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Whitemead Forest Park

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Whitemead Forest Park: Aerial shot of the hardstanding and the tent pitches

General

  • Well-equipped park just outside Parkend in the Forest of Dean
  • Puzzlewood and Clearwell Caves within a 10-minute drive
  • Indoor swimming pool, spa area, restaurant and kids' activities

As you’d expect from the name, Whitemead Forest Park is surrounded by woodland. And not just any old woodland... but the age-old Forest of Dean, one-time stamping ground of the royals and their pals.

It’s not hard to see why the regal types would flock to this part of Gloucestershire – the surrounds are most scenic, and packed with plenty of things to do including days of wandering among ancient trees (on foot, on bikes or on horseback), exploring spooky caves and riding rural railways.

So far, so peaceful… and that vibe is stretched out to the park’s facilities too, which include a free gym, sauna, steam room and spa pools.

And if you’re in charge of kids that have more active plans in mind? Such scenarios are sorted too: the indoor swimming pool has a kids’ area, and there are also several outdoor play areas scattered around the site. Through the summer holidays, the park’s all abuzz with various activities they can join in with (for an extra charge).

Despite all this activity, there’s little chance of going hungry here – the restaurant serves all day from breakfast to dinner (via afternoon tea…) with a couple of bars also on hand to provide the drinks and entertainment. If you’d like to venture out, there are a couple of pubs in the nearby village of Parkend (10 minutes’ walk) and lots of restaurants and shops in Lydney (10 minutes’ drive).

Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award

Please note

The park does not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Breed-specific legislation (i.e. Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, and Fila Brasileiro).

At least one of the party members must be aged 21 or over.

No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.

Bookings must not be for more than 21 consecutive nights.

Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.


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Reviews

9.5

Overall rating based on 340 reviews

 

98% would recommend this park to a friend.

96% would stay here again.

  89% described as Bush ?

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Lovely peaceful location09/26/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDenise T.Confirmed

  • Powered gravel and cement/asphalt travel trailer site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Fantastic location for dog walking, cycling or hiking. The site has plenty to offer for all. We didn't use the pool so cannot comment on that, however we did use the restaurant for a takeaway which was lovely.

    The shower facilities were excellent. Clean, tidy and a lovely powerful shower.

    Disliked: 

    The pitch was dirty upon arrival. Rubbish in the hedges and the grass hadn't been cut. However, we did arrive on the day of the Queens funeral so I am going to assume staff were rightfully so otherwise engaged.

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Better than expected lots on offer staff helpfull and friendly everywg09/26/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass tent site
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    Excellent park definitely going bk

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Site good plenty too do09/21/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSimon D.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Site good plenty too do

    Disliked: 

    Tent pitch nit short of grass n mud but e d of season.

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Lovely clean place09/20/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomJennifer R.Confirmed

  • Powered gravel and cement/asphalt travel trailer site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Beautiful and clean, lots of lovely places to walk.
    Nice swimming facilities.
    Very clean toilets and showers.
    Friendly staff.

    Disliked: 

    Evening food. Menu not very large and overpriced for what they are.
    Our food was overcooked and after asking others, was advised evening menu is usually a disappointment.
    Would like evening entertainment but it is not on often.

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Loved the site will definately be back.09/19/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKelly T.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Cleanliness, facilities, how pretty it was, spacious, forest walks

    Disliked: 

    Nothing apart from couldn't take dogs in bar so couldn't use it on an evening.

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Facilities, ping pong, badminton, pool (swimming and playing), mini-golf, football …09/18/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAndrea B.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Facilities, ping pong, badminton, pool (swimming and playing), mini-golf, football and basketball pitches, all day food. Close to pubs, lovely countryside and bike trails.

    Disliked: 

    Shame spa baths weren't working in the pool. Plus pool changing rooms could be slightly cleaner.

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This was our 2nd stay at Whitemead and it didn't …09/17/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomSteven W.Confirmed

  • Powered gravel and cement/asphalt travel trailer site
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    This was our 2nd stay at Whitemead and it didn't disapoint . The site is well laid out and very clean, the facilities were spotless . The best part is the pool and steam room , even if its a bad weather day this is somewhere that you can go. The surrounding area is a great place to go walking and cycling, watch out for the wild boar and deer.
    Great site highly reccomend

    Disliked: 

    Little bit of noise late at night from people sat outside drinking

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Location is ideal as surrounded by woods, great to have …09/13/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomKate A.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered gravel and cement/asphalt travel trailer site
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    Location is ideal as surrounded by woods, great to have indoor pool, shop, restaurant etc & activities for kids. Staff friendly & helpful. Toilets & shower blocks very good condition

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Swimming pool excellent09/12/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomDavid L.Mobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass tent site
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  • Liked: 

    Park very nice facilities

    Disliked: 

    The tent pitch was 25 meters away from electrical hook up, pitch wasn’t very level

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Great site, very clean and will be back!09/11/2022

Reviewer's country: United KingdomAnonymousMobile phone iconConfirmed

  • Powered grass tent site
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very clean shower and toilet facilities.
    Small play zone in the restaurant/bar area for younger children, including a infant suitable park with a park for older children separate.
    Pool times weren’t restricted with family changing area.

    Disliked: 

    The pitch we were on became extremely boggy and flooded as blocked in by large trees so despite some sun it didn’t dry, was a slip hazard throughout preventing the little one being able to play outside the tent.
    Would be a perfect area for the shading the summer sun but not great in torrential rain.

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Features

Coronavirus

Hand sanitizing stations

Shared spaces: more frequent cleaning

We're Good To Go (VisitBritain accreditation)

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Hot tub

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Playground

Recreation room/arcade

TV room

Takeout

Tennis

Watersports

Amenities on park

Bath available

Car parking by site/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Laundromat

Parent & baby washroom

Payphone

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Restrooms

Shower available

Washing-up area

Wifi

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Rules

Barbecue grills allowed

Barbecue provided

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Camping 2.0

Camping pods

Themes

Bush

Gastronomic delight

Hikers’ paradise

Peaceful

Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Wildlife haven

Utilities

Charging facilities

Dump station

Electric car charging point(s)

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Dog walk nearby

Public transportation nearby

Type

Large (51-200 sites)

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Touring and motorhomes

Water hook-up points for caravans

Location

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  • Parkend, Lydney, Gloucestershire, England, GL15 4LA
  • Timezone Europe/London +0100 (GMT+01:00)   GPS 51.7678°N 2.5643°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Bus Station — 7.3 miles
Bus Station — 10.0 miles
Cantilupe Road — 10.1 miles
Train stations
Lydney Rail Station — 4.0 miles
Cam & Dursley Rail Station — 9.5 miles
Chepstow Rail Station — 10.0 miles
Ferry ports
Sharpness Old Docks — 4.6 miles
Lydney Harbour — 4.7 miles
Bristol Docks Ferry Landing — 19.2 miles
Airports
Gloucestershire Airport — 19.4 miles
Bristol International Airport — 27.1 miles

Directions


Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

For those seeking a bit of peace and quiet, there are stacks of splendid trails around the Forest of Dean to ramble or ride bikes along (and a bike hire place a few minutes’ walk away in Parkend if you need it). Should the kids demand more from their woodland outings, take them along to seek out dragons and unicorns along the themed trails at Puzzlewood, or launch themselves into the air on the ziplines and high ropes courses at Go Ape; both are 10 minutes away by car.

Much of the area’s attraction is linked to its natural good looks, but there’s also manmade interest in the form of the miners’ caverns at Clearwell Caves and the puffing steam trains of the Dean Forest Railway (both 10 minutes' drive).

In the unlikely event that you tire of this scenery, head west to the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for days visiting Goodrich Castle (20 minutes) and the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo (25 minutes), or canoeing from Symonds Yat (25 minutes).

Must see

  • WWT Slimbridge Wetlands Centre (7.1 miles)
  • Berkeley Castle (7.1 miles)
  • Caldicot Castle & Country Park (7.2 miles)

National Trust

  • The Kymin (6.1 miles)
  • Westbury Court Garden (7.5 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

RV, travel trailer and tent sites
Arrive:  2 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  11 a.m.
On-park accommodation
Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
Depart by:  10 a.m.

Whitemead Forest Park cancelation policy

No refunds within 2 weeks of arrival date.

Bookings cannot be amended within 14 day(s) of arrival.

No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancelations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Whitemead Forest Park will debit the balance from your card 4 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 4 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.

You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking, or at any point before the due date.

Payment methods accepted at the park

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Terms and conditions

Park booking terms and conditions

  • Does Whitemead Forest Park have a swimming pool? Yes View all features
  • Is Whitemead Forest Park dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Whitemead Forest Park? For those seeking a bit of peace and quiet, there are stacks of splendid trails around the Forest of Dean to ramble or ride bikes along (and a bike hire place a … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Whitemead Forest Park?
    RV, travel trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  2 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  11 a.m.
    On-park accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  7 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
    Read more
  • How much does it cost to stay at Whitemead Forest Park? From $19.86 (for 1 night, 6 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability

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