These are our Top 10 tried and family fun-tested ideas to get kids off their screen! We have to admit over lockdown, while setting up a new business our daughter definitely spent too much time juggling homeschoolling and online lessons. So below is our antidote to that. Even the more reluctant pre-teen will be persuaded to put their device done and engage with these outdoor activities.
Bracelands runs bookable archery sessions, assault course and rape challenge – perfect for a family looking for excitement and outdoor adverntues.
The Sculpture trail at Beechenhurst is a unique collection of contemporary often thought provoking sculptures, both permanent and temporary, within the Forest of Dean. A smaller version, suitable for little ones opened last year. There are also den building materials around the trail, a play park and excellent café.
The International Bird of Prey Centre is set in 12 acres of enclosures, glorious gardens, field and woods to explore. Daily flying demonstrations from some of the 150 birds house there – prepare to be startled by the low fly overs and then refuel in the cafe
Climbing is an excellent way to burn off excess energy and also give kids incredible satisfaction about what they are able to achieve – as well as being great fun!
For thrill-seekers this quarry turned diving school houses a range of activities, including the Atlantis Inflatable Aqua Water Park, 3G giant swing, Zip Wire reaching 40 miles an hour and more. The National Dive Centre events are variable and pre-bookable. There is also an amazing balcony café, looking over the quarry and the car park is the start of the Wye Valley Greenway cycle and walkway.
Devils pulpit is a breathtaking walk, either flat across 3 fields of more challenging from Offas Dyke. Either way, a few hundred yards away is Chase Farm, with an honesty shop selling milkshakes and their delicious ice creams from a vintage horsebox.
Bike hire is a brilliant way to get kids out and active. The forest has a range of family trails and some more challenging ones too. The family owned in Dean Cycles in Parkend has a café, ice cream stall and bike hire – with a wealth of information on routes.
We are exceptionally lucky to have a first class, indoor skateboarding venue in our village at Camphill Trust! They run bookable lessons across the week for all abilities, including beginners
Maybe you have the next junior Masterchef who would love to try cake decorating or making bread at a Harts Barn Cookery School.
There are two Go Ape venues in the forest, one suitable for unaccompanied kids and the other is more demanding for the fitter (more competitive) family. Both set in lovey woodland, with excellent cafes and walks.
Remember these activities are probably bookable in advance at this time and parking charges may apply.
Why not combine these with a glamping stay at Hope Farm Retreats. Set in 13 acres on a working farm in the centre of the village of St Briavels, the perfect base for an activity-based family holiday. Walking distance to a park, pub, cafe and local Community Shop.
Enjoy your stay!