Float in the Forest

Beyond relaxation

Float in the Forest

Beyond relaxation

Float in the Forest is a floatation centre in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.

Floatation (or ‘floating’) is a type of relaxation therapy.

You float on the surface of warm water saturated with Epsom salt, in a comfortable environment where sound and light are minimised.  Imagine relaxing in a giant bathtub that you can sleep in with peace of mind.

Float in the Forest provides a wonderful floatation experience, with the added benefit of emerging into a beautiful natural environment.

What our customers are saying

  • Will and Shari were so lovely and accommodating during our visit. The centre is absoultely beautiful and homely. As soon as we walked in we felt like we had just arrived home. Everything was explained fully and the attention to detail was outstanding. Our floats were incredibly relaxing, the relaxation area heightened our level of relaxation with herbal teas and a colouring book that I quickly tucked into. Pure delight! Anyone living or passing through the Forest of Dean must visit Float in the Forest. You would not want to miss out! 🙂

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    Tina Cordova
  • calm peaceful environment. made to feel very welcome. everything I needed to know was explained so I was put at ease.
    First float but I have two more booked.
    Thoroughly relaxing but in a way that's hard to explain. You need to try it.
    I have a painful condition and found that an hour of weightlessness was wonderful and gave me a virtually pain free hour. The next hour spent relaxing and drinking turmeric tea (there are plenty of other choices) was brilliant too.
    two whole hours to myself in a safe calm space.
    Try it.

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    Nancy Mitchell
  • Everything from the lovely Will & Shari to the experience itself. I will definately be going again. Perfect

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    Izzy Bowen
  • This was my first time floating and it was an amazing experience, so relaxing. Any aches and pains just melted away. I would highly recommend this wonderful experience and if you've never tried it, then give it a go and see for yourself what a fantastic restful experience flotation is!

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    Kathryn Bennell
  • Amazing relaxing experience. Highly recommended! Give it a go!

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    Sue Wardell
  • Excellent news!!! This treat is 300m away from Bramley Lodge!!! We cant wait to give it a try!!!

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    Bramley Lodge
  • Thank you for a great first float experience. I had a lovely walk in the forest outside before and then I was warmly greeted by Cheri and Will who were very professional. Great facilities and a nice lounge to read and spend time in afterwards. I hope to see you again.

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    Joshua Layfield
  • My first visit, a Mother’s Day present for my daughters, and I was a little apprehensive. I was greeted by Shari on reception who is the co owner.she definitely put me at my ease, showed where everything was and explained how it all worked.
    It took me about 10-15 mins to feel comfortable in the pod but then I was so relaxed I fell asleep!
    Give it a try, you might be surprised.

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    Linda Weatherley
  • I've had quite a few floats now and my goodness, I feel like a new woman / goddess every time I float back out. I'm in my third trimester of pregnancy and floating has been an incredible way to fully relax and ease my body, connect with my baby and calm my mind that's been busy with to do lists. I've had some profound insights and new ideas, and moments of true bliss as I've experienced expanding into something greater than myself. Floating is an amazing experience for mind, body and soul that requires nothing of you other than to let go and relax. I couldn't recommend it more highly. The only negative? Not having a chauffeur to drive me home.

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    Gem Hopkins
  • very clean, tidy and friendly people, would highly recommend to even the most nervous "non-floater"

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    Philip Vandervelde
  • A superb experience! First class floatation centre (and I've been to a few)... beautiful location, friendly and knowledgeable staff, an absolute joy to visit.

    The layout feels more spacious than other floatation centres I've been to. A very, very peaceful atmosphere and loads of room to chill out, enjoy the art and a complementary herbal tea afterwards.

    Feeling transformed after my float. So relaxing and revitalising at the same time (sounds contradictory, but you'll know what I mean once you've tried it). Looking forward to my next visit!

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    Marc Price
  • Incredible place perfectly designed for the welness of the mind, body and spirit 😉
    Will and Shari are beautiful humans inside and out and they make you feel welcome and cared for from the moment you walk through the doors. If you haven't tried floating before, you will get spoiled as this is easily one of THE BEST places in the UK.
    Can't wait to be back! 😀

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    Anna Surowiec
  • Great experience, very relaxing and run by a very friendly couple who take the time to go through things with you. Loved it and will be back 😁

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    Maria Hunt
  • what an amazing experience I had at float in the forest. Shari are very lovely and know they're stuff and. The whole place is so warm and inviting and the float is a wonderful experience so calming and no distractions from anywhere. I highly recommend float in the forest and will definitely be returning.

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    Sam Bridle
  • Completely relieved any discomfort I have been feeling during the late stages of pregnancy, particularly the swelling and the aches and tingling of carpel tunnel. Very relaxing experience. Lovely venue, very clean ❤

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    Jade Coimbra
  • Wonderful warm welcome from Will & Sheri, followed by a wonderful float. I’ll definitely be back for more.

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    Sandi Cooper
  • The pods are high tech and the floatation itself was incredibly relaxing. Afterwards it was great to have a chill out space to relax in before I ventured back into the world of sensation. I would highly recommend Float in the Forest 5 stars.

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    Andy Squiff
  • Thanks so much for a wonderful float experience. It was my first float and I felt so relaxed, very important when you're 6 months pregnant. Sherrie gave me a fab induction tour and explained everything. Everything was immaculately clean and I felt very welcome. See you again soon 🙏

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    Sianne Donovan
  • quite lovely start to finish. these guys know their field and produced a wonderful experience.

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    Lynda Jones
  • I have to be honest, I was intrigued by 'floating' but didn't know what to expect. Well, it was superb! Firstly, they have thought of everything, right the way down to make up wipes and ear plugs! Secondly, their manner is calm and friendly and puts you at ease immediately. As for the experience, well, floating is in a world of its own. I loved it. So much so, I booked to do more straight away. Give it a go. You won't regret it.

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    Becci Meakins
  • It’s lovely and relaxing, already booked two more each for my wife and myself

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    Tim Taylor
  • very clean
    very friendly
    very relaxing

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    Jess Ledyear
  • I had my first float today and it was so relaxing, Shari explained the whole set up very well and made me feel at ease.

    I’ve already booked to go back in a few weeks 😍😍😍

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    Julie Heycock
  • Lovely welcoming people, a fabulously relaxing float in a spotlessly clean pod and a gorgeous aromatherapy massage.

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    Julie Lord
  • Two days ago I had my first ever float. I loved it and have to say it was amazing. Will and Shari who run the center put me at ease straight away and gave me a really good explanation of what to do and how things work. The pod itself was really cool looking and everything was spotlessly clean.
    I had worried that I might feel claustrophobic but this just wasn't the case and I even felt happy to turn all the lights off. ( I would definitely recommend doing that).
    The experience was really interesting and for someone who can't meditate for the life of them a truly unique, calming and centering experience.
    2 days later. I am still feeling great, less little aches and pains. Clearer head.
    I am booking my next one for 2 weeks time.

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    Ian Barnes
  • Never having had a 'float' before I was a little nervous for what I was about to encounter. The guided tour and instructions/guidance provided by Shari shortly after I arrived reassured and relaxed me through her professionalism and obvious enthusiasm for what was to come. An incredible 'me' experience that truly relaxes you in a world where this is becoming more and more difficult to find. Give it a go, an amazing relaxant and no need to worry about feeling claustrophobic, I promise!

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    Rachel Bate
  • An enlightening new experience, with everything explained really well to make one feel at ease with the weird and wonderful practice of floating. Can’t wait for my next float! Thank you for giving me a chunk of truly me time, relaxation, pain relief, calm.

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    Emily Victoria
  • booked for my husbands birthday, perfect place to totally relax mind body and soul. He said it was very spacious and helped him forget about everything outside and just enjoy it.He loved the big shower after and relaxing in the lounge until he was ready to go. I cant wait for my turn!

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    Lynn Walsh
  • Genuinely loved the experience, definitely worth a visit, the team are absolutely lovely and we weren't rushed through, we were given time to relax at our own pace.

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    Hannah Walters
  • Having floated many years ago I was very keen to visit, having been given the session as a gift.

    Shari and Will were extremely welcoming; the facilities are spotless and very comfortable.

    I enjoyed the session very much - I'd encourage anyone to try it out.

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    John Pawson
  • I highly recommended Float in the Forest..... I was a little dubious of floating at first and also worried about feelings of claustrophobia but Will and Shari made you feel very welcome and at ease in explaining how to get the most from your experience and yes you are totally in control of it . I have had 2 floats now .... just a great feeling of letting your whole body relax from the stresses and strains of everyday life and definitely very beneficial for physical and mental wellbeing . I have been converted with more booked ..... bring them on. Thank you 😊🐾x

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    Lisa Morris
  • Wow, I had forgotten what an amazing experience this is. Not only that, Shari and Will have made this place amazing with lots of attention to detail. I feel so good and will be going again.

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    Carol Skolimowski
  • If you have never floated before this is definitely the place to try your 1st float as Shari gave a very informative induction explaining everything in detail and offering advice on how to make your 1st float a relaxing experience. The relaxation area afterwards was also very nice and spacious. The whole experience beginning to end was very relaxing 😊 I've been to other centres and this is my favourite so far....i just wish it was closer to my home.

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    Po Lau
  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff, amazing facilities, so clean and restful. I loved my first float and I will definitely have more. A deeply relaxing experience once I let go. Loved it and thanks for sending me info about a float centre nearer where I live in Hampshire. Fx

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    Francoise Murat
  • Spent a beautiful time at Float in the Forest yesterday. A truly remarkable and relaxing experience. The venue is perfect in every way. The owners have gone out of their way to make it as client friendly as possible. It ticked all of my boxes. Super clean, ease of use, lovely products, state of the art equipment, comprehensive induction and of course magical float experience. I hope to visit again soon next time I'm in the area. Thank you Shari and Will.

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    Sarah Gregg
  • Such a relaxing experience. Relaxation room and lovely choice of teas after it just brings you back gently to reality to drive home. Lovely clean place and the owners are friendly and helpful. My second float, this time I went on my own but it was not awkward. The other person floating at same time as me was very friendly nice to share our experiences afterwards. I would definitely recommend you try flotation tank therapy.

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    Diane Goulding
  • Extreme relaxation, floating, who knew !

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    Ade James
  • Having never tried flotation before I was really excited to see what benefits the experience would bring me. I am so happy that I was able to visit Float in the Forest as my first, because it was so much more than the floating itself. Shari and Will were so caring and welcoming, and I felt relaxed and looked after from the moment I stepped through the door until I left. The attention to detail was lovely, with herbal teas, choice of coloured lighting in the rooms, and natural products to use before and after. The setting is also perfect, and I was able to enjoy a grounding walk in the forest after my float. I can't wait to return and would recommend it to anyone and everyone!

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    Monique Sapla
  • Just had my first float - it was lovely so relaxing. Looking forward to my next visit . If you’ve never tried it give it a go and have a couple of hours just “ floating “ .

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    Susan Donne
  • Went for my first float and it was so surreal it made me feel amazing and completely de-stressed. The team there were very welcoming and it was very quiet and tranquil
    If you haven’t already tried it then I 100% recommend you do!

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    Jamie Webb
  • I genuinely cannot recommend highly enough the float in the forest experience. The place is incredible and they give you every thing you could possibly need for the most relaxing comforting feeling in the world. It's like being in the womb! I need to go back. I have been more calm today than I have in months. It has helped with my anxiety no end. I'm going to get a massage as well next time.

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    Katie Monkman
  • amazing experience I'm feeling so relaxed now

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    Ange Howells Holder
  • A really warm welcome to put you at ease on your first float. superb facilities and one of the most relaxing experiences I have ever had. Well worth a visit and I will be sure to book another appointment when I can.

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    Stan Matthews
  • This experience was a revelation, both the time floating and how I felt afterwards. Will and Shari are so considerate, everything has been thought of. The room you use is a very relaxing, neutral setting and the pod is shiny, white and inviting. When you step in the water it is silky and warm, you choose how to experience floating and off you go! Being weightless and without the usual everyday distractions you quickly feel utterly at ease. I underestimated how 'zoned out' I was the first time, both when I got out of the pod and again driving home - I felt like I was moving in slow motion. This is why the relaxation room is the perfect follow-up to the float. How do I feel afterwards? Utterly gorgeous and more flexible in mind and body. I have a history of chronic fatigue and it definitely brought up my energy level. Am I a convert? Oh yes! 🥰🥰🥰

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    Kate Hirst
  • I was a bit skeptical at first, as this was a gift from my wife. I'm quite a big guy and the thought of squeezeing myself into a small space although not cloustraphobic, did make me think will I have enough room. I needn't of worried the space was ample I could stretch out entirely. I just had 3 hours sleep as I finished a night shift and thought I would sleep drown not wake up etc. In fact I had quite the opposite sensation I felt very relaxed but alert like my brain and flicked the on off switch my body just needed to enjoy the rest of the day rested. I recommend this to the most skeptical to try as I was quite surprised at what a difference I felt afterwards.

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    Colin Walsh
  • As the first disabled person to use their accessibility suite, I can highly recommend it. Lovely friendly staff made sure I had everything I needed (thanks Will 😊). The room itself is level entry, has plenty of room for a wheelchair, and is a wet room with shower. If you need support with changing or personal care, the room is big enough to accommodate a second person to help you. Getting in and out of the floatation pod is similar to getting in and out of a bath, so if you need help with that you'd need help here too. The actual float itself was blissful! The combination of heat and weightlessness was soothing for my pain, and was beyond relaxing. I will definitely be going again!

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    Emma Louise Bosticco
  • Had an amazing float at Float in the Forest, it felt like home when I walked in. Will and Shari are very knowledgeable and explained everything clearly. I love the i-sopods and the rooms are great, with different options to change the lights in the rooms! Post float I could relax in the chillout area with great tea's, it was good to be able to talk about the experience with them. Highly recommend and I will be back soon!

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    Michael Cordova
  • This amazing new float centre has everything you need to walk in, stressed as you like, and come out feeling relaxed and ready for anything.

    From the beginning, Shari and Will’s enthusiasm for the centre has shone through. They worked hard to set up Float in the Forest and are the most welcoming hosts. In their quiet, calm way they explain how the float session works and what to expect. The reception, bathroom and float rooms are spotlessly clean and the relaxation room is a calm space where you can sit quietly and ‘come to’ after your float with a cup of fruit tea.

    On my first float, feeling brave and wanting to embrace everything the pod had to offer, I slipped into the silky, warm water, pulled the lid down and turned off the light. It was strange to experience true darkness with my eyes open or closed. The soothing music which introduced the float soon faded away and I took a while to calm my breathing and drift off into a dream-like state, the only noise being the ripples of water when I moved and I was not sure if I could hear my heart beating, or was it just that I was more aware of it? By the end of the hour when the music began again I felt as relaxed as if I had had a massage, with all tension gone.

    A lovely shower after the float, to rinse off the salt, was the best excuse to use some wonderful shower products! Then finally, before returning to the world again, a drink and time to enjoy the comments in the guest book and compare experiences. Just perfect.

    Thank you Shari and Will, a wonderful experience 😚

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    Julie Allen

Find out more about floating

Find out more about floatation, the benefits that many people get from it, the answers to some frequently asked questions, take a look at our blog, and much more.

Why float?

Deep Relaxation

Escape hectic daily life and let your tensions dissolve into weightless relaxation.  This is time which is yours alone, free of the demands of others.  Above all, the calm comfort of floatation soothes away stress and anxiety.  At last a space to truly rest the body and still the chatter of the mind.

Improved Health

Floatation reduces blood pressure and improves circulation. Levels of the ‘stress hormone’ cortisol are reduced. You are bathed in salts of the essential mineral Magnesium.  Furthermore, your muscles, joints and bones are released from the effects of gravity.

Pain Relief

Sufferers of chronic pain from many conditions including Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and back pain have gained relief by using floatation for pain management.  Muscle tension and joint pain are reduced through being unburdened by the buoyant water.

Sleep Better

The deep rest of floating dissolves fatigue, leaving you feeling truly refreshed.  Not only can a single float feel as restorative as a full night’s sleep, but certainly floating also improves sleep patterns, offering relief from insomnia and the ability to ‘reset’ jet lag.

Enhanced Performance

Sports recovery is boosted by floatation as a result of lactic acid broken down faster, allowing you to train smarter and get back to doing what you love sooner.  Likewise rehabilitation times from injury are reduced, and what’s more, proper recuperation keeps you at the top of your game.  Enhance your performance and visualise your success.


Floating can give profound relief from the physical strains of pregnancy due to the buoyancy of the water. An opportunity to practise breathing techniques and relax. Not only is this a real rest for you and your baby, but also a chance to build a profound connection together in a peaceful and supportive environment.


Floating is a doorway to deeper meditation. The reduced sensory input and weightlessness removes distractions, empowering you to quiet your mind with ease.  As a result you can switch off your mind and be present, and make it easier to do so in your every day life.

Freedom from habits

The float environment puts the power to reprogram unwanted behaviours in your hands.  Consequently, this is an opportunity to abandon your addictions.  Through regular floating you can insert a pause between the stimulus and the habitual response, giving you an opportunity to act from somewhere authentic.

Consciousness Exploration

You are the frontier of unlimited possibility, free to experiment without constraint.  Travel through time.  Explore the multiverse.  Hang out with transdimensional entities.  This is your space.  What’s more, this is your adventure.  Have fun and enjoy!

Mental Clarity

Discover a space of peaceful reflection, while free of all distractions.  This environment fosters true focus: for improved decision-making, effective problem-solving, deeper insight, and freedom of mind. Certainly here is the clarity you need to make real progress.


First of all, business floatation packages offer team-bonding and brainstorming opportunities. Focus on your business problem or idea with a fresh new perspective.  Furthermore, floatation membership provides options for happy, healthy and productive employees.


Find a calm mind, free of distractions.  You can give full attention to learning, absorb knowledge more quickly, and  understand more deeply.  Similarly, the more challenging the concept, the more useful you will find floating.

Creativity Unleashed

Break creative block.  Open a channel to the wellspring of your innate creativity.  Calm the inner chatter and find peace of mind.  Open yourself to inspiration, and maybe meet your muse in the garden of your mind.

Self Work

Floatation could be called a spiritual technology. The floatation pod removes a lot of work from us, and frees us up for the real work. Though deliberate work in the pod we can establish an experiential connection with our selves in the broadest sense, and uncover a way to be of service to our greater self.


Enjoy the sensations. Revel in the time alone.  Wallow in that post-float feeling.  Combine your float with other activities and treatments.  Bring a friend along.  Above all, floating doesn’t have to be serious, and you don’t need an excuse to enjoy yourself.

What the press say

'Floatation tank centre opening in Forest of Dean’

“The Epsom salts in the water make you incredibly buoyant, so there’s no pressure anywhere. It’s perfect for people who have back pain, people suffering from things like fibromyalgia, those recovering from sports injuries or people who want to relax their mind and switch off for an hour.”


8th May 2018

'Lie back and float off to a world of relaxation’

“Shari Vandervelde and Will Griffin have been given planning permission to convert a Whitecroft industrial unit into a stress-busting ‘Float in the Forest’ centre”

Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review

9th May 2018

'Where to go on holiday in Feb 2019'

“Float in the Forest will be one of the only places in the country where you can take part in flotation therapy before emerging into picturesque woodland”


3rd Dec 2018

'20 best spa days in the UK'

“it’s set to relax you so much that an hour-long float will feel like a day-long retreat.”


6th Jan 2019

'Slow it down – these wellness retreats will ease you into the new year’

“The ripples of relaxation shimmer long after the float and many feel as if they are walking on air afterwards.”

Monmouthshire & Brecon Living (p54)

Jan 2019

'New paths to wellness’

“Let your worries float away, quite literally”

Prime (p39)

Feb 2019

'Sensory weightless floatation tanks that wash away your stress are coming to Gloucestershire’

“In two weeks time Shari Vandervelde and partner Will Griffin are to open a floatation centre in the heart of the Forest of Dean so you can have dip before going back to nature”

Gloucestershire Live

10th Feb 2019

'EXCLUSIVE: First look inside Float in the Forest’

“Speaking exclusively to SoGlos, Shari Vandervelde explained that the layout was very important. ‘We want people to feel like the further they step into the centre, the more relaxed they get.”


21st Feb 2019

'I tried floating in the Forest’

“After just one session I reluctantly climbed out of the pod reminded of those rare blissful mornings when you are emerging from a happy dream that you don’t want to end, even though you know you have had exactly the right amount of sleep to feel reinvigorated.”

Gloucestershire Live

2nd March 2019

'6 mini adventures around Bristol & Bath to mark 200th anniversary of Robinson Crusoe’

“the aim is to find your zen”

Circus Journal

7th May 2019

'Float centre buoys up charity’

“A new floatation centre where people can literally cast their cares adrift has presented a medical ambulance service with £150 raised from its launch day.”

Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review

22nd May 2019

'Reawaken your senses and enjoy the benefits of floatation in the Forest of Dean’

“For people like me on the go, rushing through life at a hundred miles an hour, flotation provides a pod of tranquillity that forces your mind and body to unwind, relax and just be.”

Lifestyle Magazine

10th July 2019


Check out the latest Float in the Forest blog posts:

Meet Katy

Meet Katy

Meet therapist Katy Davies Introducing therapist Katy Davies, who has been providing awesome therapies at Float in the Forest since August 2019, so we thought it was about time to tell you a bit more about her! From sport to sport massageKaty...

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Meet Karen

Meet Karen

Meet therapist Karen Hopes Introducing Karen of Karen Hopes Aromatherapy, who makes the gorgeous moisturiser bars and melts we are now stocking in the float centre... As a child, Karen remembers soaking rose petals in water in jam jars to make ‘perfume’....

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Float stories – Angharad

Float stories – Angharad

"I left like a new woman", by Angharad Does this look like the face of a stressed out woman? A woman on the edge of some sort of episode? One that's installed two hot tubs in the rain, driven across country at breakneck speed, was 40 minutes...

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