Dean Heritage Centre

Camp Mill, Soudley, Forest of Dean, GL14 2UB | (01594) 822170

Set across five acres, Dean Heritage Centre explores history, arts, crafts and culture in a stunning setting, ideal for family days out in the Forest of Dean.

Inside the galleries at Dean Heritage Centre, visitors can go back in time and learn everything from what the forest was like during the pre-historic times, to how its community survived during world war two. With the Forest of Dean having such a fascinating, rich history, visitors can uncover its intriguing past throughout all five galleries.

Visitors are invited to step into the shoes of an old forester at The Forester’s Cottage, which demonstrates what life would have been like back then. Reconstructed with local materials, the cottage welcomes curious minds to uncover the traditional interiors and outdoor vegetable patch.

Head to the Victorian School Classroom, where students can experience school in the Victorian times and dress up in traditional clothing. Featuring playtime games and the chance to learn from the Victorian teacher, the school is a fun activity for all ages.

Dean Heritage Centre is also home to The Free Mine, a replica coalmine similar to those which would have traditionally been seen throughout the forest. Discover what life was like for the freeminers, who would go down into the ominous dark mines every day.

Boasting activities for all-weathers, guests to the heritage centre can enjoy a series of walking trails and wildlife-spotting routes throughout the five-acre site, taking in the spectacular views from around the Mill Pond, as mandarin ducks and moorhens frolic in the water.

Throughout the year, the centre hosts a plethora of demonstrations, from exciting chainsaw carving through to fascinating charcoal burning, and there’s even the chance to wander the woods with a brave mouse, in search of The Gruffalo.

The centre encourages visitors to bring a picnic and extend their day of exploration in the forest. But if it’s too chilly to eat alfresco, guests can warm up with a hot drink and a slice of cake in the Dean Heritage Centre’s cosy tearoom.

For more information call the Dean Heritage Centre on (01594) 822170, email or visit directly.


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