So Much Going On

reviewfaf2017THOUSANDS of people got a taste of the huge range of activities that the Forest has to offer on Sunday
(April 23).
The annual Forest Activities Festival at the Speech House, near Coleford, showcases things to do in the area from bushcraft to walking football, martial arts and a variety of crafts and locally-produced food and drink.
The festival was opened by Lydney’s Paralympics triathlon gold medallist Andy Lewis.
There were many activities to try out for all the family, particularly children.
Visitor Sue James of Cinderford said: “We come as a family every year because there is so much to see and do.
“You don’t necessarily know everything that’s available so the activities festival is a really good way of finding out.”
Organiser Amanda Smith added: “It was great to see so many families enjoying the festival together in the sunshine and finding out about all of the fantastic things that the Forest of Dean has to offer.
“We would like to thanks Paralympics gold medalist Andy Lewis MBE from Lydney for opening the event, our amazing activity providers and exhibitors, Peter and Gill Hands and their team at Speech House, our sponsors, the Christian Adventure Centre for the canoe taster sessions, and our loyal exceptional helpers without whom the day would be a lot more challenging.
“And a big thank you to all the lovely people for coming year on year, supporting the event.”
If anyone would like to get involved in the event next year please get in touch at forestactivitiesfestival@gmail.com

Review Newspaper

What’s Happening?

The Forest Activities Festival will take to the grounds of The Speech House Hotel on Sunday 23 April 2017, offering locals and tourists alike a wealth of indoor and outdoor pursuits to try and showcasing some of the best of what the Forest of Dean has to offer!

winnerWe are delighted to announce that Andy Lewis MBE will be opening the Festival.
Andy who lives in Lydney lost his leg at just 16 years after a serious motorcycle accident. Instead of giving up after this life changing incident he has worked relentlessly to challenge himself and to stay fit and focused and become the best he can be. Andy competed as a Paratriathlete, & is Paralympics Gold Medalist.

20140427_112238smallWhether you’re hoping to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle or simply looking to take up a new hobby, there will be everything from archery, mountain biking, climbing walls, rocket science and bush craft to cookery, photography, golf and throwing pots on offer from a whole host of local businesses.
Some of our most popular activity providers will be at the event including Go Ape, Pedalabikeaway Forest Hills Golf Club, Taurus Crafts, Positive Impact, Whitemead Park and Forest of Dean Adventure.

DSC_0723Quirkier activity stands such as Artspace will invite you to try your hand at trapeze and circus skills, The Forestry Commission will be showcasing their new Gruffalo app, Foresters’ Forest will be launching their five year delivery stage whilst raising awareness of what makes the Forest of Dean special in terms of its built, natural and cultural heritage, there will also be lots of crafty acivities to try.
Displays, demonstrations and entertainment will be held during the day from The Sealed Knot, and Thai boxing from Master Sken Academy Or if you’d rather a less adrenaline fuelled excursion, try taking part in Walking football at the Freedom Leisure stand.

ukesMusic will not be missed out with performances from some local groups including Djabot, a Forest based African Drumming group taught and led by two fantastic Senegalese drummers, Arona Lo and Oumar Sagna. They are a community group bringing together people of all abilities and backgrounds who enjoy sharing their passion and dedication to this vibrant, infectious drumming sound, which lifts spirits and souls. They will be performaing and running a workshop if you want to try it out for yourself! We also have the Ukes Av Azzard performing as well as clog dancing, morris dancing and some fabulous community choirs.

240416-26Sports fans will be able to join the RFU will have a stand which will feature a fun passing challenge testing peoples passing accuracy, they will have plenty of freebies to give away.
Innovative and original artists, makers and designers showcase and sell their work in our arts & craft marquee with some art based workshops available to take part in including an opportunity to throw a pot or paint a pebble!

1796741_850845548333737_5577243578367724270_oThe Forest Showcase, the largest food festival in the area will be hosting their own food hall and dishing out delicious local produce. The showcase will include an eclectic mix of local food producers alongside some of the best street food you will find in the area, so come along to try, taste & buy! Local beers, cheese, chutneys, ice creams and delicious cakes will all be on sale so bring your shopping bags.

240416-45The very popular dog show will be returning at 2pm, organised by Forest of Dean Dog Rescue. 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.

Forest wellbeing 4Forest Wellbeing is an exciting new development for the Forest Activities Festival
happening for the first time this year, in the Speech House marquee.
Think of it as a chill-out area where you can go to relax, and find out about some of the wonderful activities which promote relaxation, health and wellbeing in the Forest of Dean including Float in the Forest & the Cosmic Teapot! The area will also have a series of sessions taking place throughoput the day from deep relaxation in 10 minutes, Iyengar yoga, auricular therapy, creative visualisation, neurokinetic therapy, stress busters for the busy, & energy medicine.

With the chance for visitors of all ages to explore everything the fairytale Forest of Dean has to offer, whilst raising heart rates and excitement levels to boot, the Forest Activities Festival looks set to be a real highlight in the calendar for families in particular, so come along & have a go!.

Forest Wellbeing @ the Forest Activities Festival

FW jpgForest Wellbeing is an exciting new development for the Forest Activities Festival, happening for the first time this year. The Forest Activities Festival is being held in the grounds of the Speech House Hotel on Sunday 23rd April 2017.

Think of it as a chill-out area where you can go to relax, and find out about some of the wonderful activities which promote relaxation, health and wellbeing in the Forest of Dean. Organisations that will be at the event include:

Float in the Forest, Shari & Will can tell you about the exciting new floatation centre coming soon to the Forest of Dean. Come and find out what floatation is all about, and you could win a free float!
Alba Health will be offering taster sessions / demonstrations in mini acu facials, acu pressure techniques and cupping, as well as information on traditional acupuncture and the wider range of treatments and wellbeing services provided.
The Garden Room in Lydbrook will be offering some taster sessions in hand or foot reflexology, as well as information about aromatherapy and reiki treatments.
Uniqueness Health will be on hand to tell you all about Energy Medicine, a complete system for self-care and self-help.
Forest Holistic Therapies. will be offering taster healing sessions, information about homeopathy, and about the benefits and uses of meditation.
Toni will be at the event rom TLSSMART, offering taster sessions in sports and remedial massage.Come and talk to Chris from Adfitness, who is a personal trainer and Neurokinetic Therapist.
Kishe from Wildwood Yoga will have information on her Iyengar yoga classes which take place in various venues around the Forest, and yoga equipment available to buy.
Gemma from Crow & Wild, a new wellness hub at Harts Barn, will have information about their range of treatments and classes.
Valerie is a Nutritional Therapist, and will be offering taster sessions of up to 30 minutes. Learn what nutritional therapy can do for you!
Forest Therapies will have information and taster sessions in some of many treatments, which include auricular therapy (ear acupuncture), hypnosis, past life regression, eye movement therapy, physiotherapy and Vega testing for food sensitivities.
Caroline from Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Therapy & Healing Centre is a hypnotherapist and psychotherapist, and will be offering 15 minute taster sessions.
Cheryl from Cosmic Teapot, will have information about her new spa and therapies centre at Elton, which offers private and exclusive use of a pool, hot tub and sauna for individuals, couples and groups up to six people, as well as treatments such as Reiki healing, massage, and coaching.

The area will also have a series of sessions taking place throughoput the day from deep relaxation in 10 minutes, Iyengar yoga, auricular therapy, creative visualisation, neurokinetic therapy, stress busters for the busy, & energy medicine.

Please also see the schedule for the Forest Wellbeing demonstration area on the website for more information –www.forestactivitiesfestival.co.uk/forest-wellbeing/ – lots of exciting activities to try.

There is so much available in the Forest Wellbeing marquee – come along and see for yourself!

Andy Lewis MBE to open festival

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We are delighted to announce that for the Year of Legends 2017, Andy Lewis MBE will be opening the Forest Activities Festival on Sunday 23rd April.

Andy lives in Lydney with his wife & two children. He lost his leg at just 16 years after a serious motorcycle accident. Instead of giving up after this life changing incident he has worked relentlessly to challenge himself and to stay fit and focused and become the best he can be.andy-j-lewis-winning-in-rio

Andy Lewis has not only achieved European and World Athlete status in the short time that he has competed as a Paratriathlete, but can now proudly add Paralympics Gold Medalist to his ever expanding repertoire.

We congratulate Andy on collecting his MBE at Buckingham Palace and look forward to seeing him at the ForestActivities Festival.

http://www.andyjlewis.co.uk

Ceri Large to join us

13315We are very pleased to announce that Ceri Large will be guest of honour at this years Forest Activities Festival .
Gloucester-born Ceri reckons she used to ‘live’ at her local rugby club in Drybrook with her three brothers and dad Philip, who used to turn out for Rotherham. She started there at six and 18 years later, Ceri became a 2014 World Cup winner. She has been almost ever-present for England in the past three calendar years, winning an incredible 32 caps during that time. Her rugby theme on and off the field continues because her day job is as a community rugby coach

What’s On!

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The Forest Activities Festival will take to the grounds of The Speech House Hotel on Sunday 24 April 2016, offering locals and tourists alike a wealth of indoor and outdoor pursuits to try and showcasing some of the best of what the Forest of Dean has to offer!

DSC_0611Whether you’re hoping to lead a healthier and more active lifestyle or simply looking to take up a new hobby, there will be everything from archery, mountain biking, climbing walls, rocket science and bush craft to cookery, photography, golf and throwing pots on offer from a whole host of local businesses.

Some of our most popular activity providers will be at the event including Go Ape, Pedalabikeaway Forest Hills Golf Club, Taurus Crafts and Forest of Dean Adventure.
Quirkier activity stands such as Artspace will invite you to try your hand at trapeze and circus skills, The Forestry Commission will be bringing along a giant Stickman and dog agiity course, there will also be lots of crafty acivities to try.

pedalDisplays, demonstrations and entertainment will be held during the day from 5 Valley Circus, The Sealed Knot, Thai boxing from Master Sken Academy, & Riding for the Disabled. Or if you’d rather a less adrenaline fuelled excursion, visit the Walking for Health stand and take a stroll down to the Speech House Lake.

11029896_1029161967114167_7243999782353254465_nMusic will not be missed out with performances from some local groups from Coleford Music Festival including Djabot, a Forest based African Drumming group taught and led by two fantastic Senegalese drummers, Arona Lo and Oumar Sagna.
They are a community group bringing together people of all abilities and backgrounds who enjoy sharing their passion and dedication to this vibrant, infectious drumming sound, which lifts spirits and souls. They will be performaing and running a workshop if you want to try it out for yourself!

Sports fans will be able to join the RFU who will have a stand which will feature a fun passing challenge testing peoples passing accuracy, they will have plenty of freebies to give away. The Gloucestershire football association will be attending this year & will be providing football coaching for all ages including the over 50’s with the first ‘walking football’ sessions to be held in the Forest of Dean.

12244691_192835531061623_1658703088580564534_oInnovative and original artists, makers and designers showcase and sell their work in our arts & craft marquee with some art based workshops available to take part in including an opportunity to throw a pot or paint a pebble!

eaed10_74319b18e2c901e89db57a541445f05cThe Forest Showcase, the largest food festival in the area will be hosting their own food hall and dishing out delicious local produce. The showcase will include an eclectic mix of local food producers alongside some of the best street food you will find in the area, so come along to try, taste & buy! Local ciders, cheese, chutneys, ice creams and delicious cakes will all be on sale so bring your shoppig bags.
DSC_0651The very popular dog show will be returning at 2pm, organised by Forest of Dean Dog Rescue. 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.

With the chance for visitors of all ages to explore everything the fairytale Forest of Dean has to offer, whilst raising heart rates and excitement levels to boot, the Forest Activities Festival looks set to be a real highlight in the calendar for families in particular, so come along & have a go!.
Entry £3 Adults U 16’s £2. More information http://www.forestactivitiesfestival.co.uk

River Festival is fast flowing and fabulous

From its spectacular launch in Hereford on April 29 to the fantastic finale at Chepstow on May 15, The Wye Valley River Festival promises an artistic outpRichard, Roger and sturgeon.jpgouring of song, story and spectacle celebrating the River Wye and its connections to rivers and people around the world.

Under the theme Global Arteries, this year’s deluge of creativity is inspired by the
landscape of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The fast-flowing and fabulous programme of free events will provide fun for all the family, with fire and flame, music, choirs, shows, performances, art installations and more.

The focus of this festival is a travelling performance and activity space – the Wye Serai which will be visiting locations along the river during the festival. Then there are the river characters, the Water Ones, wrangling in a comic chaos of pouring and spilling, singing and dancing. At the heart of the Wye Serai is the Giant Samovar, capturing the joys of abundant fresh water and celebrating that Water is Life!

The Wye Serai is created around three intriguing caravans: The Caravan of Myths and Legends; The Caravan of Curiosities and Hydrosities and The Caravan of Fact and Wonder. There’s also The Arts & Environment (A&E) River Health Check Laboratory, conducting a comic river health check with serious intentions and making a special advance appearance at the Forest Activities Festival.

The biennial Wye Valley River Festival is led by the Wye Valley AONB unit and arts professionals collaborating with local communities. An exciting partnership of actors, singers, musicians and dancers will bring to life the festival’s central narrative, sweeping downstream creating magic, mayhem and laughter, under the artistic directorship of the Desperate Men.

Visit http://www.wyevalleyaonb.org.uk for more information; follow on Twitter: @wyebeauty #wyevalleyriverfestival; like the festival on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ wyevalleyriverfestival or pick up a programme from local tourist attractions and information centres.
Richard, Roger and sturgeon: Desperate Men’s Richard Headon and Roger Drury tussle with a sturgeon outside The Caravan of Myths and Legends Photo: Puzzlewood/David Broadbent

Do you have a perfect pooch?

DSC_0651The very popular family fun dog show will take place again at the third Forest Activities Festival which will be held in the Speech House Hotel grounds, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire on 24th April 2016.
The dog show is being organised for the first time by Forest of Dean Dog Rescue & all proceeds from the dog show will go towards helping their work..They are a Community Group of like-minded people dedicated to rescuing unwanted and/or abandoned dogs in the Forest of Dean and surrounding area. These dogs are given any necessary medical treatment, vaccinated and neutered before being rehomed to carefully checked homes
Categories for the dog show which is just a bit of fun 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 2pm & Rosettes awarded for the best in each category..

The group will also be hosting a stand at the event and will bring some dogs who are looking for their forever homes. There will also be a ‘Have a go’ dog agility course from the Forestry Commission & plenty of doggie treats.

NEWS

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.