What’s on in the Forest of Dean?

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What’s on in the Forest of Dean?

What’s on in the Forest of Dean in July – Poetry

Forest of Dean Poetry

Poetry. That’s correct, poetry. Now I know when you think about the Royal Forest of Dean, the first thing that springs to mind is, well, FOREST? That’s all well and good but you need more to do than walk around the forest, no matter how utterly beautiful it is.

At any given time of the year, there is always something to do or see in the Forest of Dean. July is no exception. One of the best ways to keep up with what’s going on is to check out the many websites. My favourite has to be 

The Wye Dean Tourism website has up-to-date information on all events going on in and around the Wye Valley area and Forest of Dean. That is where I found out about poetry. According to the Wye Dean Tourism site;

The Ledbury Poetry Festival takes place over ten days each July. We are the biggest and best poetry festival in the UK, featuring poets from all over the world. If you think you know what poetry is, come along and we’ll surprise you. There are live readings, performances, workshops, open mics, music, exhibitions, films, family events, street events, a slam and much more. 2019 is our twenty third year – join us for a celebration of poetry in the rural heartland of England. See More

There is also a free download of the programme of events. The event started on the 8th of July and carries through to the 14th of July. There will be familiar faces as well as new faces. New poetry and classic poetry.

What a wonderful way to enjoy a day out. There is so much more to see and do when you stay at the Forest of Dean Lodges at Coleford. A quick browse through the Wye Dean website will give you some great ideas for your holiday. The added bonus is that you can bring your pets with you. We are pet-friendly.

We hope you enjoy the poetry.

Coleford Music Festival July 2019

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The Coleford Music Festival is held on the 13th and 14th of July 2019

Coleford Music Festival 2019

Forest of Dean is similar in some ways to the rest of the UK when it comes to summertime. There is music in the air.

Every summer in July, Coleford hosts its own music festival in the town centre. You will be treated to Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk and much more besides.

A music festival really lets you know that summer is here. This is an added treat to anyone staying in the Forest of Dean lodges and cabins at Coleford. Not only have you got a fantastic forest with all of its outdoor activities and pastimes. You also have a great event to look forward to.

The CMF19 (Coleford Music Festival 2019) is free entry. The festival relies on donations to help stage the event.

Coleford Music Festival is funded through some grants, fundraising and sponsorship but we rely heavily on the generous donations and support of people like you to raise the money required to stage the Festival every year.
We really need your help now and for future festivals.
Without your donations, our festival wouldn’t be possible.
So, thank you, in advance for any help you can give!

There is a Facebook page to help you keep up with what will be happening. Please pay them a visit and say ‘hello!?

Coleford Music Festival 2019

You will also see a list of up and coming events staged in and around Colford. If you ‘Like’ the CMF Facebook page, it will help you to keep up with all the great events and information. We hope you have a great time at CMF19 and look forward to seeing your photographs. If you want, we would even be interested in your thoughts regarding this event.

Forest of Dean Events June 2019

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Forest of Dean Events June 2019

There are plenty of events in the Forest of Dean in June

Events Forest of DeanJune 2019


What events are there in the Forest of Dean in June? The great news is, there are plenty of events to keep you occupied.

The Forest of Dean is an excellent venue for your holidays, at any time of the year. The Forest of Dean is as beautiful in the winter as it is in the summer. Likewise, Spring and Autumn.

The usual activities, such as hiking, birdwatching, cycling and other activities can be supplemented. Thanks to the Internet, finding things to do on your Forest holiday is quite easy. Nonetheless, we have a few links for you that we think you may find very interesting.

One such site is Forestry England.

This Forestry website is excellent for information on the Forest of Dean and other locations. For instance; in June 2019, you can go and enjoy the following:

Forest Bathing.

Shinrin-yoku (or forest bathing) means ‘bathing’ all the senses, whilst walking slowly in the forest. When taking in the forest atmosphere like this, the brain naturally switches off from the ‘sustained directed attention’ of life’s daily pressures. Shinrin-yoku is restorative, both mentally and physically, like a bath.

Shinrin-yoku is a slow practice, involving walking; probably no more than 2km whilst taking in the forest atmosphere. As the season’s change, so does the weather, the quality of light, movement of air and animal life in the woodland. By bathing our senses in the forest we’re tapping into its natural rhythms. Buy tickets.

Bowl Carving

Have you ever fancied turning your own wooden bowls? If so, here is a great opportunity to do so. Learn to carve a beautiful wooden bowl using hand tools out of local green hardwood.  At the end of the day, you take home a functional bowl handcrafted by your own hands Buy tickets.

Woodturning on the pole lathe

Basics in woodturning, you will cover sharpening techniques, drilling on the lathe and parting off techniques.

Furthermore, you’ll discuss and learn finishing techniques to then take a hand made items home with you. With guidance from our tutors, you will gain hands-on experience throughout the course. Buy tickets.

That should do you for starters. The Forest of Dean has a diverse amount of shows, cultural events, countryside events as well as your normal range of entertainments. However, why not try our hand out and make something yourself. What a fantastic keepsake for your Forest Holiday.

Whats on in Gloucester January 2019

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Whats on in Gloucester January 2019

Events in the Forest of Dean and Gloucester January 2019

Aladdin at the Gloucester Everyman

Forest of Dean Lodges are a fantastic way to enjoy a true British holiday at home. The Forest of Dean, Wye Valley and Gloucester are right on your doorstep.

Winter in the Forest of Dean is a beautiful time of year, all the more better if you get a covering of snow. It is real picture postcard stuff.

There is more to a Forest Holiday than the forest itself, although for some pèople, this is more than enough. There is the beautiful Wye Valley and Gloucester areas that you can go and enjoy, using the Forest Lodges at Coleford as a base.

There is always something on, something to see or do. So, what’s on in January 2019?

Events January 2019 Gloucester

Of course, with it being the start of the New Year, there are still plenty of festive shows and pantomimes still running in and about the Forest area. For example, Aladdin at the Everyman Theatre, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Bacon Theatre and also musicals such as Elton John tribute, Just So Musical as wellas Simon and Garfunkel shows, to name a few.

Other events happening in January are the Gloucester Cajun and Zydeco festival. A mixture of fantastic music and dancing from Europe’s longest running Cajun and Zydeco festival.

Zydeco is a music genre that evolved in southwest Louisiana by French Creole speakers which blends blues, rhythm and blues, and music indigenous to the Louisiana Creoles and the Native people of Louisiana.Wikipedia
There is so much going on all througout the year that it would be wise to bookmarkk this website.
The Explore Gloucestershire website will give you bags of information on events and forthcoming attractions all over the Forest of Dean, Wye Valley and Gloucester area.
Book your winter break with us at the Forest of Dean Lodges at Coleford and enjoy as real winter holiday; you can brings the dogs with you as well, we are pet friendly.

Forest of Dean Weddings 2019

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Forest of Dean Weddings 2019

Forest of Dean Weddings 2019

Forest of Dean Weddings

How romantic a location can you get? Forest of Dean Weddings. Thanks to Capture This Moment


Having a wedding in the Forest of Dean in 2019 sounds really wonderful. Its something that is becoming ever more popular, especially with people who are on the side of mother earth and those who want something more historically traditional.

OK, having your “normal” wedding is cool, the church/ registrar, wedding dress, suited and booted grooms. But, “a special day” is a really a special day and a little imagination can go a long way.

What got me onto this line of thought was the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markel. I was out to tell the world and his wife all about the Forest of Dean Lodges at Coleford and how it would be a fantastic weekend to book in and watch the wedding from there, in great style and comfort.

It was then that it dawned on me that Forest Of Dean Lodges had nothing on the website about wedding receptions, services or Forest of Dean honeymoons.

So, I did a little bit of research on Google and was astonished to find that the weddings ceremony in the forest of Dean was very popular and that there were many places offering weddings services,wedding receptions and even honeymoons in Dean Forest.

Can you host a wedding at Forest of Dean Lodges in Coleford?

Weddings in the Forest of Dean

As elegant as any church isle and a Clematis covered Pergola for your service.


Yes! Of course, was the answer From Erica Hastings, the owner of Forest of Dean Lodges in Coleford. When I explained what I had in mind, Erica told me she would send me all the information I need. I will update this post as soon as I get that.

Meanwhile, while I have my thinking hat on, there is, in Coleford, a company that goes by the name of Designed for Beauty, they can do the hair, make-up, tanning and anything else you could think of that goes into the mix for that perfect wedding.

Other Forest of Dean Weddings venues

  • Bells Hotel. Lords Hill, Coleford.
  • Blaisdon Hall.
  • Clearwell Castle.
  • Forest Hills Golf Club.
  • Perrygrove Railway.
  • The Belfry Hotel.
  • The Speech House Hotel.
  • The Wilderness Centre.

If you are planning to have your destination wedding in the Forest of Dean, then why not contact us and see what we can offer you. For those who don’t know what a ‘Destination wedding’ is; A destination wedding is a ceremony held more than 100 miles from the brides home.

You must have seen or even heard of people going to far flung places to get married? well, that is called a destination wedding and the Forest of Dean is as exotic a place to get married as anywhere outside the UK.

Before you make any hard decisions, please, speak to Forest of Dean Lodges and see what we can arrange for your special day.

Registration Office & Licences

The legal side of a wedding day is the job of the Gloucestershire Registration Services. These are the people who can help and advise you with the legal requirements for weddings and other official events.

Gloucester Registration Services have a great FAQ’s page on their website that dals with th most often asked questions. So, if there is something you need to know, check out the FAQ’s page first.

If that doesn’t get what you are looking for, there is a Help & Advice page. If all else fails, you can contact them via email or telephone. For the Forest of Dean Registration office at Cinderford, you can contact them here.

Mothers Day Offers Forest of Dean 2019

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Mothers Day Offers Forest of Dean 2019

Mothers Day in the Forest of Dean Lodges

Mothers Day Forest of Dean 2018

Celebrate Mothers Day in Forest of Dean lodges

Mothers Day UK falls on Sunday March 31st

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 2019

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?

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 far from our Forest of Dean Lodges in Coleford. A quick look on Google maps will show you how close we are to Cheltenham. 27.3 miles from Coleford in the Forest of Dean to the Cheltenham racecourse. You can be there in well under an hour by car.

The 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup

According to our friends at Wikipedia, the Cheltenham 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 Cheltenham 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.


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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 2019

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Forest of Dean St. Valentines Day 2019

Forest of Dean St Valentines Day – Treat Somebody Special

St. Valentines Day 2019

Treat somebody you love to a very special St. Valentines Day 2019.

St. Valentines Day 2019 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 Valentine’s 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 where 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 jailer’s 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.

St Valentine’s Day in modern culture

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 and 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.