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Saint Valentine’s Day Breaks in the Forest of Dean

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Saint Valentine’s Day Breaks in the Forest of Dean

Saint Valentine’s Day Breaks in the Forest of Dean

All The Romance of Dean Forest For That Very Special Day. Book Now!

Saint Valentine'S Day 2020, Valentine, St Valentin, Kiss

Saint Valentine’s day is special to many millions of people. However, not many people know the real story of this most famous of saints.

Who was Saint Valentine?

Saint Valentine was a widely recognized 3rd-century Roman saint, commemorated in Christianity on February 14. From the High Middle Ages, his Saints’ Day is associated with a tradition of courtly love. There are two different Saints’ Lives for a St Valentine on February 14, but they are probably the same man. It is said that the Emporer Claudius II had a man called Valentine arrested in 270 AD.

Known to all as Claudius the Cruel, the Emporer had to maintain a large army. However, the Romans of the day were reluctant to join the Legions of Rome and Claudius and his advisors thought the reason for this lack of interest lay in the reluctance of men to leave their wives and sweethearts behind and go fighting abroad.

So, to solve this problem, Claudius decreed that all marriages and engagements in Rome were to be banned. However, Valentine, a holy priest, decided he would defy the decree and carried on performing marriage services. As you might imagine, Claudius the Cruel was not impressed. The prefect of Rome ordered the arrest and imprisonment of Valentine and that he be put to death by clubbing and then beheading.

Whilst imprisoned, the legend has it that Valentine fell in love with the warder’s daughter and, before he was put to death, he wrote her a farewell love letter which he signed ‘Frome your Valentine’. And so, a legend was born and lovers have celebrated February 14th and the holy priest Valentine who was made a saint by the Roman Catholic Church. See more

Book a lodge, cabin or cottage

The Forest of Dean is a romantic setting at any time of the year. Book yourself one of our lodges, cabins or cottages for St. Valentines Day, or, better still, the whole week. There is a great assortment of breaks available from Forest of Dean Lodges, check out the main website pages for full details. Be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.

Self-Catering family holidays in the Forest of Dean

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Self-Catering family holidays in the Forest of Dean

Self-catering lodges make fantastic holidays in the Forest of Dean

Self-catering pet-friendly holidays in the Forest of Dean

 

Were are now truly into 2020 and it will soon be time to book our self-catering holidays in the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley area of Monmouthshire. Why go self-catering? Why the Forest of Dean and not the Costa del Sol or other places? There are many reasons.

  • Freedom of movement. You are not tied to any hotel or resort itinerary, so, you can please yourself where and when you eat. This also allows you to venture further afield as you have no need to return to base for a set time.
  • Pet-friendly. Forest of Dean Lodges at Coleford are pet-friendly self-catering lodges and cottages. Your pets are as welcome as you are, and we make sure they are just as comfortable. Bringing your pet with you saves a lot on kennel fees, which, in some cases, can be substantive. Also, it is much better for your pet not being separated from you and you, from them.
  • You can plan your holiday. With a self-catering, pet-friendly cottage or lodge, you can plan ahead. Doing this gives you more time to see and do the things that are most interesting to you and you save time by knowing in advance where and when you will be going places and what you will be getting up to.
  • Price: Hotels and resorts can be expensive. All-inclusive even more so. Add to that the cost of pet accommodation and you are starting to feel the financial pinch.
  • Ambience. Because the Forest of Dean Lodges, cottages and cabins is not a huge company, we have more time for our guests. You get the same high-quality service but with a more personal touch.
  • UK destination. Being in the UK, you don’t have hundreds of miles to travel, unless you are visiting from abroad. Travelling abroad involves flights and other expensive and time-consuming variables. Less time travelling to your destination means more time enjoying being on holiday.

Booking your Forest of Dean lodges, cabins or cottages is a simple matter of going to the main pages and checking the availability and prices. From there you can send an email or call us directly to secure the time and accommodation you want. We are always available to help, should you need it. Also, if there is any other information you require, we will be delighted to help where we can.

Please, be aware that the Forest of Dean is a very popular UK holidays destination and so booking your lodge or cabin early is a great idea. You can book at any time for any week of the year.

We look forward to your visit and we hope you have a fantastic 2020.

 

4,000-year-old monument discovered in the Forest of Dean

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4,000-year-old monument discovered in the Forest of Dean

A 4,000-year-old ritual monument in the Forest of Dean

 

Just when you think that the Forest of Dean has no more surprises; you get another surprise. It has well been known that the Forest of Dean is a very special place, both culturally, historically and archaeologically.

A 4,000-year-old ritual monument has been discovered hidden in the Forest of Dean.

The Bronze Age ring cairn is made up of ten small standing stones on top of a raised bank in a woodland enclosure near Tidenham in Gloucestershire.

It is believed to be the only site of its type in the area, according to Jon Hoyle, an archaeologist working for the county council. He first spotted the ring when examining the results of a survey of the forest using an airborne laser scan in 2006.

The ring cairn is about 25m (80ft) in diameter and made up of a 5m-wide (16ft) rubble bank, with at least 10 white limestone standing stones, each no more than 1m (3ft) high, standing on top.

What makes this particular cairn so special is that, although common in other areas, this is the first to be discovered in the Gloucestershire area.

Bronze age Forest of Dean

The Bronze Age

The Stone Age is considered to have begun about two million years ago and ended sometime after the end of the last ice age about ten thousand years ago. The Bronze Age in ancient China started around 1700 BCE. This is when men learned how to mine copper and tin to make bronze weapons.

Bronze Age Britain is an era of British history that spanned from c. 2500 until c. 800 BC. Lasting for approximately 1,700 years, it was preceded by the era of Neolithic Britain and was in turn followed by the period of Iron Age Britain.

 

You can see more of this story via the BBC

Profhilo Anti-Ageing Treatments – Aqualyx Fat Reduction Treatments

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Profhilo Anti-Ageing Treatments – Aqualyx Fat Reduction Treatments

Aqualyx & Profhilo Treatments Forest Oasis

Aqualyx fat reductions jabs

Aqualyx Fat Reduction Treatments – What is Aqualyx?

 

If you were told that you could Pee your fat out, what would you think of that?

There is on the market a new method of fat-reduction. This controversial Aqualyx jab claims to remove stubborn fat bulges in 15 mins! Imagine that?

Aqualyx Users Opinions

Only after the most traditional methods had failed to rid make-up artist Beth Thomas of her flabby stomach did she resort to this controversial, quick-fix jab Aqualyx.

So impressed by the Aqualyx Jab was this lady that she’s urging others to do the same and praising the method from the rooftops.

 

About Aqualyx Fat Reduction Jabs

Aqualyx injection is a controversial new slimming method that promises to dissolve fat cells, allowing dieters to pass them out of their bodies when they urinate.

This new non-surgical treatment called Aqualyx claims to be a safe and effective alternative to liposuction. As you can imagine, 1 jab wouldn’t take long to administer as opposed to the time taken with other methods.

 

London resident Beth Thomas, 23, was one of the first women to try it.

She forked out £750 to have the fat-zapping treatment, which promises to “remove stubborn areas of unwanted fat and stop it coming back,” on her stomach after conventional diet and exercise methods failed.

Beth had three sessions during which a therapist injected the water solution into her stomach, to try and shift her stubborn belly rolls. See more.

If you are interested in Aqualyx treatments you can contact Designed for Beauty and speak to experts. You will also be delighted with the cost. There are many other treatments from Botox to Thread veins treatments. Designed For Beauty at Forest Oasis have a great range of Surgical and non-surgical treatments available.

Profhilo Anti-Ageing Treatments

Profhilo is an injectable anti-ageing treatment made from hyaluronic acid for skin that is losing its elasticity and firmness with age. It can be used on the face, neck, decollete, arms, hands and knees. It can be used on any part of your body where the skin shows visible signs of ageing.

What Is Profhilo Used For?

Profhilo Jabs

Profhilo beauty treatments

It can help to increase firmness and elasticity and promote healthier and softer-looking skin. Profhilo is most commonly used for facial areas, but can also be used to rejuvenating the neck, decollete, arms, knees and hands. Profhilo is injected just below the skin’s surface over 3 sessions 3 – 4 weeks apart. This a great procedure for sunken-eyes or dark shadows under the eyes.

Prohfilo or princess rich contains Hyaluronic acid. Once the skin is warm and it has penetrated into the skin using very small injections it spreads under the skin-replenishing and restoring the skin giving it a youthful look smoothing out wrinkles and blemishes.

Designed for Beaty at Forest Oasis have trained technicians trained in this and other beauty and health treatments. Please contact us if you would like more information on Aqualyx, Botox, Profhilo or any other surgical and non-surgical procedures.

Profhilo in London you would pay £395 per session we charge £200. 

Why do we consider Friday 13th to be an unlucky day?

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Why do we consider Friday 13th to be an unlucky day?

Why do we have a phobia about Friday 13th?

To many people, Friday the 13th is something to be very wary about. If something is going to go wrong, you can bet, it will happen on Friday, the thirteenth day of the month.

This isn’t true. Of course, it isn’t but many people would argue otherwise. But where did such a superstition come from? Why Friday? and why the thirteenth?

There are many stories concerning that day and that date. One such theory goes back to biblical times and the last supper. Legend has it that Judas Iscariot was the thirteenth guest at the last supper. This was held on a Thursday ( Maundy Thursday) and Jesus was taken away and crucified on Friday. Thus the 13th + Friday.

For the best explanation, we have to go back in time to France.

Why is Friday the 13th so unlucky?

The Knights Templar – who were they?

The Poor Fellow-Soldiers of Christ and of the Temple of Solomon, also known as the Order of Solomon’s Temple, the Knights Templar or simply the Templars, were a Catholic military order recognised in 1139 by the papal bull Omne datum optimum

What happened on Friday 13th 1307?

At dawn on Friday, October 13, 1307, scores of French Templars were simultaneously arrested by agents of King Philip of France, later to be tortured in locations such as the tower at Chinon, into admitting heresy and other sacrilegious offences in the Order. Then they were put to death.

Many reasons were given for the treachery of Philip and Pope Clement V. Money is thought to have been one factor. The Knights Templars were both soldiers and Monks, they were also bankers. It is taken as a matter of fact that the Templars invented what is, today’s modern banking system.

The Templars had accrued vast wealth over many years. They were originally formed to protect the pilgrims who visited the holy land.

After the Holy Land was re-conquered by Saladin, the Templars went into decline.

May rumours surrounded the order. One was that they worshipped the severed and preserved head of John the Baptist. Other ‘crimes’ they were arrested and tortured for included homosexual acts, spitting on the cross, treason and a number of other trumped-up charges.

In the end, they were mostly killed by being burned as heretics and traitors. Many were put to death in Paris.

What was the Templar Curse

The Grand Master of the Knights Templar Jaques de Molay was burnt at the stake. While burning on the pyre, De Molay cursed King Philip IV of France, his descendants, Pope Clement V, and everyone else who supported his death. De Molay said that within a year and a day, Clement V and Philip IV would die. He also said Philip’s bloodline would reign in France no more.

As it transpired, both Pope Clement and King Philip were dead soon after. Between 1314 and 1328 the three sons and grandsons of King Philip died, thus ending 300 years of the house of Caped.

As far as Friday the 13th superstition and paranoia go, I rather like the story of the Knights Templar. Mind you, people also avoid cracks in the pavement, walking under ladders, crossing a black cat and a list of other phobias.

There are many Knights Templar sites dotted around France and other European countries. A French nobleman Hugh de Payens visited England 1128 to raise men and money for the Crusade, thus was born the English Knights Templar.

The Templars and their sites can be seen in many English churches and placenames around England. If this has given you a taste for th Templar history, you find out more here.

Even nearer to home. If you are staying with us at the Forest of Dean Lodges in Coleford, you can find traces of the Knights Templar close by. Check out this great historical website.

Forest of Dean Autumn Breaks

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Forest of Dean Autumn Breaks
Forest of Dean Autumn Breaks

Forest of Dean Autumn Breaks – a great way to enjoy the season

Forest of Dean Autumn Breaks 2019. The Forest of Dean is beautiful in autumn. Let me correct that statement; the Forest of Dean is beautiful all year round.

Autumn is almost upon us and there is no better place for a short break, couples break, long weekend or even an autumn holiday, than the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.

The great thing about modern technology is the Internet and all its information. Searching Google or other search engines brings forth a wealth of useful information, videos and photographs of the Wye Valley and the forest.

I found one particular website that has an article dedicated to the best places to see in England. You can guess where these places are? I’ve borrowed some of the articles but you can read it in full by following the link below.

A hidden gem spanning England and Wales and the three counties of Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Monmouthshire, Wye Valley and Forest of Dean is beautiful any time of year but, in autumn, its rich landscape comes alive with spectacular colour.

One of the last ancient forests in the UK and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Forest of Dean, which is also the largest oak woodland, was the one-time hunting ground of Norman kings. With 20 million trees still sandwiched between the River Severn and the River Wye, the region also boasts a delightful dappling of picture-perfect villages, such as Newent and Cinderford, cosy pubs, countryside boltholes, stunning walks and historic landmarks making it an ideal place to get a taste of the best of Britain in the autumn. Full article.

Trees and plants in the Forest of Dean

There is nothing more beautiful than walking through Dean Forest in Autumn. The variety of trees and plants is amazing. So too is their ever-changing colours before they shed their leaves.

The ancient woodlands on the steeper slopes often have herb Paris, sanicle, sweet woodruff and yellow archangel, but in the central Dean, the bluebell woods are very impressive and are nationally important. See this other great article from the Wye / Dean official site.

Take a look at our main pages and see what fantastic lodges and cottages we have available for a break in the Dean Forest this Autumn. Forest of Dean Lodges has a great range of offers and packages available. Long and short breaks, couples breaks, health Spa’s, Mother and Daughter packages and more.

And of course, we are pet-friendly. So, come and join us in Coleford this autumn and have yourself a great time.

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 http://www.wyedeantourism.co.uk 

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.

Kate Middleton Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show to the Forest of Dean

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Kate Middleton Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show to the Forest of Dean

“I hope my garden inspires families to enjoy nature”

Kate Middleton

Prince George getting into mischief at the Chelsea Flower Show

 

Kate Middleton, or, the Duchess of Cambridge, is urging people to spend as much quality time with their children and make the most of nature around the UK. We couldn’t agree more with her.

Kate was speaking whilst visiting the Chelsea Flower Show. The Dutchess had designed a woodland garden and was having a day out with her husband and children.

The Royal Forest f Dean is an excellent place for family holidays or weekends together. Dean Forest is everything a nature lover could wish for. A safe and beautiful environment where the children (and adults) can explore.

According to the Duchess, she believes that being close to nature is beneficial to the mental health and wellbeing of people. Again, these are sentiments shared by Forest of Dean Lodges at Coleford. We have a range of holidays, weekend and short breaks, Spa’s, Hot Tubs and Yoga packages to take care of your mind and your body.

Walking through the Forest is inspiring and invigoration. The flora and fauna are in a myriad of colours, textures and lights. There are animals who have made their homes in the forest, such as Wild Boar and birds of many species.

Forest of Dean Special offers and packages

Coleford. in the Forest of Dean is a beautiful and popular place at any time of the year. However; people wanting to visit our lodges and cottages would do well to book their accommodation in good time. Unfortunately, it is the first come, first served.

Always keep looking back to the main Forest of Dean Lodges website. Quite often, we have offers that will be of interest to you or your family and friends. Spa Breaks, weekend retreats, Yoga, Mother and Daughter packages and lots more.

Well said Kate Middleton, and yes, we do hope your garden will inspire people to spend more time with their families and engage with nature.

We look forward to seeing you soon.