Venue Hire

Sladebank Woods has various indoor and outdoor spaces available for use and hire. Our five-acre woodland feels wild and remote, yet it is only 20 minutes’ walk from Stroud town centre on the urban/rural fringe. As such, it is ideal for organised gatherings and yet is quiet enough for anyone seeking solitude in nature.

We’ve been delighted to host different events over the years including birthday parties, welcome to fatherhood and menarche ceremonies, sweat lodges, wakes/life celebrations, Forest Schools, events for disabled children, picnics, and personal retreats. Whatever you have in mind, please contact us to find out how we can help you to plan the perfect event in nature.

Roundhouse

Red Hearth House, at Sladebank Woods, Stroud, Retreat in woodland, home to women and girls circles

The roundhouse can seat up to 25 people on straw bales or chairs, or 12 people sitting on the earth floor – there are carpets, sheepskins and cushions for comfort. To keep you warm and cosy the roundhouse has a wood burner and is fitted with decorative wool panels for insulation. This space is particularly suitable for groups who prefer to be inside during the colder months, and for events where privacy is welcome. There is a covered area with a sink and running water and also a compost toilet nearby. Access to the fire circle for cooking can be arranged in advance.

£10 per hour (includes set up time); minimum £30
Day rate 0900-1800: £80/Evening rate 1800-2200: £40

Yurt

Suitable for one or two people, the yurt (3.6 metres in diameter) is used for overnights stays, personal retreats and as a therapy space. It has a small wood burner and good insulation. We provided plenty of cushions and sheepskins which double up as a bed. Please bring your own bedding. There is a covered area with a sink and running water and a compost toilet nearby. You will have access to the fire circle for cooking or you can bring your own gas stove. Utensils can be provided by arrangement.

£30 per night for one or two people. A trug of firewood will be provided. Additional sacks can be bought for £5.

 

A woman inside the yurt looking out to the woods
"My heart swells and my whole body relaxes with the memory of that precious retreat time in your yurt. Three days living that close to the land, even in the depths of winter, was a great joy thanks to the space you have created there. Thank you for your generous hospitality"
Naomi

Soulful Sauna

Our popular wood-fired sauna is the perfect way to unwind in nature and is a great tonic for the body. It’s located in a private space in a cosy converted shed and we use logs from our land to heat the wood burner. The sauna can be booked by individuals or groups of up to six people and is open from 9am-10pm seven days a week.

For details and to book please visit the Soulful Sauna page.

Fire Circle

The fire circle is often used by small groups of people who are looking for an outdoor space for a daytime gathering. There is log seating and chairs for up to 15 people. A trivet is provided for cooking with toasting racks, and utensils and a table can be supplied if required. There is a covered area with a sink and running water and also a compost toilet nearby. Tarpaulin can be installed by arrangement.

£10 per hour (includes set up time); minimum £30.
Day rate 0900-1800: £80/Evening rate 1800-2200: £40.

A trug of firewood will be provided. Additional sacks can be bought for £5.

Fire circle at Sladebank Woods

Camping

Kesty in a hammock in the woods

Choose from a number of beautiful spots to pitch your tent or hang a hammock and immerse yourself in the woods. You will have access to the fire circle where there is log seating. A trivet is provided for cooking with toasting racks, and utensils and a table can be supplied if required. There is a covered area with a sink and running water and also a compost toilet nearby. Tarpaulin can be installed by arrangement.

£10 per person per night.

A trug of firewood will be provided. Additional sacks can be bought for £5.

Education Zone

Stroud District Council has approved the use of Sladebank Woods for environmental education, including Forest Schools. There are two open areas which are suitable for a range of activities. Log seating and fire sites are set up for each event, while a compost toilet, shelter and a water supply can be provided if required. We have permission to construct a circular framework of poles to act as a shelter and for a compost toilet in this zone and are looking to upgrade the footpaths for disabled participants.

£10 per hour (includes set up time); minimum £30
Day rate 0900-1800: £80/Evening rate 1800-2200: £40

A trug of firewood will be provided. Additional sacks can be bought for £5.

Children with Kesty Jakes sitting arond a fire

Your health and safety

We have done our best to make your visit as safe as possible. There is a risk assessment in place which is reviewed every six months. The identified risks include slipping, tripping, falling and risk of burning. Wear footwear with a good grip as many paths are on slopes and can be muddy and very slippery when wet.

How to book

Email or call us to discuss your requirements and to find out more about what we can offer – click here to get in contact.

Deposit, payment and cancellation

We will ask for a deposit of one third of the hire charge when your booking has been confirmed. Full payment must be made one week before the start of your booking.

If you need to cancel your booking, please give us one week’s notice and a full refund will be given. If you cancel within one week of the start of your booking, your deposit will not be refunded.

Here for everyone

We do not want cost to be a barrier for individuals or organisations who would benefit from spending time at Sladebank Woods so please contact us to explore alternative options.