The Dean Heritage Centre
Gateway to the Forest of Dean

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The Dean Heritage Centre is the perfect place for a fun, family day out. With five acres to explore, the centre has something for everyone and a variety of interesting and unique attractions set against a spectacular forest backdrop.



With a full programme of special events, exhibitions and art shows, there's always something new and exciting to interest, inspire or surprise you.


The Centre offers a range of fun and interactive workshops for schools and groups throughout the year. Learning packages can be tailored to meet all of your school requirements.


With around 20,000 artefacts, 5 onsite galleries, outdoor displays, a research library and guided tours on offer, the museum tells the story of the Forest from the Ice Age to the present day.


The Centre is a registered charity and your donations help us to provide educational activities, events, exhibitions and community outreach to preserve the unique history and heritage of the Forest of Dean.

What's On at the Dean Heritage Centre

Summer Programme

17th July to 31st August

This summer will be great fun at the DHC as we've put together a great programme of family workshops for you to enjoy over the holidays. You can have a go at willow weaving, making great presents with leather, eco-printing, 3D workshops (this is a real treat and a new workshop for the summer) plus circus workshops. All of this plus the world's first The Very Hungry Caterpillar Woodland Trail, an 18th Century Mill, ferret walking and a woodland playground.

The Dragons are back this Summer!

15th August to 16th August

Back by popular demand are the Welsh Dragons!

Save the date in your diary as we will be having baby dragons arriving at the Heritage Centre.

The weekend will feature your chance to meet the dragons, listen to amazing tales of our dragon friends and take part in dragon related fun all weekend.

Dean Heritage Centre Charcoal Festival

29th to 31st August

Our second charcoal burn of the year will feature a bit of everything that we love about the forest. Watch this space as there will be more details on this site and in the local press.

Yorkley Roman Coin Hoard Exhibition

24th July 2015

This new permanent exhibition will feature our latest aquisition 'The Yorkley Roman Coin Hoard'.

Art Exhibitions

6th June - 19th July

Alex Pownall / Caroline Silverwood Taylor

25th July - 6th September

Amanda Cox

12th September - 25th October

Graham Wilde

Gallery 41

19th June - 13th September

Bream Gardening Society

18th September - 13th December

Rugby Exhibition

18th December - 13th March 2016

Charter of the Forest

Look out for the yellow signs when you get to Soudley and if the car park is full then please use the overflow car park in Soudley School (if this is full, then please do be careful where you park to ensure your families and others safety).




What is the Dean Heritage Centre

The Dean Heritage Centre is one of Gloucestershire's leading attractions. Set across a stunning and fully interactive five acre site, the centre protects and preserves the unique history and heritage of the beautiful Forest of Dean.


With a wide range of things to do and see, including five onsite galleries exploring the history of the Forest from the Ice Age to the present day; a reconstructed Victorian cottage; a charcoal burner's camp; an adventure playground; chainsaw carving demonstrations; a variety of animals, an onsite gift shop and cafe there's always something new and exciting to interest, inspire and surprise you.


With a full programme of special events, exhibitions, art shows and educational workshops across the year, it's a great day out for all the family.



Please note that only guide and assistance dogs are allowed within the grounds and galleries of the DHC. They are more than welcome on the terrace of our cafe and can be taken on lovely walks around Soudley Ponds or the Bradley Hill Trail



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