Enjoy a leisurely stroll along a waymarked route, go on a long-distance horse ride or discover the forest by bike.
There is a family picnic area with plenty of picnic tables and there are also some barbecues which are free to use.
Experience stars in the night sky like never before when visiting Great Wood this winter. Download your beginner's guide to stargazing, then visit our family-friendly "Why stars matter" trail to bring the night sky to life and become a forest-star!
Explore Great Wood on the Red Walk
Spend some time exploring the nooks and crannies of Great Wood and admire some majestic Douglas fir along the 2 mile red walk, which is ideal for families.
Bring your bike and head out into the forest for a leisurely cycle. We don't have waymarked cycle routes but there are plenty of bridleways and forest roads to explore on two wheels.
Explore the forest on horse back.
Enjoy a BBQ or relaxing picnic with the family.
Great Wood is a wonderful place to spot a variety of wildlife such as Red Deer, Ravens, Buzzards, Pied Flycatchers, Crossbills and a lot more besides.
Organising an event
If you wish to organise an event on Forestry Commission land you will need our permission. We need to check that the event is properly organised, has adequate insurance cover and doesn't clash with other events or forest operations. Please give as much notice as possible, we require at least eight weeks. Other activities may also require permission, including dog sleds, charity challenges and walking events.
There is a small events room available to hire at Great Wood, which is suitable for groups such as schools, youth groups and organisations running activities in the forest.
Download this application form to hold an event in Great Wood, or alternatively please call us on 0300 067 4800. Send your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or send to West England Forest District Permissions, Bank House, Coleford, Glos, G116 8BA