New events and learning activities in 2018 

In 2018, to coincide with the launch of the new commission CUSP by Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, we will be developing a range of public events and learning activities in response to the work and the trail as a whole.

If you would like to find out more about our programme, or if you are a local school or community group interested in connecting with us, please email our Audience Development and Participation Producer, Daniel Whitehouse

To keep up to date with what’s happening on the trail and information about forthcoming events and opportunities please sign up to the mailing list on our home page.


In celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the founding of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail we are hosting a series of special events:

Wednesday 24th August 2016 – Rainbow Forest Free Rainbow Den Making Day:

Children and families have been building improvised dens and structures all over the Sculpture Trail for years using debris and tree branches that sit around the forest.

Rather than ignore all this guerrilla sculpture making, we plan to use it as inspiration for an exciting event.

Influenced by new sculpture “Yasasin” by Pomona Zipser which was installed on the Trail in July, we will host a multi-coloured den making play day. Painted tree branches in different colours will be available for members of the public to assemble into a variety of striking structures and shelters, transforming the forest into a colourful pop up spectacle.

The event will be documented using photography and film that will then be released online. The result will be a variety of beautiful images and videos of the multi-coloured structures built between the trees.

Like a giant multi-coloured playground, people will create a new landscape together, using branches from the forest floor. We hope that the event will be a collaborative art performance bringing together children of all ages and their families.

A completely free event, you can take part at the Sculpture Trail entrance near Beechenhurst Lodge on Wednesday 24th August 2016 from 11am-3pm. Parking at Beechenhurst costs £3.50.



Sentient Forest

Discover the stories behind new and older sculptures on the Trail

Sunday 21st August 2016 – Trustees tour of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail:

11am – 12.45pm Meet at the Sculpture Trail banner at Beechenhurst.

Free of charge, to book your place visit Eventbrite click here.

A special guided walk led by the Trustees of the Sculpture Trust, the charity that raises money and selects artists to develop new works for the Trail. Paul Harper, Nicholas Bury and Sarah Bowden will reveal the stories behind a selection of sculptures, and explore the unique history of the Sculpture Trail site.




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Forest of Dean born poet Stewart Carswell

Sunday 14th August – Poetry tour of the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail:

11am – 12.45pm Meet at the Sculpture Trail banner at Beechenhurst. Free of charge, to book your place visit Eventbrite.

A poetry walk with Stewart Carswell, featuring readings of specially-written poems specially-written poems about sculptures past and present.

More about the poet: Stewart Carswell grew up in the Forest of Dean.

He has performed his poetry at the Bristol Poetry Festival, and the In Other Words Festival in Cambridge. His poems have recently been published in magazines including Envoi, Cadaverine, and Brittle Star, and included in the Best New British and Irish Poets 2016 anthology (Eyewear Publishing).

His poems are influenced by the mysterious and secretive nature of the Forest, and its unique layers of history.

For further information, see Sample poem:



While giants grow up around it

this place becomes what we want it to be.

A place to create stories around

and then carry them home for bedtime.

A place to believe the secrets

the Forest holds from us.


But this is not a real chair:

we complete the image of it

from just the frame, a chair

that none of us can sit on.

It is a viewpoint into the Forest,

into what we hold dear.