Children's Activities
Clearwell Caves 
 
See this unique part of Britain's Heritage hidden beneath the Royal Forest of Dean.  
Iron ore has been mined here for nearly 3000 years to form an incredible system of underground tunnels and chambers, of which 8 large caverns are now open to the public.  
 
 
Originally a natural cave system, it partially filled with iron ore, which has been mined extensively since the beginning of the iron age. Geological and mining displays show how the primitive miners worked and the slow development of mining techniques up to the present day. The engine room contains several vintage engines, including the 1915 Ingersol Rand compressor used to drive the early pneumatic drills.
Puzzle Wood 
 
Puzzle Wood is an area which has remained unaltered since it was transformed into tranquil woodland walks in the 1800's. It has been open to the public for some 50 years.  
 
A fascinating open iron workings in beautiful surroundings. A maze of paths with unique wooden seats and bridges enables the weathered and moss covered rocks to be seen at their best.  
 
Roman iron mines, Souvenir Shop, Tea garden,  
 
1 mile south of Coleford on the B4228  
 
Open 11am to 6pm (Easter to the end of October)  
 
Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays 
 
Kingfisher Cruises 
 
From Symonds Yat East, daily.  
 
Symonds Yat is world famous for its natural river scenery. The river winds its way through Symonds Yat gorge and village, dividing it into east and west. Our trips which last around 35 minutes start at 11am and go on until sunset. A full commentary is provided, telling of the natural beauty and history of he area. Evening trips with bar and buffet parties by arrangement.
Perrygrove Railway 
 
Narow gauge steam in the Forest of Dean.  
Unlimited trips, woodland walks, and for the children Treasure hunt in the woods and indoor village with secret passages.  
Easy to find on B4228, half a mile south of Coleford  
  
Hopewell Colliery Museum  
 
Walk through a true Forest of Dean Freemine.  
See mine workings, some date to 1820's. See the old mine working tools on diplay and visit the cafe.  
Open March to October daily 10am to 4pm  
Admission: Adults £3, Child £2.
Goodrich Castle  
 
Standing on a hill overlooking the village whose name it bears, the castle guards the river crossing on the old Roman road from Monmouth to Gloucester. Built by the Normans, it was heavily improved in the 13th century. The keep, a sqaure three storey tower, is still there and the whole castle is surrounded by a deep ditch dug into the local red sandstone and reached over a drawbridge.
The Amazing Hedge Puzzle at Symonds Yat  
 
Planted over twenty years ago by brothers Lindsay and Edward Heyes, the fun of the aMazing Hedge Puzzle has made it Herefordshire's most popular private tourist attraction. 
 
People from all over the world have enjoyed finding out about mazes through the millennia. By making your own labyrinths you too can follow in the footsteps of the heroes of Ancient Greece and India, Roman soldiers, native Americans, mediaeval monks and English kings. 
 
Thousands have explored the chaotic patterns of ancient mazes. Join them and test your own theories on our computers, and contemplate mystic myths about mazes from all the world's great religions.
Canoe Hire

If you don't take the opportunity to hire a canoe while you are here then you are missing an opportunity. Begginer, intermediate or advanced there are routes for you all. Canoe hire and Canoe School is walking distance away.  

Believe me, my young friend (said the water rat solemnly), there is nothing absolutely nothing half so much worth as simply messing about in boats. Simply messing nothing seems really to matter, that's the charm of it. Whether you get away, or whether you don't,  
whether you arrive at your destination or whether you reach somewhere else, or whether you never get anywhere at all, you're always busy, and you never do anything in particular.
  
For more info on Canoeing at Symonds Yat click here
Symonds Yat West Leisure Park 
 
For only £2.50 the children can play all day in the adventure playground. 
 
Above All - Enjoy the nature of Symonds Yat 
 
The nature and beauty of Symonds Yat is the real attraction to children and the time spent walking and enjoying time with their families is the thing they will always remember. 

Exploration and adventure is always the favourite.