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Spring is well and truly on its way in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley ... Snow drops and daffodils are popping up, lambs are playing in the fields and we're impatiently awaiting the arrival of our beautiful bluebells!

Like you, we're also looking forward to Easter; egg hunts, hot cross buns and a well-deserved break. So do take a look at what's going on in the area over the holidays and why not join us? 

Hope to see you soon,
Maureen
Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tourism Association 

Easter Art 
 

Reopening at Hot Pot Pottery on Good Friday! To celebrate their 2015 opening, you can now paint an Easter egg cup at just £8pp (normally £9.50) or £15 for two. The pieces will be ready for pick up Easter Sunday and there's a prize for the best egg...

When your masterpieces are complete, why not enjoy some tea and cake in their cafe? They also have on site accommodation if you fancy staying the night. 

Nature in Art also have some fantastic spring exhibitions coming up: 

March 24th – April 19th - Art Forms in Nature Photogravures by Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932), regarded as one of the defining photographers of the 20th century for his exceptional botanical photographs which became highly celebrated amongst early Modernists and Surrealists.

March 31st – April 12th - Fabric of Nature The diversity of the nature is revealed by the 13 contemporary artists of Gordano Textile Artists who employ a surprising range of techniques - including robust felt, delicate silks, wall pieces, wearable art, weaving and digital embroidery. 

March 31st – April 19th - The Unfeathered Bird A selection of exquisite anatomical drawings showing birds in action, from the bestselling and most richly illustrated book on bird anatomy ever produced by Katrina van Grouw. A must-see for anyone interested in art, science or both

All exhibition tickets: adults £5.25, concessions (over 60s, under 16s) £4.75, under 8s free

Culinary Classes at Harts Barn Cookery School 
 

Have you stuck to your New Year resolution to learn to cook? Don't worry if not - there's still time! 

8th April - Cook and Craft 
Customise and paint your own fabric apron then wear your new apron to bake delicious cookies. After a light lunch (provided), you will ice your cookies and decorate a box to take them home in. (Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult). £35.00, 10am - 3pm

11th April - Low Carb, High Veg
We all love pizza, pasta and rice, but sometimes we want something a bit lighter. Use a range of vegetables to create dishes that are low in carbohydrates but high in flavour, veg and protein. Learn how to use vegetables as a base to take the place of carbohydrates like rice, wraps, pasta, pizza crust and taco shells. Complimentary drinks provided. £55.00, 2.30pm to 5.30pm.

11th April - Pasta, Risotto and Tiramisu Class
Learn how to make fresh pasta, from perfect dough to mastering the tricky pasta machine. You’ll move on to risotto, cooking a creamy dish which can be adapted using a variety of ingredients. Last but not least, finish off with an authentic Italian tiramisu! £50, 10am-1pm

For more ideas, check their website

If you want to extend your trip, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel offer a special package in collaboration with Harts Barn Cookery School so you could even enjoy a few days of cooking. 

Events 


28th & 29th March - Beekeepers weekend course at Ragman’s Lane
Help beekeepers to improve their beekeeping skills in order to build sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families - and conserve biodiversity. Non beekeepers welcome! £120. 

29th March – Forest of Dean Spring Trails Half Marathon - This annual event is organised by The Rotary Club of the Royal Forest of Dean and supported by the Forestry Commission. Proceeds are used to support charities, both locally and nationally. Members £20, non-members £22. 

3rd-6th April - Animal Easter Safari Trial at The Kymin - Follow the clues and hunt for hidden animals of the world in their family safari Easter trail. Prizes and fun to be had by all. Admission: Adult: £3.00
Child: £1.50 and £1.50 per trail. 


5th April – Antiques and Vintage Fair at Taurus Crafts - Pick up a bargain while browsing the stalls with antiques, vintage, memorabilia and collectables. Don’t miss the activities for children, crafts and great food & drink. Free.

6th April - Easter Monday Family Day at Chepstow Racecourse
A day of children’s entertainment including the fantastic Panic Circus, Archie’s Easter egg hunt, a bungee run, Kate’s Country School, face painters, 'roaming reptiles' animal handling experience, bouncy castles, Cardiff City soccer skills, and lots more. Entry ticket for £22, family ticket for just £29 (two adults and children). In support of GWENT Feature County. 

 

6th April – Easter Eggspress at Winchcombe Station
Spend your Easter with Wye Dean for this 'eggsellent' event, which will be taking place at Winchcombe Station. Meet the Easter Bunny and take part in lots of fun Easter activities and competitions including egg and spoon races and Easter egg rolling. Adult £16, child £7. 

9th-12th April - Chepstow Walking Festival 
With over 22 fabulous walks including some favourites with new twist and a rare chance to walk around Chepstow Racecourse. Including NEW evening events this year such as a 'Welcome Buffet', a talk by Kevin Walker on 'Forgotten Wales', stargazing and more. Tickets from £3. 

11th April - Grand National Day at Chepstow Racecourse 
What could be better – live racing from Chepstow and coverage of the world’s most famous race from Aintree on the big screen. £22 for admission, a drink and race card. 

12th April Forest Warrior 5k or 10k - Enter as an individual or in teams of three or five for this 5k or 10k of the toughest forest terrain and obstacles. £60 individual entry. 

25th & Sunday 26th April - Wartime in the Cotswolds at Gloucestershire Warwick RailwayTake a trip back in time and enjoy the railway's nostalgic and light-hearted look at life in the Cotswolds in the 1940s. Adults £20, children £10 (discounted rates if booked in advance online.) 

Offers and discounts 


Cycling Guides are offering their Forest of Dean Cycling Guide guide to subscribers at £2 discount until the 31st March  (£4.95, including free postage, instead of £6.95). Simply go to www.cyclingguides.com and enter the discount code FODOFFER at checkout. This waterproof and tear proof guide with Ordnance Survey 1:25,000 Explorer mapping comprehensively shows 89 miles of easily rideable tracks in the heart of the forest, and has directions for 43 miles of rides.

35% off Forest Bushcraft
Learn how to make use of the vast wealth of natural resources, beautiful scenery and historic landscape of the Forest of Dean with Forest Bushcraft! With over 25 years of experience teaching outdoor skills in the Forest, their in-depth, enthusiastic approach will leave guests feeling like Ray Mears. 
35% off all Basic Bushcraft and Wood Carving courses for 2015. Now £45.50 per course per day, was £70 - 35% discount -saving of £24.50! Quote ‘Forest of Dean Promotion’ when booking. 01594 835116 

20% off Puzzlewood
JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood and it was once the film location for Doctor Who and Merlin - it's easy to see why! Stay in the on site cottages for an exciting family holiday unlike any other now with 20% off mid week stays in March and April excluding school hols and bank hols.
Puzzlewood Patch from £237 down to £189.60 - saving over £40! Sleeps 4 + cot
Puzzlewood House from £336 down to £268.80 - saving over £60!  Sleeps 8 + cot

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