechenhurst, a great location for a day out with the family. Come and Pay & Play. The ropes course is an adrenalin rush suitable for everyone aged 8 upwards.

All Saints Church – Newland – The Cathedral Of The Forest – All Saints Church, The Cathedral of the Forest, dates back to the 1200’s. King John appointed Robert of Wakering as first Rector in 1216. This historic church is home to the Miners Brass a symbol of the Royal Forest of Dean.

Angling4aCatch Angling Tuition – Fancy a go at Angling? Why not let Angling4aCatch Angling Tuition show you how? Enjoy the fresh air and take in the stunning Forest of Dean scenery whilst enjoying Britain’s favourite pastime.

Aunt Marthas Victorian Tea-Rooms – Step back in time and enjoy the atmosphere at Aunt Martha’s Victorian Tea-rooms and gardens. Discover how your ancestors lived over 100 years ago without the benefits of electricity.

Bigsweir Fishery – Salmon Fishing in the Wye. Situated right opposite The Florence – 9 beats – Booking essential – call for details.

Dean Forest Cycles – Situated in Parkend only a few hundred meters from the traffic free family cycle trail. We offer high quality mountain and trail bikes along with children’s bikes, trailers, tow-alongs and baby seats. All available to hire at competitive prices. We have a welcoming café serving drinks and light snacks.

Dean Heritage Centre – Five modern museum galleries; Busy programme of events; Authentically recreated Victorian Forester’s cottage; Characters from the Forest’s history; Five acres of woodland; Millpond and working millwheel; Garden with Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs, ferrets and chickens.

Elton Farm Giant Maize Mazes – 3 maize mazes hiding the Nation’s favourite Cartoon & Animated Heroes. Trivia quiz, look out towers & hidden objects. Suitable for pushchairs & all ages. Picnic site, snacks and games area. Great for Birthday and Works parties with BBQ.

Forest Adventure – Our activities provide a base for promoting Self-esteem, Co-operation & Teamwork with experienced instructors. Rock activities, Canoe & Kayak river adventures. Cave & overnight cave experience. Archery, Mountain biking, Bivouac weekends and more.

Forest Bikes and Outdoor Leisure – We offer a wide range of Land Rover Cycles for Sale and Hire. We are a small family business offering a friendly, helpful and personal service. The Forest of Dean cycle routes offer traffic free, safe and beautiful cycling opportunities for all ages and can be accessed 250 yards from our door.

Forest Combat Paintballing – We offer a fun, yet challenging outdoor adventure, set on an open hillside, woodland and our unique ‘Killer Maze’. Ideal for birthdays, stag/hen parties and organisations, including clubs, schools and corporate.

Forest Hills Golf Club – Super Greens & challenging holes for players of every level. 6300 yard par 72 Golf Course. Memberships available, visitors welcome on the Course and in the Bar. Conference & Wi-Fi facilities.

Forest Leisure Coleford – Conveniently situated just outside Coleford. Facilities include swimming pool, tennis, squash, gymnasium and sports hall. Plenty of Free Car Parking.

Forest of Dean Mountain Bike Guides – We offer professional guided mountain bike rides on the fantastic trails in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. We cater for all levels from gentle fun family rides to the more extreme routes that the area is famous for.

Forest Of Dean School Of Photography – Fun, photographic training and safari’s in the heart of the forest with a pro photographer David Broadbent for any skill level. Improve your general skill level on hone one area – it’s up to you.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure – Every year, nearly half a million people Go Ape in the most awe-inspiring locations. So whatever your ability, join us if you fancy taking on zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders & more.

Harts Barn Cookery School – The School runs hands-on cooking courses, demos, seasonal events and themed cook and dine evenings. It also offers; regular cooking clubs, after-school clubs and holiday activities and themed parties for children and adults. Membership packages are available for year-round discounts.

Mary Rose Young Pottery – Mary Rose Young makes her distinctive pottery at her studio in the Forest of Dean. Visit her gallery above the studio, you may even be joined by celebrity collectors like Mika, Lily Allen, Steven Tyler, Demi Moore and Ozzy Osborne.

Photowyedean – Photowyedean provides photo courses for everyone. Expert guides help you compose images, understand the digital camera and capture the Forest of Dean’s finest landscapes. Two hour courses, one day and weekend courses are specially designed for starters, improvers and enthusiasts.

Poet Pilot – Microlight Flying lessons over the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. Fly with our qualified instructors in our ultra-modern Eurostar, or for bold adventurers, our vintage open cockpit trainer! Trial lessons start from just £65 !

Puzzlewood – A magical day out in the Forest of Dean. Set in 14 acres of ancient woodland. There are seven elusive features to find as you wander round. JRR Tolkien was a frequent visitor to the Forest of Dean and many believe Puzzlewood was the inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth contained within The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

RFOD Angling Club – Excellent sport on 7 waters, Steam Mills, Lightmoor, Meadowcliff, Waterloo Screens, Marians Pool, Plump Hill (Good for children, small and not so small) and a stretch of the Avon. We also now have a stretch of the Wye at Lower Lydbrook. Check out the website for more information.

Way2go Adventures – Get Up, Get Out, Get Active. Join one of our qualified Guides/coaches for Canoe or Kayak experience on the River Wye. Other activities include: Sea Kayaking, Raft Building, Nordic Walking, and BCU Courses. We welcome Families, Stag/Hen parties, Schools/Youth group and corporate events.

Whitecliff Off Road Centre Ltd – Off-road training, gift experience days, corporate, stag/hen events. Full or half day courses. Chauffeured rides for all the family. Owner driver courses. Gift Vouchers available. Must ring first to book.

Wyedean Canoe & Adventure Centre – Family run centre. All levels catered for. Qualified instructors. Expert tuition. Canoe & Kayak hire. Team Building. Corporate Days. We cater for adults and children.

Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo – Walk with butterflies as you explore the incredible and beautiful world of these wonderful creatures. This safari is for everyone with an interest in the environment, and has some wonderful photographic opportunities, come and see!

Wye Valley Miniature Golf – Play this new twelve hole miniature course, amongst the fantasy ruins of a picturesque Roman villa. Will you beat par? Half price admission with ticket holders for Amazing Hedge Puzzle or Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo.


Labels Outlet Shopping – One of the UK’s leading outlet shopping destinations. Well known brands for you and your home – Womenswear / Menswear / Shoes & Accessories / Bags & Luggage / Sport / Bed linen & Towels / Cook shop / Gifts / Homewear / Cafe & Seafood Bar / Food hall with Deli & Master Butcher. Open 7 days a week.

Parkfields Gallery – Parkfields Gallery exhibits a diverse range of the highest quality art and contemporary craft by established British artists and craftspeople. Work on display includes paintings, prints, ceramics, glassware, sculpture, jewellery, designer textiles & superb handmade furniture.

Pots and Pieces Teashop & Gallery – Enjoy browsing a wide range of unusual gifts including: original paintings, jewellery, iron work, ceramics, candles, candle holders, photograph frames, lights and silk scarves as you sit and enjoy a beverage in our 5 star tea and coffee shop.

Sarah DArcy Ceramics – Ceramic animals of distinction. Each hand built & therefore unique. There is a wide range of animals including hares, geese, hippos & sheep. Large pieces suitable for outdoors. Mail order service available.

Trippenkennet Farm – Coarse Fishing – Two well stocked coarse lakes, offering pleasure and specimen fishing. Our lakes are suitable for less-abled users, with disabled toilets and a good path providing access to the lakes, set in beautiful Herefordshire countryside. You won’t be disappointed with a visit.

Westons Cider – For a great family day out join a tour and sample our ciders and perries free (adults only), visit the Courtyard Garden, Tea Room, Shire Horse Dray Rides, Farm Park, Childrens’ Playground, Shop and the Scrumpy House Restaurant.

Wobage Makers Gallery – Nine makers at Wobage exhibit their work in the gallery along with pots from France. Pieces include salt and soda ceramics, porcelain, earthenware, furniture, carved mirrors and jewellery. Three special exhibitions are held a year.

Symonds Yat:

Amazing Hedge Puzzle – This traditional hedge maze is great fun for everyone. Find your way to the Temple at the centre, play hide’n’seek and tag! There is a puzzle shop and a fascinating museum of mazes.

Inspire2Adventure – Inspire offer a wide range of outdoor adventure activities suitable for all ages aimed at families, groups, hen and stag parties. Activities available include: gorge scrambling, canoeing, mountain biking, climbing and abseiling, hill walking and orienteering. Half, full or multi-day. Pre-booking is essential.

Kingfisher Cruises – Cruise for 40 minutes on the River Wye through the beautiful Wye Valley from Symonds Yat East.

Summit Mountaineering – Hill walking and rock climbing activities at Symonds Yat, the Wye Valley and the Brecon Beacons. Using a unique range of activities we deliver just the right amount of challenge and fun to suit all ages and abilities. Adventure guaranteed.

Symonds Yat Canoe Hire Ltd – Hire single kayaks 2/3/4 person. Canadian canoes & transport up river. Hourly/Half day/Full day. Longer trips also available.

Wye Canoes – Let Wye Canoes show you how to experience the wonders of the beautiful River Wye. With 2, 3 or 4 person Canadian Canoes, paddle this fantastic river at your leisure. Contact us for more details.

Wye Pursuits Canoe Hire Ltd – Welcome to Wye Pursuits! Canoe & kayak hire, Outdoor Activities! Families, Schools, Groups, Corporate, Stag & Hen! You have come to the right place if you are looking for a fun safe adventure in the beautiful Wye Valley!!!!!

Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo – Walk with butterflies as you explore the incredible and beautiful world of these wonderful creatures. This safari is for everyone with an interest in the environment, and has some wonderful photographic opportunities, come and see!

Wye Valley Miniature Golf – Play this new twelve hole miniature course, amongst the fantasy ruins of a picturesque Roman villa. Will you beat par? Half price admission with ticket holders for Amazing Hedge Puzzle or Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo.


Lower Pen-y-Clawdd Farm Fishery – Lower Pen-y-clawdd Farm Fishery, easy access A40. Stephens Pool for pleasure, Wagtail Pool for matches. Toilet facilities & adjacent parking.

Monmouth Canoe & Activity Centre – Canoe and kayak hire on the River Wye. Families and large groups welcomed including the dog. Qualified instruction available. AALA licensed centre for U18s including rock climbing, abseiling, raft building and caving.

Monmouth Leisure Centre – Monmouth Leisure Centre is situated on the edge of Monmouth town on the comprehensive school campus, facilities include swimming pool, sports hall, fitness suite, aerobics classes, squash courts, astro turf pitch and dedicated customer free parking.

The Shire Hall – The Shire Hall in Monmouth, historic attraction, open daily for audio tours of the historic courtrooms, Tourist information Service and for hosting private events and functions. Public events programme throughout the year. Licensed for weddings and public entertainment.


BattleSports Glos – Outdoor Laser Combat Missions on Multi-Acre Battlefield. Latest technology replica weapons. High adrenaline yet pain free (no projectiles). 1 hour to all day missions. Families (age7+), Adult Groups, Birthdays, Stag/Hen, Corporate, Mobile. Open all year. Separate Airsoft Campaigns.

Chessgrove Shooting School – Chessgrove Shooting School provides shooting tuition for novices or regular shooters. We cater for stag, hen and birthday parties. Come and visit us for a fun morning or afternoon’s clay shooting whatever your ability.

Cinderford Rugby Club – Cinderford RFC is in the top 40 Rugby clubs in the UK. Come watch and let us entertain you and cheer along with the 100s of home crowd supporters, whilst enjoying a view of the Forest of Dean from pitchside.

Country Garden Centre & Peppers Cafe – The area’s leading centre. Set in picturesque countryside with a beautiful planteria stocked with rare, unusual & specimen plants. To inspire, view our show beds, borders, waterfalls & ponds. Peppers cafe on site offering refreshments, snacks & hot meals.

Crooked End Farm – – At our family run farm we’re passionate about raising good, honest, organic food. Our on site shop features our eggs, lamb, pork & bacon, great sausages, delicious fruit and vegetables in season and selected local produce.

Dick Whittington Farm Park – Award winning farm park. Indoor play barn and outdoor activity zone. Farm animals, pets, aquarium and ant rooms. Dick Whittington Exhibition, tractor and trailer rides. Excellent for families with toddlers to 10 year olds.

Forest Leisure Cinderford – The Leisure Centre is conveniently situated in Cinderford and benefits from free car parking. Facilities include swimming pool, sports hall, gymnasium & squash courts. The site is also home to Splinters youth centre and the fantastic Forest Fitness Centre which specialises in rehabilitation programmes.

Have No Sphere – Have no sphere, the exciting activity of sphereing, adrenalin seekers are either strapped into the sphere or thrown in with 2 buckets of water for an amazing experience of travelling at 30mph down a hill.

Littledean Jail – This former house of correction, police station and courthouse is proud to be a most unorthodox, historical visitor attraction. Home of the infamous CRIME THROUGH TIME MUSEUM and the largest collection of QUADROPHENIA memorabilia.

Palace Cinema – Friendly, independent cinema, one of the oldest in the country, is open 7 days per week; We have two screens with Dolby Digital projectors showing the latest films, plus a few golden oldies.

Ripping Yarns – Knitting, beading and sewing supplies in a lovely old style store. Browsers always welcome. Car Park opposite shop. Town centre location tucked in behind the cinema.

Smarts Traditional Cheesemaking – Hand made cheese making can be seen Tuesdays and Thursdays. Home cured bacon and hand made sausages including gluten free also available.


Dean Forest Railway – A magical 9 mile trip through the medieval forest to Parkend with steam trains and some heritage diesel services. Free parking, cafeteria, museum and gift shop at the station. Pay once – ride all day!

Elton Carp Lake – Our lake has some carp over 20lb (ghost carp and some barbel) but is still suitable for the beginner. Open for day tickets to everyone. Easy access around the lake by car if required. The lakes are a lovely place to visit for a days fishing. £7 a day for two rods and £5 for concessions.

Forest Guild Gift and Antique Shop – Gifts Crafts and Antiques Shop – Inside the shop’s timber framed walls is a surprising wealth of gifts, from local crafts to top brands – ceramics, jewellery, woodturning, toys, antiques and curios with a selection of windsor chairs and much more.

Forest Leisure Lydney – Situated in Lydney, The Forest of Deans largest Fitness Centre. Facilities include swimming pool, gym, sports hall, fitness suite, tennis & squash. Ample Free Car Parking.

Lydney Park Spring Gardens-Roman Temple Site – Fine formal gardens. Beautiful rhododendron and azalea gardens. Important Roman Temples Site. Museums and teas.

Redhill Extreme – Mountain biking & boarding centre, tracks and jumps. Boarders – tuition, hire and ride. Minimum age 8 yrs.

Taurus Crafts – Vibrant art and craft centre with art studios. Craft units. Working pottery. Design led gift shop. Organic delicatessen. Licensed wholefood restaurant. Function room. Programme of activities & art exhibitions.