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Mothers Day Offers Forest of Dean

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Mothers Day in the Forest of Dean Lodges

Mothers Day Forest of Dean 2018

Celebrate Mothers Day in Forest of Dean lodges

Mothers Day in the UK falls on Sunday March 11th

We all celebrate the day but do we know anything about it? Mothers Day and its traditions stretch back to 1908. A simple of Google will give you the details, should you be interested to know the history of Mother’s Day. I “borrowed” this, just in case.

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family. As well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world. The most commonly in the months of March or May.

I took a look at the main Wikipedia article on Mothers Day and I was amazed at how little I knew about it. I thought this was some long held pagan holiday but, as usual, I was wrong.

We have a lady called Anna Jarvis to thank for Mother’s Day, she held a memorial to her mother in St Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. This is the very same place you will find the International Mother’s Day Shrine.

That’s the history lesson over with. But it is nice to know these facts. After all; one never knows when one will be asked a Mother’s Day related question in a pub quiz, does one?

Mothers Day Celebrations Forest of Dean

Now, the lovely people at Forest of Dean Lodges, which are in Coleford, Gloucestershire, they have asked me to tell all who will listen that Mother’s Day in the Forest of Dean is a superb way to treat mum.

Not only is it a beautiful place for a holiday but the Forest of Dean Lodges also have mini-breaks, health and fitness breaks. There are couples breaks and a range of other long term and short term breaks and stays.

While your staying in one of these Forest of Dean lodges or cottages, you can also pop down to the Designed for Beauty Salon and treat your mother to a makeover or some other great beauty treatments they have available.

Imagine your mum’s face when you she pulls up to a Forest Retreat that also offers Spa and Beauty treatments?

There is a special Mother’s Day package that cost a miserable £37.50 consisting of a Hot Tub, Hydrating Hands and Fabulous Feet.

That beats the hell out of a bunch of flowers and costs about the same.

Treat your mum like a queen this Mother’s Day, take her to the Royal Forest of Dean.

2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup

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When is the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup?

Cheltenham Gold Cup 2018

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is very popular and finding accommodation can be a real challenge.

The 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup will be held on Friday 16th of March. As we all know, this is the day before St. Patrick’s Day. So, you can expect a happy weekend from those Irish jockeys.

You may know, or not know, that the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup will be held not very from our Forest of Dean Lodges in Coleford. A quick look on Google maps will show you how close we are to Cheltenam. 27.3 miles from Coleford in the Forest of Dean to the Cheltenam racecourse. You can be there in well under an hour by car.

The 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup

According to our friends at Wikipedia, the Cheltenam Gold Cup is the highlight of the Cheltenham Festival.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a Grade 1 National Hunt horse race run on the New Course at Cheltenham Racecourse in England, over a distance of 3 miles 2½ furlongs (5,331 m), and during its running there are 22 fences to be jumped. The race is scheduled to take place each year during the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Horse Racing is a very popular sport, after all, it is the “Sport of Kings” and HM Queen is a great patron. The Cheltenam Festival is a very popular event and accommodation can be hard to find.

Our Forest of Dean Lodges at Coleford make it ideal for this sporting event. We are far enough away to avoid mass crowds and traffic but close enough to attend the festival on a daily basis. This way, you get the best of both worlds.

Over the 4 days of the Cheltenham Festival, there are expected to be over 260,000 visitors. As you can imagine, the accommodation will not hang around.

For this reason alone, check out our Forest of Dean accommodation and book yourself in for the whole of the festival. Nobody likes to miss out on this fantastic sporting event. You might also want to stay longer and celebrate St. Patrick’s day in the Forest of Dean as well. You are more than welcome.

WALES SCHOOL HOLIDAY DATES 2018

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SCHOOL HOLIDAY DATES 2018

School holiday dates Wales 2018 Forest of Dean Lodges

School holiday dates are very important dates to know. Just ask any school kid.

Wales School Holiday dates are very important dates. Who says so? well, the school kids for a start.

There has been arguments over many years about taking children out of school for holidays during the term. This can lead to prosecution, in some cases. There have even been long, drawn out, court cases where parents have challenged the policy of taking their children out of school during official school terms.

Parents who are going abroad for their holidays face hikes in prices for foreign travel. Sometimes the prices are hiked so high, people can’t afford a trip abroad during the summer holiday breaks. This leads to some decisions that are conflicting with the law.

So, it is important to plan ahead. Check out the school holiday breaks for Wales and then check out our Royal Forest of Dean Lodges for those periods. Plan ahead and book ahead, that way you won’t be disappointed.

School Holiday Periods 2018

  • February (spring) half term 9 Feb – 23 Feb 2018
  • Easter holiday 23 Mar – 13 Apr 2018
  • Summer half term 25 May – 1 June 2018
  • Summer holiday 20 July – 3 Sept 2018
  • October half term 19 Oct – 4 Nov 2018
  • Christmas and New Year 2018-1921  Dec – 2 Jan 2019

Bank Holidays 2018

  • 30 March 2018 – Good Friday
  • 2 April 2018 – Easter Monday
  • 7 May 2018 – May Day
  • 28 May 2018 – Spring Bank Holiday
  • 27 Aug 2018 – Summer Bank Holiday

There are many links from where you can get information on school holidays 2018. here, for example, is another great website that parents will find helpful when planning their Forest holidays.

Often, you may find variations in school holidays from county to county and country to country. The great thing about the Internet is access of information.

If you live in Scotland and Northern Ireland, you will need to check with your local council for holiday terms. There is a government website for England and Wales that has a post code search for school holiday terms. Follow this link.

Chinese New Year 2018

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Chinese New Year 2018 – Year of the Dog

Chinese New Year 2018, Year of the Dog Zodiac sign

Which animal in the Chinese Zodiac are you? 2018 is the year of the Dog.

Chinese New Year 2018 is the Year of the Dog. I, myself, am a Rooster, or so I am told. What sign of the Chinese Zodiac are you? Check it out from this website.

The Chinese New Year starts when? Good question that. Chinese New Year ranges from January 21 to February 20. In 2018, it occurs on February 16. I found a fantastic website that tells you everything you would ever want to know about Chinese New Year.

The Royal Forest of Dean is a great place to celebrate Chinese New Year. Come to think of it, Forest of Dean Lodges is a great place to celebrate anything. Live in comfort and beautiful surroundings whilst you help our Chinese friends welcome in the new year.

Forest of Dean Lodges are available all year round and you are always most welcome.

Where to Celebrate Chinese New Year?

You need not worry about missing out on the delicious Chinese food when you come to stay with us in our Forest of Dean Lodges in Coleford. We have several great places serving traditional Chinese cuisine. Ho Wah Court, White Horse, Hong Kong House and Lucky’s Chinese all serve great Chinese food.

AS is normal for this Blog, we have found a great website to give you the information you need. Check out the Chinese restaurants and takeaways from the Travel site Tripadvisor.

You can choose where you eat, or, if you prefer, you can get your Chinese meal delivered to your lodge and enjoy Chinese New Year there.

We look forward to seeing you here, in Coleford, for the Year of The Dog and we hope you will enjoy staying in our beautiful lodges. Contact us at any time to book your own Forest of Dean Lodge for Chinese New Year 2018.

Forest of Dean St. Valentines Day

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Forest of Dean St Valentines Day – Treat Somebody Special

St. Valentines Day 2018

Treat somebody you love to a very special St. Valentines Day 2018.

St. Valentines Day 2018 in the Forest of Dean is something special. When is St. Valentines day? February 14th is that day in question.

Every year, people all over the world celebrate St Valentines day in all manner of weird and wonderful ways. Some people send flowers, others send chocolates, some send both. There are thousands of ways to celebrate this lovely day and we at Forest of Dean Lodges in Coleford would like to lend a helping hand.

Did you know; Second only to Christmas, St. Valentines Day sells most cards? Over 160 million cards worldwide. Just imagine that?

The History of St. Valentines Day

As with many other traditions, St. Valentine is as much a half myth, half truth concoction. The Catholic Church has at least three St. Valentines or variations on the name.

One story goes that the emperor Claudius II, a third century ruler of the Roman empire outlawed marriages. He though single men made better fighters. Wives and families were therefore not the order of the day for young warriors.

The legend has it that a priest called valentine thought this unjust and continued to perform marriages. Claudius didn’t like this one bit and so had him bumped off.

More about St. Valentine

Another legend has St. Valentine as a person who helped prisoners escape from jails were they were tortured and beaten. He was of course caught and banged up himself. According to the legend, Valentine sent the first message himself. This was, allegedly to the jailers daughter. It was signed “from your Valentine”. This is the message that is used to this very day.

There are more stories of this kind. One reason for the event being held in the middle of February is, so I am told, down to the Catholic church. According to whoever, the church wanted to persuade pagans from their wicked ways. So, putting St. Valentines day smack bang in the middle of a pagan festival seemed to be a great idea.

While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus. Read more on this topic.

Mind you; St Valentines Day has not always been linked to peace, love and understanding. Oh no! During the time of a certain Al Capone, Circa 1929, there was a memorable “rub out” performed in Chicago. 5 members of Bugs Moran’s North Side gang and two associates were gunned down by other gangsters posing as policemen.

Nobody was ever caught and the “St. Valentines Day Massacre” has since become as synonymous with the 14th of February ans the love machine from the time of Claudius II.

Forest of Dean Lodges – Romantic Lodges and Cabins

The Royal Forest of Dean is a beautiful and romantic setting. Don’t take my word for it, ask anyone who has ever been. There is no such thing as going “over the top” when it comes down to showing your appreciation for somebody. Flowers and chocolates are a great idea but what about a break?

Imagine a romantic weekend or even a week in the most beautiful part of the UK. We have the lodges and cottages, as well as the staff that will make your St. Valentines Day extra special. Contact us today and book yourself one of our luxury lodges.

If you would like more information, then we are ready and available to help you at any time. We look forward to seeing you and your extra special “other half” at Coleford, Forest of Dean.

Forest of Dean Half Marathon 2018

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 Forest of Dean Spring Trails Half Marathon 2018

Royal Forest of Dean Half marathon

Forest of Dean Half Marathon event Spring 2018. This is a very well supported even that is held in the Spring and Autumn. The Forest of Dean has got to be the most beautiful place to hold a marathon event.

There is a website available that will give you all the information you need to participate. Then again, some folk, like myself, are more the “observer” type. My running years are behind me. Well, for something as far as that, anyway.

Forest of Dean Marathon; Race Overview

This Spring Trails Half Marathon is run in the Forest of Dean at the end of March, using the same organization (but a different course) as the Autumn event. Starting on the road adjacent to the Speech House Hotel in the heart of the forest, the course then leaves the road to follow a loop of well maintained forest trails (with gentle inclines) before eventually leading back to the Speech House Hotel for the finish.

This annual event is organised by The Rotary Club of the Royal Forest of Dean and supported by the Forestry Commission. Proceeds are used to support charities, both locally and nationally.

We are very grateful for the involvement and support of a host of individual volunteers, together with a number of local organisations who make this event successful; including the Forestry Commission, the Speech House Hotel and the Forest of Dean Motor Club.

If you wish to run in the Royal Forest of Dean Half marathon, you can register your name here.

It matters not if you are a runner or watcher, there are places available st our Forest of Dean Lodges. Relax in comfort, spend a few days with us, or longer, and enjoy the events. We have a varied amount of breaks available. Weekend and health Spa, couples breaks, Yoga and holistic breaks.

Check out the main website and see what we have available for you. Contact us for more information or to book. Remember though; Book now to ensure you get your Lodge.

Forest of Dean Triathlon 2018

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Forest of Dean Triathlon 2018 – Get involved

There are many things to do in the Royal Forest of Dean and Triathlon 2018 is one of them. You don’t have to compete in the triathlon, you can always be a spectator, its just as much fun but less work.

Triathlon 2018 Forest of Dean

Run, Cycle, Swim or just relax and watch the sport.

What is a Triathlon?

A triathlon is a multi-discipline sport that consists of running, swimming and cycling. It is definitely not for the faint-hearted and the participants are well rehearsed athletes. They will have been practicing for this race, since the day after the last race.

For those who want to compete in this great annual event, there are different age groups, sections and pr¡ces, a visit to the main website hosting the Forest of Dean Triathlon will furnish you with all the information you will need.

There are events for the Olympic distance and the Sprint Distance, these are held on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Olympic Distance 1500m Swim/44k Bike/10k Run _ Sunday

Sprint Distance 750m Swim/22k Bike/5k Run – Saturday

The Swim is an open water swim of 750m or 1500m in the beautiful forest lake. The bike is a road bike circuit and the run is a forest gravel trail run.

Waves will start at 9.00 am and will be in categories open male, females & veterans 

A great event for your first go at triathlon or a fantastic venue for a good race. 

There are prizes that will be awarded for open categories, vets (over 40’s) and super vets (over 50’s)

What will you be doing?

Are you an athlete? Do you want to partake i the Forest of Dean Triathlon 2018? Why not mix sport with pleasure and book into one of our Forest of Dean lodges or cottages. Relax before and after the race and use the time to visit one of the most beautiful places ion the UK.

If you are coming to the Royal Forest of Dean to watch the 2018 Triathlon, then what better way to do it. Book in for the weekend or a week or even two weeks. We have some fantastic breaks to offer you. Relax and enjoy everything we have to offer and witness a great weekend of sport.