Creative Play Survey

It was exciting to read about creative events for children and young people in England from Arts Council England. Sadly the closest events to the Forest of Dean seems to be Totnes where there is a 3 week festival of events to enjoy.

Now is the time to speak up and ask why there is not a summer arts festival locally and shape our children future for art events in the region.

Canopy is currently exploring how we can make the arts shine brighter in a blaze of Fun Palaces and we’d like to invite you to join in and add your thoughts through the Canopy Network.

So far we have helped bring together arts in the forest with Bream ArtsJab festival last autumn, the Wesley launch in Cinderford last May with new events on the horizon in Newent and Blakeney.

The Forest Of Dean District Council are now asking for views relating to the new development at Five acres. When you subtract the second largest Theatre in the County showcasing a performing and visual arts venue with further education programme plus a swimming pool, it is a difficult challenge to see the future of local culture…but we must imagine what can be possible!

Perhaps a film festival, a revival of Town Carnivals or further performances, music, exhibitions and Village fetes…

A consultation is now under way you are invited to fill in a very basic yes/no form by 4th August and then attend a meeting on 11th at Five Acres.

The Forest of Dean District Council has been successful in bidding for funding from the Government’s Levelling Up fund, and £9 million of this will be used to regenerate the Five Acres site in Coleford, by providing a flagship sports, leisure, education, arts and community space for the Forest of Dean.

The stakeholder consultation event will be held at Berry Hill Primary School, Nine Wells Road, Berry Hill, Coleford GL16 7AT on Thursday 11th August from 2pm to 4pm (Please arrive from 1.45pm for a prompt 2pm start).

The Five Acres site was bought for £1 in Dec 2021. The Deputy Leader of the Forest of Dean District Council, Cllr Paul Hiett said: “Completing the purchase and beginning works at the Five Acres site is a major step forward and a huge moment for us in moving ahead with our exciting plans for the area.”

Local people and organisations based in the Forest of Dean are now being asked for their views on the draft plans for the development of the site.

If you would like to attend the stakeholder consultation event, please email  Please note, space is limited so booking is essential.

Alternatively if you are unable to attend, you can provide feedback on the plans by completing the online survey which can be found by clicking here or by visiting the GRCC website   The plans in advance can also be viewed here The survey deadline is 4th August 2022.

Residents are also encouraged to attend a public consultation / drop in event also at Berry Hill Primary School on Thursday 11th August 2022 between 5pm and 8pm, where they can find out more about the proposals and initial results of the survey, view the draft site plans and share their views.

Contact FODDC Tel 01594 810000 for more info

The project is part of ‘Leveling Up’ which links new opportunities for creative development across the Forest including £10m for Hartpury University and tapering down to support for ‘The Wesley’ in Cinderford and Five Acres in Coleford. Have your say an d shape our future with arts & culture events that you’ll enjoy!

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