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Our historic market town boasts a wealth of independent traders and fantastic community facilities.

Coleford also hosts a diverse range of events throughout the year from Easter Monday’s Carnival of Transport, the Summer’s Festival of Words and our famous Christmas lights.

We are situated in the heart of the Forest of Dean and are very proud of our industrial legacy. The Town Centre is home to the Great Western Railway Museum and The Mushet Arch reflecting the importance of the railways and the iron and steel industry to Coleford. Today we continue our  industrial and engineering heritage and are proud to be home to such firms as Glaxo Smith Kline, GMF Motor Factors and SPP Pumps.

Take time in the Market Place to take in the Clock Tower and, above the modern frontages,  the original shop facades. Perhaps you may want to vist the Angel where the rioter Warren James was taken in 1831 or the King’s Head- the scene of fighting in the Battle of Coleford 1643.

Out of town our heritage is further explored and entertainment provided by trips to Puzzlewood, Clearwell Caves, the Dean Forest Railway, the Secret Forest and the Dean Heritage Centre. Perhaps you will find the locations used by Star Wars, Merlin, Dr Who or even Harry Potter. Perhaps the scowles will inspire you, like Tolkein, or perhaps you  would enjoy our modern authors, like Andrew Taylor, or illustrators, Shoo Raynor.

Coleford makes a great base for exploring nature’s playground- the Forest of Dean- by foot or cycle.

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