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Welcome to the Wilderness
Abseiling off the roof
Abseiling off the roof
Archery - Instructor's demonstration before the children get stuck in
Arts and crafts
Den building
Pre-canoeing preparation
Indoor climbing wall
Indoor climbing wall
Crate stack
Mini beasts
Orienteering navigation point
Orienteering navigation point
Arts and crafts
Problem solving
Another problem to solve
Team building - night line
Saxon boy
Another Saxon boy
Saxon man!
Down time
Down time
Down time
Dinner time
Forest walk
Camping field
The Saxon House and stones
The farm room
Main house at the Wilderness Centre
Main house - King John's House
Picnic lunch - not a bad view!
Just one of our views from the house
The geography lab
The biology lab / art room
A residential birthday at the Wilderness
Abseiling off the roof
Abseiling off the roof
Archery - Instructor's demonstration before the children get stuck in

The Wilderness Centre, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire

8 - 80 19 Bed

Residential fully catered activity centre and camping village sleeping 80 for large youth and school groups in the Forest of Dean

Holiday Rental for Groups of Families and Friends. The Wilderness Centre, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, sleeps 8 - 80 in 19 bedrooms.

The Wilderness Centre is an outdoor education residential and day facility offering on-site and off-site activities to encourage and build confidence. Set on the edge of the Forest of Dean on top of Plump Hill, the views are spectacular! This is a stunning location with fields, forest and wildlife all around.
We offer facilities for mixed groups and/or exclusive hire. Boy/girl groups can be separated. We offer 10 bedroomed spacious dormitory style bunk beds, rooms sleeping from 2 to 8 people. Bottom sheets and pillows provided. Camping available. 7 bedrooms for children/young adults; 3 dedicated bedrooms for staff/leaders. There are separate boys/girls shower blocks, & staff/leader accommodation with separate shower/ toilet block.
Catering, where required, is prepared on site by our talented kitchen team using local produce and the finest ingredients. We pride ourselves on our tasty, home cooked meals! Fully catered, self-catered and accommodation only options available. Allergies and special dietary requirements can be catered for.
There is a beautiful multi-purpose room suitable for use as a common room, meeting room or banquet hall comfortably seating 60 people. This room is decorated to a high standard and is the heart of the building. We also have two other meeting rooms suitable for teaching rooms or break-out rooms seating around 20 people.
Activities range from those on site such as bush craft, archery, crate stack, problem solving, orienteering, climbing wall, tunnel trail, abseiling, challenge course, hill walking, environmental studies and a dedicated Saxon Day, with off-site activities such as open canoeing, kayaking, raft building, rock climbing, mountain biking, caving and more besides. At the Wilderness Centre we have outside buildings and 29 acres of land, and farm animals on site.
We specialise in bespoke packages; we aim to tailor your event to your specific needs. Contact us to discuss.



WiFi available on request.

Disabled Facilities

Access to bedrooms at first floor level. Access to ground floor via ramp. Disabled shower and toilet facilities ground and first floor.


Pets cannot be accommodated.


Full commercial kitchen facilities. Cooking facilities available for campers.

Dining Room

Adjacent to the kitchen, funky and fun, seating up to 50 per sitting. Outdoor dining facilities available.

Sitting Room

Our beautiful multi-purpose room suitable for use as a common room, meeting room or banquet hall comfortably seating 60 people.

TV and Music Facilities

Available on request.

Games Room

Table football and board games available - a dedicated games area can be set up depending on your requirements. Please contact us.

Heating and Open Fires

Central heating. No open fires.


10 spacious bedrooms dormitory style bunks. Rooms sleep from 2 to 8. Total 54 plus camping. Wardrobes. Pillows provided.


Pillows provided. Guests to bring linen, pillow cases and quilt/sleeping bags. Teachers'/leaders' bedding provided.


Separate girls/boys shower and toilet blocks. Separate shower/toilet block for teachers/leaders. No en suite facilities.

Children's Facilities

No special facilities for children.


Picnic benches, pizza oven, barbecues and extensive grounds amounting to 29 acres. Camp fires by agreement.

Swimming Pool

There is no swimming pool. The nearest is only a couple of miles away at Cinderford.


On-site parking.


No smoking inside the buildings. Smoking permitted outside.

Booking Information

Please contact us with your numbers, catering and activity requirements – we will be happy to provide a tailor made quote for your group.

Show Availability

Please contact the owner for availability dates


Located just off Plump Hill near Mitcheldean. The centre is a 15 minute drive from the River Wye and is ideally suited for all leisure activities in the Forest of Dean.

  • Mitcheldean.
  • Gloucester, about 12 miles.
  • Mitcheldean is within walking distance from the Wilderness Centre.
  • Co-op supermarket in Mitcheldean Village.
  • Brewery Tap in Mitcheldean, other pubs in the village too.
  • Bristol International, about 50 miles.

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Planning an Event?

This venue is available for Business Groups and Youth & School Trips

Our multi-purpose function room / boardroom
Golfball Roll team building

Business Groups

54 bed residential outdoor centre and camping village. Boardroom and 2 breakout rooms. Team building activities from bushcraft to kayaking. Mixed groups or exclusive hire. Full catering facilities.

Welcome to the Wilderness
Abseiling off the roof

Youth & School Trips

An outdoor education residential and day facility offering onsite and offsite activities to encourage and build confidence. Set in a stunning location with fields, forestry and wildlife. Staff rooms.

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