Staying in England’s Most Haunted Castle and frolicking nearby at the Forest of the Dean, St Briavels also offers charming and picturesque village life. This Village has undergone a decline in the last 5 years with shops, restaurants and even local services disappearing. All that’s left is a pub, youth hostel and plenty of housing. If you needed anything, you will need to take the 5 mile drive, there’s no bus, to Coleford. It’s in stark contrast when back in the days of yore, this village was right at the epicentre of metal smelting for arrowheads therefore a huge busy town with the castle as an administrative centre.
St Briavels Event
So why are we here? As I explained in a previous post, 2 bright young sparks from the GX94 VSO decided to organise a meet up for 70 people who’s interests were in backpacking, volunteering abroad and teaching. Tom of TomarHawk Travels knew them and asked me if I wanted to come along and meet them as well.
Throughout the 3 days we were there, I’ve really enjoyed meeting them through a whole bunch of activities, whether it was having a game or 2 of ball and frisbee games at the nearby St George’s Playing Fields, sampling some English Ale at the St George Inn, or having a wander around the Castle on the filled in moat.
Probably the best part of the weekend is when we all dressed up for a medieval night. Naturally, as a Rex (which means King in Latin), I went as a King. Maybe King Edward I who crushed the Scots and brought the Welsh to heel. I think I like the sound of that! Also Tom decided to get on the royal bandwagon as well while we looked down our noses at the peasants around us.
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