Choose from a range of self-led activities

Plan your perfect visit by choosing from the range of self-guided activities below.

Mix and match based on your preferences or get in touch and we can help organise your day.

Free introductory talks

Request a free introductory talk from a member of Forestry England staff to tell your class more about the forest, its trees and wildlife. Please note that these talks must be booked in advance and are subject to staff availability.

Booking your self-guided visit

All self-led groups must be booked at least four weeks in advance so that we can help you make the most of your trip.

Please contact the local learning team by emailing and they'll get back to you with everything you need to do.

Self-led activities in the Forest of Dean

Hanging fire on the sculpture trail at Beechenhurst
This waymarked trail at Beechenhurst contains sculptures inspired by trees, wildlife and the forest's industrial past.
Boy looking into a bug pot
Explore the forest and earn some stamps for your learning passport too.
Two children looking at a gruffalo orienteering marker post
Perfect for younger children. Find 12 Gruffalo markers at Mallards Pike using a simple map.
Play area at Beechenhurst
Let your class burn off some steam in the play area at Beechenhurst, featuring a zip line, nest swing and climbing frame.