Start 2024 Right: Events in Forest of Dean and Wye Valley this January and February

The Forest of Dean and Wye Valley, a region steeped in natural beauty and cultural richness, offers a diverse range of events to start off 2024. Here’s a curated list to help you plan your visit.

Art and Photography Exhibitions

Delve into the world of avian and wildlife beauty with two spectacular photography exhibitions at the Nature in Art – Museum and Gallery at Wallsworth Hall. These exhibitions are not just visually stunning but are a testament to the beauty and diversity of the natural world.

Bird Photographer of the Year Exhibition: 19th December 2023 – 21st January 2024

Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition: 6th February – 7th April 2024

Creative Workshops

For those who love to create with their hands, the Potter’s Wheel Workshops at Eastnor Pottery and The Flying Potter offer a unique opportunity to learn and hone pottery skills. Ideal for both beginners and seasoned potters, these workshops are a perfect blend of creativity and relaxation.

1 day workshops: 6th/13th/17th of January and 3rd/10th/21st of February.

Weekend courses: 27th of January and 24th of February.

Outdoor and Nature Events

If you’re a nature enthusiast, we have perfect line-up of events for you at our very own Tudor Farmhouse Hotel. Delight in the serenity of the great outdoors with the Nature Retreat, led by renowned naturalist Ed Drewitt. This retreat at Tudor Farmhouse Hotel is an exquisite opportunity to reconnect with nature and experience its soothing embrace.

For adventurers seeking a more dynamic engagement with the natural world, the Wildlife Safaris, Dawn Chorus Walks and Stargazing Safari present unparalleled opportunities to explore and appreciate the stunning natural beauty of the region.

Nature Retreat: 19th – 21st February 2024

Stargazing Safari: 3rd of February 6pm-8pm

Wildlife Safari and Dawn Chorus Bird Walks: 6th of January (wildlife safari) plus private bookings available.


Experience the thrill of horse racing at Chepstow Racecourse, where you can enjoy 2 for 1 race days. This is a perfect opportunity for sports enthusiasts to witness the excitement and energy of live racing events.

2 for 1 Race Days: 7th, 16th, 30th January

Cultural and Celebrity Talks

Gain insights and enjoy an evening with notable personalities like Shane Williams and Gail Porter. These events are a chance to hear stories, experiences, and perhaps draw inspiration from their journeys.

An Evening with Shane Williams: The Blake Theatre 31st January 7:30pm

Gail Porter: Hung Drawn and Portered: The Savoy Theatre 22nd of February 7:30 pm

Family Days

For a family-friendly adventure, Puzzlewood and Perrygrove offer magical experiences. Puzzlewood, with its enchanting forest setting, is ideal for a family day out. Similarly, Perrygrove Railway offers fun-filled train rides that are sure to delight both young and old.

Perrygrove Railway: Operating days Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends.

Puzzlewood: Open 10th – 19th & 24th – 26th February only.

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.