This is our top 10 activities in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley with a pre-schooler, all family fun test by us. Most are suitable for older kids too, but they are all particularly good for engaging little ones.
There is always room for indoor soft play on a toddler activity list – especially when it’s raining, serves great lunch, whirlikidz has good changing facilities and is not too big or overwhelming
Stay in a stunning Lotus Belle tent at Hope Farm Retreats, set in a 13 acre farm and flower farm. Lots of facilities to make your life easier, such as a changing table, toddler steps, high chairs and baby bath – not to mention the field kitchen, if you don’t want to restrict yourself to campfire cooking. This is definitely glamping, not camping! Kids holiday activities run through the Summer with for all ages.
Perrygrove is a must for all ages up to about 12 year old. A charming narrow gauge railway that winds itself up a hill. Perfect all weathers with indoor play, café, undercover play area, treasure hunts and much more.
Bike hire is the perfect way to see the forest, on a range of family trails. Peddleabikeaway have kids bikes, tag along and lots of advice for making the most of your day. They also have a site at the start of the stunning Wye Valley Greenway.
It’s no wonder that film sets love the atmospheric Puzzlewood. Scenes from Star Wars, Harry Potter, The Secret Garden, Doctor Who and more have used this lush, other worldly ancient woodland, with play area, café and animal areas.
The Wye Valley Butterfly Farm is the perfect day out, situated next to other popular family attractions Hedge Puzzle Maze and minigolf. The butterfly zoo is a tropical, indoor environment which is guaranteed to captivate a child’s imagination.
Dean Heritage Centre is a living museum, recreating the industrial heritage of the forest, as well as running a range of holiday activities. There is also a balcony café and the Gruffalo Trail.
If you little ones want to be the nest Junior Masterchef, they love the cookery classes at Harts Barn.
Tintern Old Station is a lovely setting for a walk, picnic, play park or explore the old tracks and renovated carriages. There is a river walk from the car park to the River Wye
Chepstow castle is a 600 year old site, on a dramatic cliff above the River Wye. There are spiral stairs and towers to explore, grassy areas to picnic and a gift shop selling costumes for little knights and princesses
Note: Most sites require pre-booking and check for parking fees on arrival!
Enjoy your stay!