Wye Valley & Forest of Dean autumn newsletter
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October means time for crunching through the leaves, nibbling on juicy apples and dressing up in spooky outfits!

This time of year the woodland is alive with colour and magic as little wizards and witches are getting their costumes ready for trick or treating. We have a lot going on in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley for half-term, but it's not all Halloween related or just for children, so read on for some autumnal inspiration.

We look forward to welcoming you!
Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism

Frightening Forest activities

16th & 17th October - The Trench show at Clearwell Caves
A new play inspired by the true story of a miner who became entombed in a tunnel during World War One. Performed 100ft underground, the atmosphere will be incredible.

18th Oct- 2nd November - Hansel and Gretel hunt at creepy Clearwell Caves 
Nine fascinating caverns in total, dating back over 4,000 years, all connected by underground passageways, and it has also been used as a filming location for Dr Who and Merlin! The wicked witch wants to catch more children as they walk through her underground forest. Two lucky winners receive a fabulous wicked witch or wizard hand puppet.

Halloween with Forest Holidays
For Halloween weekend, Forest Holidays have plenty on for children and their families. Enjoy twilight walks in the woods or ghost hunting with the Forest Ranger, look for bats, take part in a pumpkin carving competition or see if you can win best fancy dress! End the day with a ‘fright night’ movie and Forest Retreat spooky quiz. £350 - £645 per cabin for 3 nights from the 31st October.

25th & 26th October - Dragon Festival at Dean Heritage Centre
Have you ever met a dragon? Join the Dragon Walkabout to see beautiful baby European dragons from a sanctuary in the Welsh Marshes.

28th & 30th October - Halloween baking with Harts Barn Cookery School
Get into the spooky mood and make spider black, blood red and witch green pasta with the Halloween Pasta class, decorate cupcakes or make spooky shapes and flavours with the Halloween sweets and chocolates class.

Stay in: Haunted Brayne Court B&B, Forest of Dean & Wye Valley 
There is nowhere spookier to lay your head on Halloween than this traditional B&B. The historic Tudor dining room has bullet holes in the oak panelling, many murders took place on site in the nineteenth century and owners have frequently seen ghostly figures wandering the grounds! £200 for two nights inclusive of log fires, candle light tours of haunted house and full breakfast.


Autumn activities

Photography Wye Canoes River & Hiking trip
For the opportunity to take some truly stunning photos, get snapping whilst floating along in a Canadian canoe! Experienced wildlife river guides will guide you to the most picturesque spots. Now £80pp with 20% off on 25th October (children ages 4+).  

NEW Krazy Golf at Lydney
Each of the 15 holes represents a different tourist attraction in the area complete with an information board. Site includes a stunning 'eco villa' Visitor Centre, gift shop, picnic available to buy on-site, indoor and outdoor eating areas, play area and sand pit.

NEW Junior Off Road Courses with Whitecliff Driving Centre
This training site gives a fantastic variety of terrain and obstacles for all abilities to try 4x4 driving. Courses now also available for juniors to learn how to handle off-road vehicles! 
For ages 12+, height 5 ft and over - from £99 for half day. 

Activities still on at Hot Pot Pottery!
Despite the closure of the tea-room and gallery from November, pottery trial classes and pottery painting will still be available in the on-site studio, or exclusive use of the tea-room for big groups! Get creative with the whole family! Check website for more information

Special offers

Children stay free at Tudor Farmhouse
Children stay free at the Tudor Farmhouse Hotel over half term when sharing a room with their parents; choose a family room or one of the suites for more space. Children will also dine free from the children’s menu when their parents each order a main course from the a la carte menu (1 child per adult). Offer valid regardless of length of stay (from one night to a whole week).

Free travel for children at Dean Forest Railway
This classic country steam railway are offering free travel for kids during half term (max 2 per adult - children under 16 - excluding special events). They also have a special Halloween evening train on the 31st October - prepared to be scared on the Halloween Express!

Adults go free at Dick Whittington Farm Park! 
Farm full of interesting animals, fascinating wildlife and exciting activities. Now with children (3-10) at £6.50 or active toddlers (3 or under) at £5.50, adults go free for the rest of 2014! 

Swing by and Save 10% on a Go Ape Adventure! 
Fly down zip-wires, leap off Tarzan swings and tackle crossings whilst enjoying breathtaking scenery. To get you into the Go Ape spirit they’re offering 10% off per person (excluding Saturdays) in October 2014. Simply use promotional code FDNEWS when booking online. Valid from 1st October 2014 to 31st October 2014.

25% off Whitemead Forest Park - saving over £150! 
Wide range of accommodation sleeping up to 8 people, enjoy a whole host of activities over half-term week from 25 Oct- 2 Nov such as archery, fencing, pumpkin carving and mask making. A number of free family activities will be taking place including rounders, cricket, kinball, volleyball and football, to name but a few! 3 night stay includes access to swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, fully equipped gym, indoor and outdoor play area.

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