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The Forest of Dean - Tinsel & Turkey

The Forest of Dean - Tinsel & Turkey

Between the Rivers Severne and Wye lies the mysterious and isolated Forest of Dean. An area with a srtrong sense of local history and culture with some fascinating attractions.


Between the Rivers Severne and Wye lies the mysterious and isolated Forest of Dean. An area with a srtrong sense of local history and culture with some fascinating attractions.

Bordered to the South by mighty River Severn, and to the West by the stunning gorge of the River Wye, the Forest of Dean appears isolated from the surrounding countryside.  This feeling is enhanced even more by its dense covering of woodland that has resulted in a strong sense of local history and culture. It was an area of industrial activity – now nature has reclaimed much of these workings and a thriving tourist industry has been established. For over 250 years artists, writers and poets have visited the area as part of the Wye Tour - both Dennis Potter and J K Rowling were brought up locally and inspired by the forest.


Stay at the elegant Bell's Hotel & Country Club in Coleford, located right at the heart of The Forest of Dean, which includes a programme of festively themed meals and an entertainment programme that will get you in the mood for the coming Christmas celebrations.


Monday - Morning departure from Dorset, across the Severn into the Wye Valley to Tintern for lunch. Time to view the ruined abbey or visit the craft village. Continue to Coleford where "Christmas Eve" is planned: Mulled wine & mince pies on arrival - A delicious 3 course dinner - followed by time to socialise in the clubhouse bar.

Tuesday - Visit Monmouth, an ancient market town situated on the Wye which is crossed by the fortified Monnow Bridge. It has many narrow streets filled with unique shops and plenty of history. In the afternoon drive to nearby Ross-on-Wye, a town of Tudor buildings - a postcard waiting to be photographed. Back at the hotel we celebrate "Christmas Day": A 3 course Christmas dinner with all the trimmings - Santa will visit with a gift - followed by musical entertainment.

Wednesday - "The Royal Forest Route" - a drive through the mysterious Forest of Dean, a former royal hunting ground with a seductive charm and stunning landscapes. Visits include The Dean Heritage Centre (an introduction to the Forest) - passing The Speech House (built 1676) - to Symonds Yat Rock Viewpoint (the internationally famous panorama of the River Wye). This evening sit down to our "Boxing Day": Another 3 course dinner - then entertainment of a musical or even magical quality.

Thursday - Morning visit to Chepstow with its imposing castle and preserved town walls. Later drive up the Severn Valley into Gloucester - the city is packed full of treasures: The Historic Docks, Waterways Museum, The Antiques Centre, not to mention the medieval Cathedral and fantastic Christmas shopping. Back at the hotel you will enjoy a Bucks Fizz before your "New Years Eve": A 3 course dinner with musical entertainment and ringing in the New Year (at 10pm!)

Friday - Homewards bound via Clarks shopping village at Street. Return to Dorset by late afternoon.

B, D

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner


Traditional elegant style and modern conveniences ensure your stay at Bells is as relaxing and indulgent as possible. Situated overlooking the pretty town, it even offers its own golf course. All 50+ bedrooms provide private bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, TV, phone, iron/board, tea tray and free wifi - no lift but only ground and first floor bedrooms. Potters Restaurant guards a local reputation for quality food and drink. The Clubhouse Bar is a great place to socialise and hosts an entertainment programme which is festively themed to get you in the mood for the approaching Christmas period. 


TOUR PRICE: £429.00 Per Person.

Single room supplement: £40.00


Price includes: All coach travel, 4 nights accommodation, Half board meals, Turkey & Tinsel entertainment, Porterage, Entry to Puzzle Wood, Entry to Dean Heritage.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Beaminster Area Convenient local point in Beaminster to be advised
Blandford Area Convenient local point in Blandford to be advised
Bournemouth Area Convenient point in Bournemouth to be advised
Branksome Area Convenient point in Branksome to be advised
Bridport Area Convenient local point in Bridport to be advised
Britannia Inn Britannia Inn, Fortuneswell, Portland
Charlestown The Alexandra Inn, Chickerell Road, Charlestown
Chickerell Bluebird Garage, Chickerell Road
Corfe Castle Convenient point in Corfe Castle to be advised
Courtlands Portland, Courtlands bus stop
Dorchester TOT Top O'Town Car Park (by cafe), Dorchester
Easton Easton Square, Portland
Ferndown Area Convenient local point in Ferndown to be advised
Foords Corner Foords Corner bus stop, Wyke Regis
Jestys Avenue Bus stop end of Jestys Avenue on Littlemoor Road
Littlemead Broadwey, Littlemead bus stop (Swan Inn)
Lodmoor Hill Lodmoor Hill Bus Stop (near Post Office)
Lyme Regis Convenient local point in Lyme Regis to be advised
Lyndale bus stop Wyke Regis, Lyndale Bus Stop
Nottington Broadwey, Nottington Corner bus stop
Poole Area Convenient local point in Poole to be advised
Poundbury QMSE Poundbury Queen Mother Square bus stop
(Coach heading into Dorchester)
Radipole Spa Hotel bus stop, Radipole
Redlands Redlands, Opposite Garage
Ringwood Area Convenient local point in Ringwood to be advised
Rodwell Rodwell Traffic Lights, Rodwell Rd/Rodwell Ave
Sgt Bunn St Bunn Bakery, Lanehouse Rocks Road
Sherborne Area Convenient local point in Sherborne to be advised
Southwell Portland, Southwell, Opposite Eight Kings Inn
St Edmunds Church St Edmunds Church, Lanehouse Rocks Road
St Johns Church Weymouth, St Johns Church, outside Dentist
St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Church, Buxton Road, Weymouth
Sturminster Newton Area Convenient point in Stur. Newton to be advised
Swanage Area Convenient local point in Swanage to be advised
To be advised To be advised - Approx. 2 weeks before travel
Upton Area Convenient local point in Upton to be advised
Victoria Square Victoria Square bus stop, Portland
Wareham Area Convenient local point in Wareham to be advised
Westwey Road Westwey Rd, Magistrates Court, Weymouth
Weymouth Bluebird Weymouth, Outside Bluebird Office,
K1 bus stop
Wimborne Area Convenient local point in Wimborne to be advised
Wool Area Convenient local point in Wool to be advised
Wyke Smuggler Smugglers Inn, Wyke Regis
Yeovil Area Convenient local point in Yeovil to be advised
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