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Find out what this beautiful destination has in store for you in our Spring newsletter!

From the treetop walkways of Go Ape to the ancient underground pathways of the Clearwell Caves (and everything in between!), the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean is the perfect place to come and celebrate the end of winter and the coming of spring.  

Happy reading!
Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Tourism Team
The famous Puzzlewood will be open from 15 February. Spend a day exploring ancient woodland, moss-covered rocks, playgrounds, farm animals and more. Visit their Facebook page for a special half term offer. 
 
Visit Beechenhurst and explore the sculpture trail (free maps available from the visitor centre) or test your skills as an archer with Forest of Dean Adventure starting 17 February.
 
Looking ahead, Kate's Country School will be hosting a Family Discovery Day on 19 April. A fun-filled family day learning about everything from wildlife identification and river dipping.

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Visit Shire Hall on 10 March and you'll catch Kather Marland of Kather's Kitchen Cookery Courses, plus numerous other artisan food producers at the Monmouth Women's Festival.

Amanda and Peter from Monnow Valley Vineyards will talk about growing in Monmouthshire, followed by a tutored tasting of local wines on 14 March.

On 27 March, Kather's Kitchen Supper Club will be returning to Humble by Nature.

Enjoy real ale, real cider, perry and a local artisan cheese bar along with live music at the Camra Gloucester Beer and Cider Festival on 4 and 5 April.

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Venture underground and spend a day exploring Clearwell Caves, a favourite filming location of shows like Merlin and Dr Who. Book a 'deep level visit' and you'll get to crawl and scramble down to 200ft underground!

Alternatively, Forest of Dean Go Ape will be open from 15 February. Fly down zip wires, leap from Tarzan Swings and hitch a ride on a Forest Segway. 

When one activity just isn't enough, Forest Adventure offer everything from canoeing and kayaking to climbing, caving and mountain biking. All activities based in and around the region and can be tailored to suit all ages and abilities.

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Family cycle trail - Starting in the Cannop Valley, this easy trail follows along the old Severn and Wye railway line, passing former stations at Drybrook Road, Cannop Wharf and Speech House.

Freeminer mountain biker trail - this recently extended trail offers a challenging and varied 8km singletrack with something for the most demanding of riders, from tricky switchback climbs to sudden drops and hairpin bends. 

If you haven't brought your own wheels, you can hire them from Dean Forest Cycles, Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre or Forest Bikes and Outdoor Leisure.

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OTHER EVENTS
 
Valentines Owl Evenings
For a truly unique Valentine's event, the International Centre for Birds of Prey will be hosting two 'Valentines Owl Evenings' (14th and 15th Feb) where visitors can enjoy a guided tour of the owls by torchlight, watching the small owls fly indoors lit by special lighting before following the big owls across the flying ground outside. The events start at 7pm and tickets must be pre-booked by telephoning 01531 820286. For more details visit www.icbp.org
 
Mini Downhill Race 3 (23rd of February)
The 661 Mini Downhill series has become a firm favourite for downhill racers of all abilities. Whether you want to try out downhill racing for the first time, are already pretty serious or just want to see some spectacular racing this fun, friendly race series is where it is at!
 
Kate Adie - fighting on the home front (14th of March)
In this talk at the Savoy Theatre, renowned journalist and war correspondent Kate Adiereveals what the women of the 1910s achieved for future generations when WWI broke out, emerging from the shadows of their domestic lives. Tickets cost £6 and are available by booking online at www.monmouth-savoy.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01600 772467.
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