The Secret Forest, Clearwell

#6 of 8 in Nature in Gloucestershire
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  • Stopped of here after visiting clearwell cave (it's across the road). £10 for 2 adults and 2 children seemed a fair price. Took about 30 minutes to walk around. The animal exhibits are straight out of...  more »
  • Visited with three children one of which was in a buggy - the place is easy to find and has a castle like entrance, albeit the place is in need of a good paint and spruce up, its evident if the hard w...  more »
  • We saw the fairy trail advertised, And thought it would be a good idea as a day out with the children(aged between 2-14 years old) in the summer holidays. Travelled an 1hr 30 mins to get there. The fo...  more »
  • Good place for children to go to. It's not a long walk through the woods (less than a mile) but there are fairies to look out for and count, so it gets them engaged. At the end of the walk there is an old iron age reconstruction of a mud and straw huts that you can go inside, a tea room with nice fresh sandwiches and some small animals and farm birds to see. Dogs are allowed if on lead, but do be careful at the tea room as the chickens and turkeys are running around. Entry fee was £3. Not suitable for wheelchairs due to the wooded walks being natural and rough. Decent flat shoes recommended. Toilets are available but it's like getting back to nature!
  • Very beautiful walk through the forest. Bit short really, even by following the long route... Unless I we went the wrong way. Lovely iron village and cozy tearoom. It felt like visiting new neighbours for tea and cookie rather than a business.
  • Cheap and cheerful, kept my two young daughters interested for a couple of hours. The Scowles/forest was lovely and cafe despite being dated was fine. Counting and finding the fairies was the highlight for my 5 year old.
  • The staff were great and gave us a brief history of the site before entry which was very interesting. The site is fun to explore and fun for all the family. I would highly recommend a visit to see the ironage village.
  • Ok lets sum this place up ... We travelled from Cheltenham to take our girls to visit some fairies. On entry payment was very cheap but unfortunately it was one of those situations where you get what you pay for. The forest itself was very pretty with twisting tree's and twirling paths almost a smaller version of puzzlewood. That is the best of it I'm afraid. The fairies looked like washed out barbies and kens with wings ( quite creepy actually). The walk lasted about 15 minutes before we reached the end. The play park was very run down and the cafe served rubbish food and served basic instant coffee. As for the animals... They were in enclosures too small and definitely were not looked after properly. It's a Shame because you could do so much more with this place. My advice don't bother!

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