Green and Jenks Gelato

A tasty and delightful welcome to the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley

A couple of weeks ago, I visited the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley for the first time to experience some of its amazing activities, accommodation, attractions and foodie establishments.

Although I knew where the Forest of Dean was on the map, I knew little about the area and its fascinating history. The weekend, organised by members of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tourism Association, was an opportunity for adventurous bloggers to experience what the area has on offer and help promote it as a tourist destination.

Forest of Dean

Along with 13 other bloggers, I jumped head first into a weekend of adventure in the Forest of Dean. We knew that we would be taking part in some adrenaline-pumping activities but knew little else until we arrived. The anticipation was exciting; would I be getting wet? Would I be moving fast? Would I be crawling around in mud? These questions ran through my head as I packed my bag the night before.
Zoe from and travelled the 3-hour journey from her home in Lincoln, clueless to what lay ahead. The only instructions we had were to arrive at our designated accommodation providers and be ready for 6.15 ON THE DOT to be collected.

I stayed in The Speech House Hotel, located in the centre of the forest in what was once the meeting place for the Verderers; the keepers of the forest. After settling into my beautiful room with a 4-post bed (!) I headed to the reception to meet Kate from, who was also staying in the hotel. Together, we discussed our excitement and waited to be collected and taken to our first mystery destination. We stepped onto the minibus and found a seat among the other bloggers, all of which I knew by their blog but some that I was meeting in person for the first time.

Bloggers at Green and Jenks Monmouth

Green and Jenks Monmouth Gelato

Green and Jenks Monmouth GelatoCopyright to David Broadbent Photography

After a short drive to Monmouth, we disembarked the bus and were lead into Green and Jenks Gelato House. Here, we were greeted by friendly members of the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tourism Association and Gilly, the owner of the establishment. Gilly and her team make the Italian style ice cream on site every day and we were welcomed into her shop with tasty cocktails, a scrumptious buffet and a bowl of our own choice of gelato. I chose peanut butter which was incredible.

Green and Jenks Gelato

Jennifer TulipCopyright to David Broadbent Photography

While gobbling down our gelato we were presented with our itineraries for the weekend by the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Tourism Association. It was at this point I found out I was going to experience mountain biking, caving and clay pigeon shooting over the weekend- how exciting!

Bloggers Green & Jenkk Gelato

9.30pm Friday 10th March 2017/ Monmouth, Wales: Outdoor and adventure bloggers from across the UK are invited to explore the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley for the weekend by the local Tourism Association (Wye Valley and Forest of Dean Tourism Association)Copyright to David Broadbent Photography

The awesome Forest of Dean and Wye Valley bloggers:

Zoe from
Ed from
Cerys from
Tom from
Charlotte from
Midge from
Kate from
Sian from
Immy from
Iona from
Kate from
Greta from
Kirstie from
Emma from

I have more stories from my time in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley which I shall be sharing on The Thrifty Magpies Nest over the next few weeks- stay tuned! You can catch up with our weekend on Twitter and Instagram by following #DeanWyeBloggers

I was invited to the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Blogger’s Weekend to participate in activities and visit attractions complimentary of the business owners in return for honest accounts of my experiences. As always, all words and opinions are my own.

By Jenni Tulip

I'm a bright-haired, hill walking, magpie whispering, skull collecting, tree hugging, money saving, bird watching, happy campervanning, ferret fanatic, woodland dweller sharing my stories and passion for the outdoors to inspire you to immerse yourself in nature.