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Friday 13th September ~ Sunday 22nd September Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days

Friday 13th September ~ Sunday 22nd September

Explore the rich heritage of the Forest of Dean with buildings and special events all over the area. From walks exploring the hidden heritage of our towns and villages to Roman remains and even a castle to explore.  There is something for everyone to enjoy! For more information visit . You can book by calling 01594 836469 or emailing .

Foresters’ Forest have a number of events as part of HODs:

Scarr Bandstand History - There has been a bandstand nearby for more than one hundred years. The current structure has been restored by volunteers and is once again hosting entertainment of all kinds including theatrical events and brass bands.  Hear the story of the past and plans to further improve the site. Friday 13th and Saturday 14th 2.30pm – 4.30pm.

Books and Bands - Enjoy an afternoon at St Stephen's Church with Leonard Clark's celebrated story 'Bands' read by author and poet Maggie Clutterbuck with music by Pillowell Silver band. Saturday 14th September 10am -5pm. Performance at 2pm.

Coleford Hidden Heritage App. Walk - A walk led by local Green Badge Tour Guide John Bosley, around the market town of Coleford.  Learn about its heritage through the use of the Coleford Hidden Heritage App on your smartphone.  Approx. 7 Miles.  Thursday 19th Sept. 10am at Coleford Tourist Information Centre.

Bream Heritage Walk - A five mile walk visiting historic sites around Bream led by local guide and historian, Geoff Davis.  Meet at West Dean Centre Friday 20th Sept. 10am – 1pm.

Rewild and New Leaf Project Talk - Come to Kensley Sheds and learn about the work of the Rewild Project and the New Leaf project that is reconnecting people with nature and their heritage through training in traditional crafts. Friday 20th Sept. 11am.

Open Day at Ruardean Hill Archaeological Dig - Come and see the work being carried out as part of the Foresters’ Forest community excavation at Ruardean Walk.  Sunday 22nd Sept 11am – 3pm.




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