News – 31 October 2016

Super new member – say hello

Check out the following business that has just joined the Association – Tweet, Facebook and LinkedIn with your network, and don’t forget to say hello.

Members’ Meeting

Our next members’ meeting takes place on Wednesday 9 November, 11.00 to 13.00 at Harts Barn Cookery School, Longhope.  The meeting will focus on food and drink and local suppliers.

  • We will be showcasing our local supplier members to our wider membership with the opportunity to taste products.
  • As well as the suppliers, the cookery school will be providing cookery demos, tastings, a licensed bar and will talk about the service they provide locally, nationally and internationally to visitors coming to the Forest of Dean.
  • There will also be ‘have a go’ table where you can make your own pasta (the school’s most popular session with tourists) for fun.

We hope lots of you will be able to attend.  If you are a producer and would like to promote your products, do contact us as their are still a few places left.

Further details and book a place.

Tourism Forum

Our Tourism Forum, the major meeting of the year when we invite high profile speakers from national organisations, will take place on Wednesday 11 January at the Forest of Dean Campus of Gloscol at Berry Hill, near Coleford.  We will circulate full details as soon as they have been confirmed but please note the date in your and diary and do try to attend.

Further details of this and other future events are on the website.


Christmas is rapidly approaching so now is the time to send in details of events during Christmas and New Year.  It may be something you are organising, takes place in your locality or perhaps an event that you will attend.  Don’t assume we already know or that someone else will tell us; we rely on you  for information.  Send details of events to

Visitor Newsletters

Each month we send out a newsletter to about 35,000 members of the public who have expressed an interest in our area and we send a copy to you, our members.  We compile the newsletter from information that members have sent us, or put onto Facebook and Twitter, and from information on our website, particularly the events page.  If you do not tell us your news, events or offers, we can’t feature it.  We do try to include different members but space is limited so sometimes your feature will not be included.  With events we try to include a mix that will be of interest to lots of people but we can’t put in everything.  We may not include an imminent event as the newsletter spans the whole month.  You are also welcome to offer competition prizes and sponsor a monthly newsletter to give your story more prominence – please do let us know if you are interested in this.

As with events, above, tell us what is happening and we will try to include something about your business but do give us plenty of warning.


Members have now been using FreetoBook for about a year, many with great success.  You do need to include at least 180 days of rates so if you set yours up some time ago, you do need to regularly review the rates and ensure you are showing them well in advance.  Now is the time to ensure that you have rates set up for next year.

Pet Friendly

We were recently asked about pet friendly accommodation and attractions.  Many members who accept pets do reflect this in their website entries but not all.  If you welcome pets to your business, do ensure you have them flagged as accepting pets.  It is also worth mentioning this in your description.If you are unsure what can be included in your web listing, see our help page on checking your entry.


Well done to the following members who achieved success at the recent Monmouthshire Business Awards.

Congratulations too, to Parva Farm Vineyard  who gained best in class for their Tintern Parva Sparkling wine & Tintern Parva Bwthyn Rhosyn (rose), a silver award for Tintern Parva Bacchus (dry white) & a bronze award for Tintern Parva Afon Gwy (medium white) in the Welsh Vineyards Assn. competition.

Visit Wales workshops

Visit Wales will be on the road in November for a series of free interactive workshop sessions to explore how you can work with them  the Year of Legends in 2017. The bulk of the day will be spent in workshop sessions which will focus on harnessing your sense of place along the customer journey and modern storytelling, including key stories and legends from your local area.  The nearest event is at Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Nelson, on 24 November.  Further Details.

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