Forest Gate has been established as a camping and caravanning site for over 30 years. The site is in the grounds of the former Victorian Rectory, surrounded by lovely countryside, orchards and fields. The grounds occupy over 3 acres and the site is licensed by the local authority for 25 units (a unit being the space for a tent or a caravan). Click here to go to our Picture page.
We have flush toilets, hot and cold water and electric showers. There are electrical hook-ups and drinking water points around the grounds and refuse is collected daily. Fire Extinguishers are also sited strategically for your protection. We have a small log cabin just at the entrance to the site which acts as Reception and as a very small shop catering for basic needs – milk, bread, sweets, freezing your ice-packs and so on. Guests who have been with us before will note that the entrance way to the site has been changed, so that all traffic now turns left from the drive and there is no access to the house itself. Reception is manned generally from 0800 to 2000 hours (with a break for lunch) and there is an intercom by which guests may contact us if there is no-one in Reception during these hours. Arrivals after hours should use the intercom to let us know of your arrival. Guests must arrive before 2230 hours in every case.
Pets are always welcome at Forest Gate. Dogs will only be accepted by arrangement, and restricted to one dog per unit during high season and Bank Holidays. No guard dogs, or dogs that think they are guard dogs, will be accepted. Please telephone to arrange acceptance of your dog. Dogs must be kept on leads, but there are many open fields for their exercise close by (watch out for sheep).
Your stay at Forest Gate will cost £9.00 per adult per night, including a 50p per night waste disposal charge, and £4.50 per child; a child is defined as being under fourteen. Electrical hook-ups cost £4.00 a day or part-day. On Bank Holiday weekends there will be an extra charge for a separate gazebo/kitchen annex (a separate structure from the tent/caravan), and for the growing trend in huge tents which occupy two pitches (one measuring 8.00m in any direction). There is a charge for day-visitors to the site of £1.50 per day per adult visitor. It is not always necessary to book your stay at Forest Gate, but if you are able to plan ahead it is always worthwhile giving us a telephone call, especially as the weather gets warmer(!) Please remember that we never ‘cram’ people in!
We are a small, quiet camping site and need to point out that it is a condition of stay that there is no noise on the site after 1130 pm. When the site is full, there is not enough space for ball games and similar activities, and all campers are expected to ensure that their pleasures do not affect the peacefulness of others. It is always necessary to book a stay over a Bank Holiday and we will ask for a non-refundable deposit for these periods.
Forest Gate is at the gateway of the Royal Forest of Dean, ideal for walking and escaping the crowds. The rivers Severn and Wye form natural boundaries. Don’t forget that the Severn Bore comes up the River Severn, only two miles or so away, many times a year and is an amazing natural phenomenon: more details are available from the Tourist Information Centre. We are 7 miles from Gloucester with its beautiful cathedral, and Ross-on-Wye, a charming market town, is 9 miles away. We are within easy reach of the Cotswolds, the Malverns and the Black Hills, and the towns of Cheltenham, Hereford and Tewkesbury are all worth a visit. Click here for directions to Forest Gate by car or here for directions by public transport.
There is something here for everyone. You can explore historic castles, marvel at magnificent cathedrals, ramble along deserted nature trails, take drives through picturesque countryside, canoe and fish in safe waters and pony trek through beautiful woodlands. You can even have the satisfaction of picking your own fruit - it's an abundant area for raspberries, strawberries, plums and apples. There are iron-age caves, wild life parks, a falconry centre, a maze and a steam centre for the railway enthusiast. Refreshing products can be sampled at nearby cider mills and vineyards: all in this still unspoiled corner of England.
To find more detail about the Royal Forest of Dean as a holiday and tourism destination please visit the Royal Forest of Dean official Web Site at www.visitforestofdean.co.uk. We remain stout supporters of the Forest of Dean Tourism Association, which has now merged with the Wye Valley Tourism Association and is called ‘Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism Association’, and has a web site at www.wyedeantourism.co.uk. Details of other camp sites are available on http://www.e-camping-directory.com and on http://www.uk-active.co.uk. http://www.exploregloucestershire.co.uk is a strongly recommended address to extend your investigations to Gloucestershire as a whole.