Sunday 19 May 2019

Dean Heritage Centre

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

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

Committed to providing education for all, the Dean Heritage Centre is made up of five modern learning galleries. The first is the Pre-Historic and Early History gallery – investigating the geology and landscape of the Forest of Dean. This gallery displays a series of fossilised remains and teaches visitors about the iron industry and the early Romans who lived in the area.

The second gallery concentrates on the Medieval history of the Forest of Dean during its time as a Royal hunting forest, and the part it played in the English Civil War; while gallery three explores the forest’s industrial legacy from coal mining through to fishing, cobbling, carpentry and blacksmithing.

Known as Gallery 41, The Dean Heritage Centre’s fourth gallery specialises in the community of the forest and its history during the World War II, with the final gallery focusing on the rise of steam power and transportation throughout the 1800s.

In addition, visitors can be transported back in time to the Forester’s Cottage – a reconstructed traditional forester’s home; the Victorian School Classroom, which provides a hands-on learning experience through role play and dressing up; and The Free Mine, which is a replica coalmine, similar to those which would have been traditionally seen throughout the forest.

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 chainsaw carving through to 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.


Chainsaw carving is expected to be one of the highlights of the three-day event at the Dean Heritage centre.

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