June Events Guide 2024: What’s Happening in Forest of Dean & Wye Valley

Surely we will see some warmer weather in June! Regardless of what the weather holds for us, there is plenty to keep you busy in the Forest of Dean & Wye Valley.

Arts and Crafts

Kodama Sculptures by Ed Elliott

Everyday is pure magic at Puzzlewood, but this summer something new is making its way to the ancient woodlands – ‘Kodama.’

Puzzlewood is pleased to host world-renowned artist, Ed Elliott’s latest sculptural work, ‘Kodama,’ featuring more than 100 newly created, and many never-before-seen, sculptures. 

Found in Japanese folklore, Kodama are tree spirits that inhabit trees, and the term is also used to denote a tree in which a Kodama resides. As one of the world’s incredibly rare temperate rainforests, Puzzlewood’s otherworldly landscape is the perfect backdrop to Elliott’s art.
Puzzlewood has always been a source of wonder over the centuries, especially filmmakers, but this is the first time the art has been so uniquely incorporated into the wood itself. 

Elliott masterfully positions each little sprite into just the right bend of tree root, or cushion of moss to make the visitor feel there are wood spirits all around them. 

The installation will open to the public on 5 June and run until July.
With Elliotts’ work exhibiting widely across the UK and abroad, and the number of visitors limited to protect the woodland, this unique installation is expected to sell out quickly. Visitors are encouraged to secure their tickets online. 

All works of art will be on sale for those who want to take a bit of magic home with the

Crafternoon Teas – Textile Landscapes

Come along for a fun session with Jen from Sew Forest of Dean who will guide you through making your own textile landscape picture. Suitable for all abilities, including beginners, Jen will provide everything you need including the frame to mount your beautiful artwork. Sewing machines and all fabrics will be provided too, so a wonderful opportunity to just come along and play! This will be followed by a traditional afternoon tea.

Nature and Wildlife.

Wildlife Safari at Tudor Farmhouse Hotel June 29th: For the perfect adventure for wildlife lovers, join local naturalist Ed Drewitt for a wildlife safari where you can discover the hidden lives of local fauna in their natural habitats with a charcuterie board & glass of house wine at the hotel included.

Outdoor Activities.

King Arthur’s Wye Valley Wander If you love history, legends, and nature, this guided walk near Monmouth in the Wye Valley is for you. Meander along the River Wye, enjoy beautiful, scenic views and have fun crossing the wibbly wobbly rope bridge at Biblins.

Food and Drink

Wine Tasting at White Castle  is a wonderful opportunity to experience first hand an award winning Welsh Vineyard. They make without a doubt the best local red wine that we have tasted.

Mead Making with Hive Mind Make your own mead with the meadmaking experts at Hive Mind Mead & Brew Co. in Caldicot, Monmouthshire. You’ll learn all about the meadmaking process, then make 4.5 litres of your own mead to take home.

This guide offers just a glimpse into the myriad of experiences awaiting you in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. Whether you’re here for the photography exhibitions, creative workshops, or the enchanting outdoor activities, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel adds that extra touch of tranquility to your stay. Book your stay and immerse yourself in the beauty and excitement of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.