Surprise Dad with a dedicated day out in the Dean Wye: 10 places to take Dad this Father’s Day

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We all think that Dad deserves a treat on Father’s Day and where better place to look for that special day out than the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, home to all types of experiences from steam trains, to gorge scrambling, caving to a slap-up lunch in a great pub.

Maureen McAllister, executive director of Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Tourism, said: “We know that you’ll want to give your dad the best day out he can have and luckily in the Dean Wye we have many exciting offers and experiences for dads to try, for all ages and abilities”

Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Tourism has put together 10 things to do with dad this year:


  1. Royal Forest of Steam Gala

One of the best ways to enjoy the Forest is travelling behind a steam engine and at the Dean Forest Railway’s gala you can ride in a carriage or even a brake van right next to the locomotive. Visiting steam engines to see and other attractions taking place including a model railway exhibition.

  1. Pie and Mash Dinner

Is there any better way to treat Dad than with a Pie & Mash Dinner? Enjoy an award-winning pie meal at the Farmer’s Boy Inn with food being served all day. Nestled in the village of Longhope, The Farmer’s Boy Inn is the perfect base to explore The Forest of Dean and its beautiful woodlands and countryside. Gloucester, Cheltenham, Hereford, Bristol, Birmingham & South Wales are all just an hour’s driving distance.

  1. Puzzle Wood’s Special Dad Deal

Fathers that come to Puzzlewood on the 17th June with their children, aged up to 18, will be given a free voucher for Forest of Dean Adventure Ltd. The voucher will be for either one adult on their new Assault Course or one adult for an Archery session.

  1. Flying Ace

Adventure flights in a modern 2-seat light aircraft over the Forest of Dean & Wye Valley. See the country from a different viewpoint with the Great Escape Flying Club and learn to fly as you do.

  1. Salty Old Sea Dad

Take a guided walk around Lydney Harbour, learning about the historic harbour, enjoy stunning views across the River Severn and explore the wrecks of Lydney’s Lost Fleet.

  1. Clay Pigeon Shooting

Is your dad a crack shot? Would he enjoy learning how to shoot clays? Join DBC Leisure for a day of clay pigeon shooting, air rifle or archery. From absolute beginners and those who just want to have a go through to practised shots who wish to hone their skills, the friendly, qualified and experienced coaches will guide dad every step of the way.

  1. Symonds Yat

Climb up high to get the best views of the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean, and maybe spy the circling Peregrine Falcons that nest near here. Then walk back down and head to one of the award-winning pubs by the river – a perfect day out for dad and the family.

  1. Biker Dad

The Forest of Dean has many cycle trails to explore on two wheels for the novice and the thrill seeker, that will take you on an adventure deep into the forest whatever your age or ability. Take Dad to Pedalabikeaway and get him in the saddle.

  1. Gorge Scrambling

Book a wet and wild experience, scrambling through a gorge, climbing waterfalls and sloshing through a dark abandoned tunnel. Guaranteed to be a memorable experience with a great sense of achievement at the finish with Inspire2adventure.

10. Caving at Clearwell

Go on an adventure into the deeper workings of Clearwell Caves, to explore parts of the 600 acres beyond the show mine area. Caving activities involve simple climbing, crawling, getting dirty, and having fun. With over 40 years’ experience, the knowledgeable and experienced guides take you on a truly memorable experience.


For more information on visiting the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean and things to do with Dad this Father’s Day see

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