Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail

Day trips

Ages:

  • All The Family
  • Adults

Venue:

Outdoor

Cost:

Free

Description

A unique collection of world class, contemporary sculpture, both permanent and temporary, within the Forest of Dean.

The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trust and The Forestry Commission have worked in partnership for the last 30 years to create this vital Sculpture Trail that enjoys visitors of over 300,000 people per year. We rely on donations and fundraising to commission new works for the trail.

We invite visitors to enjoy the works on a wide range of levels. You will not find labels and information on the route, but instead are encouraged to investigate the sculptures in your own way.

You, of course, will bring with you your own stories, narratives and experiences which will influence the way you encounter these artworks in the forest. We hope you enjoy them now and come back again soon – either in another season (as these sculptures enjoy ever-changing visual contexts) or to see the new works as they appear over the next phase of commissioning.

The Sculpture Trail starts and ends at the rear of the Forestry Commission, Beechenhurst picnic site, west of Speech House in the heart of the Forest. The full Sculpture Trail is about 4.5 miles long. It can also be explored in a series of shorter distances. Follow the blue ringed posts and direction arrows.

We are open from dawn to dusk daily, every day of the year.

Entry is free of charge.

MAP

A Sculpture Trail walking map is sold by the Forestry Commission for £1, this is available at Beechenhurst’s café or the ranger hatch on site when open. Alternatively you can download and print a copy of the map in advance of your visit: click here

BEECHENHURST CAFE

Beechenhurst Cafe is a Forestry Commission Visitor Centre and includes a café, picnic site, toilets including baby changing and disabled facilities and a playground. Visit the Forestry Commission website for more information.

CAR PARKING

Pay and Display parking operates at Beechenhurst, monies raised are essential for site maintenance and improvements. Please bring the correct change with you as the Pay & Display machines do not currently take card payments. For details and prices see here.

Open hours

MondayAll day
TuesdayAll day
WednesdayAll day
ThursdayAll day
FridayAll day
SaturdayAll day
SundayAll day