We are looking for a family to visit FREE for whole year.

The Dean Heritage Centre has an ongoing programme of improvements and we need YOU to come and enjoy the Centre all year long and tell us how we’re doing.

We will give 1 family a free season ticket to enjoy:

  • Visiting the museum – both inside stories and outside spaces
  • Viewing the Forester’s cottage, Charcoal burners camp and freemine in the grounds
  • Walking the trail – watch as it changes with the seasons
  • Playing in the playground, over the wobbly bridge
  • Picnic in the grounds
  • Having a go at the craft activities
  • Seeing the current exhibitions, both downstairs are and upstairs in Gallery 41
  • Researching the history of your local family or your house in the Gage library
  • Enjoying food and drink in the cafe
  • Come to events

Make a day of it or drop in for an hour or two, come for a picnic or one of our special events. We have different exhibitions and events all year round.

All we ask is that you fill in a questionnaire about your visit and let us know about your experience so we can make sure our improvements are on track.

To apply to be our family, please fill in the form below. If you tick to receive our newsletter, we’ll keep you up to date on what is happening at the Centre as well as offers and events. If you don’t have younger children, do sign up for the newsletter anyway – we may need other people in the future and feedback is welcome at any time – the Dean Heritage Centre aims to be the best possible Centre for our community and visitors interested in the Heritage of the Forest of Dean.


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Based in Soudley in the Forest of Dean, the Dean Heritage Centre is one of Gloucestershire’s leading attractions. Set across a stunning and interactive five acre site, the centre protects and preserves the unique history and heritage of the beautiful Forest of Dean while presenting the story of this fascinating area in a way that will engage visitors of all ages.

From the indoor museum, the outside exhibits, trail, playground, exhibitions, the centre appeals to historians and families alike.

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 Forester’s cottage; a charcoal burner’s camp; a woodland playground; chainsaw carving demonstrations; an onsite gift shop and cafe there’s always something new and exciting to interest, inspire and surprise you.

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

To find our more about visiting the Dean Heritage Centre, visit the main website:

or telephone 01594 822170