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Off to forest of dean - what to do ????

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babycino Sat 19-Jul-08 18:47:44

If it rains or any good trips -2 x 3 year olds to entertain.... staying at bracelands any info excited 1st trip for ages..

ChippyMinton Sat 19-Jul-08 20:05:17

the sculpture park in the forest

Symonds Yat - the hand ferry would amuse a three year old.

brightwell Sat 19-Jul-08 20:06:35

I think there was a thread on Forest of Dean not so long ago. My dc used to enjoy Beechenhurst Lodge, nice play area, sculpture trail, great place for picnics, there's also a nice cafe there. There's a train station at Lydney which does Thomas days.

tegan Sat 19-Jul-08 20:11:33

Bracelands is just up the road from my house.

you could visit the Hopewell Colliery which is a open mine you can go down.
Puzzle wood at Lambsquay
miniature railway just down the road from puzzle wood.
clearwell caves
norchard railway station - lots of old steam trains to ride on
sculpture trail at speech house (beechenhurst)

babycino Sun 20-Jul-08 20:40:39

thanks, they both love trains and the sculpture trail looks great for me so should all be off to metcheck....

Washersaurus Mon 21-Jul-08 23:05:46

When are you off babycino? We are heading for bracelands this weekend.

Furball Tue 22-Jul-08 22:04:21

huge hijack - washersaurus - have you seen this thread - you now need to choose your food smile

mrsmike Tue 22-Jul-08 22:21:28

Dick Whittington centre near Little London I think - indoor play centre and lots of nice farm animals outside too. You could brave Lydney outdoor pool if the weather is hot though swarms of teenagers around.

Slouchy Tue 22-Jul-08 22:28:36
Large and new soft play with decent cafe in Coleford, a stone's throw from Bracelands. Was a godsend for us after 12 hours of torrential rain at Whitsun!

onepieceoflollipop Tue 22-Jul-08 22:30:19

Google "Norchard" for information about the steam trains, Thomas etc (near Lydney)

lillypie Tue 22-Jul-08 22:34:19

This Place is fantastic!!

BoysAreLikeDogs Tue 22-Jul-08 22:35:03

No, not Little Follies, it's filthy sad

Go to whirlikidz in Chepstow. Much nicer, smaller too and the coffee is fab.

Lydney pool - brrrrr but deliciously old-fashioned smile

taurus crafts is a lovely place to vist.


onepieceoflollipop Tue 22-Jul-08 22:36:56

Oh yes Taurus Crafts - lovely food (slightly expensive for lunches but lovely home baked items).

Slouchy Tue 22-Jul-08 22:38:11

Really, dogs? seemed fine when we were there! But we were desperate!

BoysAreLikeDogs Tue 22-Jul-08 22:47:27

Yup, not many CMs go there because it is so grim.

But perfick for a rainy day no ?

Feel bad cos I rained a bit on your parade, sorry.

TsarChasm Tue 22-Jul-08 22:58:37

We've been a few times and it's lovely there.

Clearwell Caves are very good. I loved the sculpture trail but it's a jolly big long walk for little ones. Mine managed it but were pretty knocked out at the end. Lovely to toodle round on a warm day but I suggest to take a few drinks with you. We didn't and were quite thirsty.

Symonds Yat is gorgeous (visit the rope ferry) and Monmouth is a nice town to visit.

PeachyBAHons Wed 23-Jul-08 17:23:07

the boat trip up the wye (from the yat) is nice, also yat rock

puzzle wood supposed to be nice, also a friend works at the mine so should mention it lol!

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