A tramroad opened in 1812 to link mines in the Forest with the River Wye at Redbrook and Monmouth and ran through Coleford. The Monmouth tramroad continued in use until its track east of Coleford was lifted in the late 1870s.
The Festival prides itself on being extremely friendly, relaxed and an opportunity for families and all generations of people to come together and enjoy themselves.
Coleford is a thriving community and the administrative centre of the Forest of Dean. Coleford has a rich history, first recorded as Colevorde in 1275 when it was in part of the Royal hunting forest. It is well worth spending time looking around Coleford at its historical buildings, and taking the "Coleford Town Walk". It was here in in Coleford in the 1800's that Robert Mushet invented the process of making steel, and developed the first self-hardening tool steel.
One of the four market towns in the Forest of Dean, Coleford’s mainly Georgina architecture differs in appearance to other Forest towns and its centre has been designated a Conservation Area. It was in Coleford that Robert Mushet perfected the Bessemer process for making steel in 1856.
St. John's, Church of England. St. John's Church was built in 1880, designed by S. Gambier-Parry, to replace the older original church in the market place (of which only the tower now remains).
There are two electoral wards in Coleford. Their total area and population equal that quoted above.
The nearest railway station is Parkend on the Dean Forest Railway.
The market town of Coleford lies on the Western side of the Forest of Dean. Home to both local government and the Forestry Commission. Coleford is the administrative centre of the Forest of Dean.
SPP Pumps Ltd (UK), Britain's leading pump manufactureralso has their main UK manufacturing site at Coleford which has over 300 people on site. The factory mainly caters to the Industrial and offshore firefighting oil and gas markets as well as the UK municipal water market.
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The Parish Church of Coleford, Saint John the Evangelist
St. John's, Church of England was built in 1880, designed by S.Gambier-Parry, to replace the older original church in the market place (of which only the tower now remains)
The Angel Hotel, behind the site of the old Market Hall
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Coleford is a small market town in the west of the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, England, two miles east of the Welsh border and close to the Wye Valley. It is the administrative centre of the Forest of Dean district. The population at the 2011 census was 8,359.
If you are not familiar with the festival, it’s the Forest if Dean’s best kept secret – a fantastic free outdoor festival in Coleford town centre held every summer featuring an eclectic mix of music, art, culture & community….everything from Jazz, indie, rock, ska, rockabilly, folk, blues & much more.
There was coal mining to the north and east of Coleford from the 16th century. Limestone was also quarried at the south-west end of Whitecliff before the 17th century. Lime kilns operated at Whitecliff, and Scowles, which supplied much lime to Monmouthshire.
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The Baptists first began worship in the town in 1805, and the present church was built in 1858, and extended in 1889 to include school rooms.
A number of picturesque villages, such as Clearwell, Newland and St Briavels, can be found offering a warm welcome at local inns and hotels, plus the famous Symonds Yat Rock is just 3 miles away.
The festival consists of a main stage featuring the best of local bands with national headliners to finish, roots stage featuring the best of jazz, blues, country ..St Johns Street stage featuring new bands from the area, acoustic area, lots of children’s entertainment & workshops, street food, stalls & local produce.
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The centre of the town has been designated as a Conservation Area and there are numerous buildings of historic interest to see in and around the town. The public library in Coleford has a number of excellent reference books on local history, plus free leaflets can be picked up at the town's Tourist Information Centre.
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Coleford has established a series of Town Walks, each including places of interest and illustrating the history of Coleford.
Coleford boasts its very own cinema, two excellent golf courses, the Great Western Railway Museum, a nearby off-road driving centre, free car and coach park, plus a good range of shops, restaurants, cafes and hotels.
A pink and white house (Rock Castle Dental Practice)
The Baptist Church, The Baptists first began worship in the town in 1805, and the present church was built in 1858, and extended in 1889 to include school rooms. Old Church Records for family historians, and details of Coleford's other old chapels
There is a whole range of events that take place in Coleford throughout the year, including the Carnival of Transport in April, the well established Coleford Music Festival in May and dancing through the Dean in July, plus visitors have the opportunity to sample the locally produced food and drink at the Coleford Farmers Market which takes place in the town square every Friday.
It is organised by a not for profit group in partnership with Coleford Town Council and with the help of many passionate unpaid volunteers. It is for the people of Coleford & the surrounding areas but attracting visitors from all over, helping to raise the profile of the area.
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Coleford is situated within easy reach of a great many interesting places to visit in the Forest of Dean, from the Wye Valley and Symonds Yat in the west, to the beautiful forest walks in the centre of the forest. Just outside the town are some of the area's best known family attractions.
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Tourist InformationColeford is situated within easy reach of a great many interesting places to visit in the Forest of Dean, from the Wye Valley and Symmonds Yat in the west, to the beautiful forest walks in the centre of the forest.Coleford Town Walks