Free activities, food and much to celebrate in the Forest of Dean & Wye Valley.
This year the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean will celebrate English Tourism Week and Welsh Tourism Week together, to give residents and visitors the opportunity to sample what’s great about the area – sometimes for free.
From free social media training to half price meals and free brewery tours to archery taster lessons, there are dozens of special offers to entice people to visit the area. Between 14 and 22 March the Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Tourism Association (WVFDTA) has negotiated a week of free or discounted activities from local businesses.
Get active for free
- Free steam railway ride at the Dean Forest Railway
- Entry to Puzzlewood
- Entry to Perrygrove Railway
- Bike hire from Pedalabikeaway
- Learn to Nordic walk or canoe with Way2Go Adventures
- Learn Golf at Forest of Dean Golf & Bowls Club
- Meet the Potter with Hot Pot Pottery
- Archery taster sessions with Forest of Dean Adventure
- Entry to Wyndcliffe Court Sculpture Gardens
- Forestry Commission discovery day on 22 March at Beechenhurst
Eat and drink
- 20% off lunch at Tudor Farmhouse
- Brewery tour at Kingstone Brewery and 15% discount on ales
- Vineyard tour and tastings at Parva Vineyard
- Thursday 18th is ‘Meet the Buyer’ festival in Whitemead Park
- Old Court Hotel 50% off pub meals
- Free meal with accommodation at Stonemill Restaurant & Steppes Farm Cottages
Offers and discounts
15% discount off adventure activities at Inspire2Adventure; 10% off Mad Dogs and Vintage Vans Glamping; 10% off at Dean Valley Panorama B&B; 20% off at Greenway Farm Camping/Caravan Park; 15% off Old Diary Cottage accommodation.
Maureen McAllister, executive director for the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism Association, says: “We have such brilliant tourist attractions and this event allows us to showcase them to visitors, as well as remind the community about the fantastic range of things to do on their doorstep.”
Business of tourism workshops and seminars
There are opportunities to learn more about the industry and how to make a success of your business, with free social media, business development and welcome workshops. These are open to local people as well as people active in the tourism industry.
Maureen added “Social media is really important to us – it’s that positive word of mouth and sharing of great pictures which present a fabulous image of the area and really shout about the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.”
The area will also welcome the winner of the National Geographic Kids competition to claim the prize of a free mini break plus exciting activities. Recently nominated as Visit Wales’ National Tourism Awards Finalist for Best Visitor Welcome, Monmouthshire Cottages’ owner Fiona Wilton donated the prize of a stay at one of her stunning Tintern cottages.