Family Activities in the Forest of Dean Gloucestershire

Plan your Family Break with fun filled activities!

The Forest of Dean is the perfect family holiday destination. Packed with family activities and attractions for suitable for all ages, young or old! Families staying in the Speech House Hotel are guaranteed a fun-filled holiday as our hotel is the ideal base to explore everything on the doorstep in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.

With activity centres like Go-Ape, Puzzlewood, the Sculpture Trail, the Family Trail and many more places, there is something to satisfy all interests here in the Forest. Have a look below at all that is on offer near our Forest of Dean hotel and set up your itinerary for you family adventure at the Speech House Hotel.


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GoApe Outdoor Adventures

From tree-to-tree crossings, bouncy nets and all-terrain Segways, GoApe have all the adventure boxes ticked. Whether you’re a thrill seeker or after quality family fun, put a smile on your face, get the wind in your hair and make some memories that will last a lifetime. With two GoApe centres within a 2 mile radius of the Speech House Hotel in the Forest of Dean, you won’t be disappointed with the unlimited opportunity for adventure! 

Stand Up Paddleboarding on the Wye

Create magical memories in fun family activities! The team at Paddleboard Adventures are committed to delivering an impeccable, fun and empowering experience on the water, through unique SUP experiences in The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. Offering something for everyone, be it families, couples, or a day out with friends, you can spend an afternoon on the water and work up an appetite for a big feed in the Orangery on your return to the Speech House hotel.

Family Activities | Wye Valley | Things To Do
Things To Do | Forest of Dean | Family Activities
Pottery Painting and Classes

Birds Pottery is a great alternative for those looking for something less adrenaline fueled. From the vibrant Glazes, Clays and Paint your own pottery items, the family run business offers something for everyone. Bird’s also offers Traditional Pottery, Raku, Takeaway pottery, Classes, Parties and Bring a Bottle. Bird’s have over 400 pieces to choose from, starting from £3 upwards. Drop-ins are welcome but the early bird catches the worm, so they do advise customers to book with the studio directly!

 Canoeing & Rock Climbing in the Wye Valley

Get outdoors and discover some of the most stunning areas the Forest of Dean has to offer. Inspire2Adventure provides a multitude of outdoor adventure activities in the natural playgrounds of the Wye Valley, Monmouthshire, the Brecon Beacons in South Wales, and the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. We suggest hiring some canoes and taking in the sights along the River Wye, before coming back to refuel and unwind with some local iceacream in our Garden!

Canoeing | Wye Valley Activities | Things to Do
Biking in Forest of Dean
Cycling around the Forest on the Family Trail

Not only can you explore the Forest by foot, or water but two wheels is one of our favourite ways! Hire bikes from places locally to the hotel and explore the entire Forest via the Family Trail. You can even hire an electric bike if you want some gentle assistance with the hills, and have it delivered to the hotel.  Suitable for all ages and abilities, with plenty of coffee & cake stops along the way!

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