review THE SECOND Forest Activities Festival was an even bigger success than last year’s event say organisers. The festival at The Speech House near Coleford showcases the huge variety of activity that is available in the Forest. That included everything from kick-boxing and circus skills to local music, food and drink with visitors trying many different activities for themselves. Among those making an appearance was Pete who will be one of the scarecrows who will be coming to the Coleford Music Festival in August. He was there with creator Vicki Thornton and Nick Penny from the busking festival and attracted a lot of attention. Between 3,000 and 4,000 people came through the gates and there was a lot of positive feedback as well as ideas for next year’s festival said Amanda Smith who is one of the organisers. She said: “We felt it went very well – the number of visitors was up on last year and we had more activity providers. “There was a lot of enthusiasm and we’ve had some ideas for next year’s festival.” Forest Review

Walking Football at Forest Activities Festival

walking footballFor the first time in the Forest of Dean there will be the chance for the over 50’s to try walking football! The Gloucestershire football association will be at the Forest Activities Festival at Speech House on Sunday 26th April to run sessions in walking football as well as coaching & skills sessions. All sessions are free & open to everyone, so if you are interested in having a go, come along & try it out. For those not interested in football there are plenty of other things to try The Forest Activities Festival such as archery, rugby, segways, cycling, battlesports, trapeze & circus skills, kick boxing, rocket science as well as live music, a dog show, arts & crafts & much more

Barking Mad Dog Show

20140427_130648smallThe very popular dog show will take place again at the second Forest Activities Festival which will be held in the Speech House Hotel grounds, Forest of Dean, gloucestershire on 26th April 2015. The dog show is being organised by Barking Mad & Greyhound Rescue West of England (GRWE). They are the leading greyhound rescue charity in England and Wales, independent of the greyhound racing industry, they are dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming of abused, abandoned and unwanted greyhounds and lurchers, and re-home over 500 of these special dogs every year. The show will be judged by Jesse Bishop from Severnside Veterinary Group. Categories will include Handsomest male dog, Prettiest female dog, Best puppy (under 1 year), Best Veteran (>9years), Best Rescue dog, Dog the judge would most like to take home Bring your pet pooch along & enter on the day, the dog show starts at 1pm & Rosettes awarded from 1st – 3rd place. The Gloucestershire branch of the charity will be hosting a stand at the event and will bring some dogs who are looking for their forever homes. The festival is a celebration of Forest Activities, so come along and have ago!

We are pleased to confirm that due to the success & support of the first Festival, we will be holding the second Forest Activities Festival on 26th April 2015 in the Speech House Hotel grounds. We look forward to  seeing you all there .

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The Forest Activities Festival would like to thank all who supported the first event in 2014 

Ian Gough Kicks off Forest Activities Festival

Former Wales Rugby Grand Slam winner Ian Gough was guest of honour at the first Forest Activities Festival top be held in The Speech House Hotel grounds on 27th April 2014. Ian who now plays for London Irish has made 119 Ospreys appearances after signing in the summer of 2007, represented his country on 64 occasions and won Grand Slams in 2005 and 2008. Prior to his move to the Ospreys, he made 92 appearances for the Newport Gwent Dragons and has clocked up a total of 211 regional rugby appearances since 2003. hireaheroIan was appearing in support of the charity ‘Hire a Hero’, a charity which provides practical support for Army, Navy and Air Force personnel, regardless of whether they have already left military service or are about to embark on the transitional process.


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