This weekend we went to Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean.
Sounds ages away doesn’t it? The Forest of Dean is in Gloucestershire after all. But Puzzlewood is actually only an hour away from Cardiff. A few minutes outside of Monmouth. If you’re looking for something to do this summer I would really recommend spending the day here.
Puzzlewood is basically a forest. But it’s like an enchanted forest from a fairytale. In fact Puzzlewood is said to have inspired JRR Tolkein in his descriptions of Middle Earth in The Lord of the Rings. It’s also been used to film loads of films and TV programmes, including Star Wars, Dr Who and Merlin. My little Jedi had a great time playing with his Star Wars figures while we were there. He also loved finding the hidden wicker seats, lookouts and the ‘magic door’ hidden in the wood.
Puzzlewood covers around a mile and we spent almost two hours exploring all the nooks and crannies. A word of warning though, no pushchairs are allowed (we took the baby carrier) and it’s very uneven and quite muddy in places so wear sensible shoes.
Puzzlewood also has a small petting zoo, a wicker maze, a small cafe and loads of picnic benches. It’s really worth checking out if you’re looking for a day out.
Entry to Puzzlewood costs £6.50 for adults and £5.50 for children aged 3-16. Under twos are free.
We paid in full for our entry to Puzzlewood and the venue was not aware I’d be blogging about them.