Heritage Open Days


For booking and for further information email heritage@main-place.org.uk

or phone 01594 836469


We are delighted to be working with enthusiastic and knowledgeable individuals, organisations and local attractions to bring you a diverse programme that celebrates the extraordinary history of the Forest of Dean. Many thanks to all the volunteers who give up their time to ensure this event happens…

New additions for this year include brewing tours at Hillside Brewery, a local dialect and Cider evening with Dick Brice at Jolter Press. Take a look at the remains of a Roman Shrine or get spooked by a visit to the haunted Brayne Court! Join a walking tour to explore the History of Cinderford, Discover Newland Street in Coleford. Join our Veteran tree expert and tree historian for a guided tour of the Cyril Hart Arboretum, or maybe get a glimpse of the Forests newest arrivals – the beavers on our History in the Making tour.

Cinderford celebrates its local history with a memorabilia weekend at St Stephens Church and a new walking tour will take in other sites of interest including the old bank and new college. Visit Lindors Country House and explore the beautiful gardens or take time to learn about the link between New Zealand rugby at St Mary’s Church in Lydney. Have a try at playing an instrument at Bream Silver Band Hut.

The local co-ordinators, Coleford Area Partnership, are pleased to be working in conjunction with the Foresters’ Forest and would like to invite you to join Andrew Hoaen for a guided tour of the Cyril Hart Arboretum, Visit the historic Scarr Bandstand – the Forest’s newest ‘old’ outdoor   music and theatre venue. Share stories of Jolter over a glass of Cider with Dick Brice – forest poet and Dr Michelle Straw a local Dialect expert or discover the History of Philip Walding and the music at St Stephens Church Cinderford.

Bookings are now being taken for visits to the Deputy Gaveller’s office, Verderers court, guided tours of Tan House Farm, Newland and Brayne Court, Littledean. Also please book for The Beavers Walk, Jolter Press, Hillside Brewery, The Clearwell Walk and the Heritage Cycle ride. Just phone 01594 836469 or email heritage@main-place.org.uk to book.

Old favourites include the opening of St Briavels Castle (and St Briavels Church) for the weekend, Hartpury’s heritage day, the Geo-map and Miners’ Memorial, “The Cathedral of the Forest”- All Saints Church, Newland, the Dean Heritage Centre, Mitcheldean’s Xerox Museum (why not also visit St Michaels and All Angels) and the Secret Forest. You could also join in the fun at Lydney (Naas Lane) Community Centre.

For walkers there are opportunities to explore Bream, Clearwell, Lydney docks, Newland Street in Coleford and more. Cyclists can even ride some of the old roads and tracks through the Forest. For those who prefer a talk there are opportunities to meet the Deputy Gaveller in his office or a Forest Verderer in the historic Verderers Court.

Find out more by picking up a leaflet, visiting www.heritageopendays.org.uk or by contacting Coleford Area Partnership on 01594 836469 or emailing heritage@main-place.org.uk

Download 2018’s programme here:

Heritage Open Days 2018

Visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk for more information.

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