The Wilderness Centre, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire for Youth and Schools

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Outdoor Centres
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.


Full commercial kitchen facilities. Cooking facilities available for campers.
Adjacent to the kitchen, funky and fun, seating up to 50 per sitting. Outdoor dining facilities available.
Our beautiful multi-purpose room suitable for use as a common room, meeting room or banquet hall comfortably seating 60 people.
Available on request.
WiFi available on request.
Table football and board games available - a dedicated games area can be set up depending on your requirements. Please contact us.
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.
Access to bedrooms at first floor level. Access to ground floor via ramp. Disabled shower and toilet facilities ground and first floor.
No special facilities for children.
Picnic benches, pizza oven, barbecues and extensive grounds amounting to 29 acres. Camp fires by agreement.
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.
Pets cannot be accommodated.


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 is within walking distance from the Wilderness Centre.
Co-op supermarket in Mitcheldean Village.
Brewery Tap in Mitcheldean, other pubs in the village too.

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.

Self Catering
Outside Caterers
Other Meals
Full Board Only
Leader Rooms
Risk Assessment
Educational Focus
Presentation Aids
Outdoor Activities
Disabled Facilities

Getting here

Plump Hill
United Kingdom
Gloucester, about 12 miles.
Bristol International, about 50 miles.

Rental Rates

Half day room hire from £65.00 Full day room hire from £95.00 Half day activities from £170.00 per 10 people. Full day activities from £300.00 per 10 people 2 night activity packages from £99.00 per person. Exclusive hire of the Centre from £800.00 per night. All prices are exclusive of VAT

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The Wilderness Centre, Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire

Simon Dawson

Joined us: 2015
+44 (0)1594 542 567
Plump Hill
United Kingdom