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.

Update after the government announcement on Mon 22nd Feb:

We are hoping to re-open fully (so that anyone will be able to float regardless of their reason) from Wed 14th April.

Until then we will continue to provide floats for physical and / or mental health reasons only.  Scroll down to learn about the health conditions which floatation helps.  If you need to float for health reasons, you can book your health float here.

We are not opening the calendar for general bookings from 14th April yet, in case things change.  If you would like to be informed when you can book a float for any reason, please make sure you have signed up to our email list, which you can do here.

All gift card and package expiry dates will be extended by the duration of the current restrictions, so no-one will miss out. 

Rest assured that floating remains a low risk activity, and that we continue to follow procedures to best protect your health. You can read more in this blog.

Float your mum happy!

Wondering what to get Mum for Mother’s Day?

You could give her peace, quiet and relaxation with a float gift card!

We do gift cards for 1 float, 3 floats, or 2 simultaneous floats.

All gift cards will be extended for the duration of the current government restrictions, so if she wouldn’t be floating for health reasons, she won’t miss out.

Get your float gift cards here:

What our customers are saying

  • 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
  • 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
  • what a lovely place! I had a lovely welcome from Will and Shari who showed me round and turned my apprehensions into eagerness to get in and experience my first float! the float was wonderful, time to myself with no distractions of any sort. I have already ordered my next 2 floats.

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

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    Julie Lord
  • wonderful calming experience helped by the friendly atmosphere as soon as you walk in.

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    Evelyn Williams
  • First time floating, but not my last. Shari and Will were very welcoming and the centre was absolutely spotless, with care taken to ensure hygiene, social distancing and your comfort. Instructions were very clear, as I wasn't sure what to do, with an introductory video and reminder in the float room itself. The float itself was just amazing, so relaxing and physically soothing that I was still feeling the effects 12 hours later and into the next day (today). Thank you so much Float in the Forest, can't wait to come again!

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    Emily Trenwith
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Very clean, clear explanation and a really enjoyable experience.

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    Alison Blasdale
  • After wanting to try floatation since I found out Float in the Forest was being built, I finally made time for looking after myself.
    Total relaxation. I feel full of energy and all my little aches and pains have disappeared. I will definitely be returning. What an experience!

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    Helen Snowdon
  • The most relaxing but surreal experience! I experienced my first float earlier today and it’s safe to say I will return, it’s hard to explain to someone what it’s like but I would definitely recommend it just to see. Very relaxing and great stress relief! Thank you so much 😊

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    Amie Callicott
  • One of the best experiences you will ever have!

    This is such a unique thing to do and you will walk away feeling super relaxed and rested.

    The owners Will and Shari are extremely friendly and welcoming and will explain the steps to floating. The pods themselves look straight out of a sci-fi film and the lighting really sets the mood.

    The water itself is like the Dead Sea, where you will float easily and with the lid shut and lights off you will soon completely relax and zone out.

    Before you know it the hour is up and you're left feeling great! This is definitely a great way to spend your day and will be left wanting more.

    I highly recommend!

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    Lee Scarratt
  • Really enjoyed my first float yesterday. I’ve got a spring in my step today! Very relaxing and serene place to visit! 🤩

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    Liz Trigg
  • Words which do an experience no justice. This was the first time in the pod and at first it's a weird sensation with no input, however as the music soothes you into the session, then time evaporates into the darkness (with the option of lights if the thought scares you, whereas i find the darkness wonderful not knowing the difference between open eyes or closed for the first ever time).
    Releasing my body into the water it aided all aches from my muscles and joints, as they drifted off resulting in the mind to be at ease.
    I could write for days about the experience which still only scratch the surface.
    On a final note the set up, environment and vibe that Will and Shari welcome you into is something very special which elevates your spirit going into the pod and going back out into the world which everything is going on they put you in the right direction to come back!

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    Sam Kitson
  • My first float with these guys yesterday and it was amazing! The rooms are pristine and they’ve thought of everything. I highly recommend it for easing some of your aches and pains - it worked for me!

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    Tracey Joy
  • Wonderful experience, left me feeling calm, relaxed and rejuvenated. Run by a friendly, knowledgable couple. Definitely recommend

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    Becky Marshall
  • I’ve just been for my first float thanks to a birthday gift from my parents.
    Oh wow! It was the most amazing experience and I will definitely be back, I feel so calm and relaxed, my back/neck and shoulder ache has gone and my stress levels have gone right down.
    You have to try it to fully appreciate the feeling of an empty mind and not knowing where your body is anymore.
    Thank you so much Shari and Will.

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    Nikki Knight
  • Amazing experience..lovely service from the minute you walk through the door till you float back out! Left feeling very zen & relaxed!

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    Shell Smith
  • very clean
    very friendly
    very relaxing

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    Jess Ledyear
  • 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 Martensson
  • Brilliant experience, will definitely go again that's for sure! Will and Shari welcomed us warmly and made us feel comfortable before and after our float. I was so relaxed from the float I felt like I was on another planet! What an amazing place to have in the forest of dean, much needed! thankyou, Jess

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    Jess Adshead
  • If you are looking for total relaxation of mind and body then a float is what you need. It’s quite difficult to describe the experience of weightlessness and calm felt whilst floating.
    It’s not something I’ve ever felt to that depth before. A truly unique experience that I would highly recommend. Thank you Shari and Will x

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    Adele Mitchell
  • 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
  • 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
  • Float in the Forest was so lovely! very relaxing and helped with my fibromyalgia! would highly recommend to anyone needing time out to completely relax!

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    Ruthie Hamblin
  • I went to Float in the Forest for the first time yesterday and had a wonderful experience. An hour of complete calm, quiet, rest and weightlessness did wonders for my achey body and racing mind. The centre is exceptionally clean and comfortable and the staff are welcoming, friendly and informative. I felt amazing afterwards and will definitely be going back. I highly recommend it.

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    Joanna Clark
  • An hour of complete peace, escape into your own world in mindful reflection. Relax the senses and heal the body. The most amazing experience and it is a must for this busy world!

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    Toeknee Louise Stanton
  • 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
  • Our first time trying floating. What an amazing experience. From the second we arrived until we left we felt welcome, informed and safe! The environment is clean and fabulous. The pre visit video informative and clear. My son and I booked to float at the same time. We will be back!

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

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    Lynda Jones
  • 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
  • Amazing experience, took away all stress and tension, very high standard and attention to detail, felt really looked after during the visit, can't recommend enough

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

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    Izzy Bowen
  • A lovely and deeply relaxing experience and definitely different to what I have ever experienced in a good way 😊
    Very friendly and and helpful staff, who guide you through your experience step by step.I would always highly recommended Float in the Forest 💕👌

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    Angela Philippi
  • A completely unique experience, utterly blissful relaxation, the feeling of weightlessness, a time to be calm and put all other thoughts aside. A highly recommended service in a professional and safe environment. I loved it! Thanks Shari and Will.

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    Adele Mitchell
  • If you're thinking 'is this for me?', take the plunge. You won't regret it. Shari and Will seem to truly love what they do and entirely believe in the benefits of floating which is just a bonus because once you try it you won't need any further convincing.

    Sometimes relaxing, sometimes a vehicle for exploration of self and sometimes just a fun experience to confuse your friends with whilst you try and explain why it's something you can't wait to do again. Personally I've signed up as a member for regular floats and I am already counting down the days until I can get back in a pod.

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    Jake Lewis
  • Amazing experience, perfect for relaxation and chilling out. Would definitely come again and would highly recommend 5** x

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    Sarah José
  • friendly, helpful staff. always pleased to see you, nothing is too much trouble

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    Owen Carter
  • Can not recommend having a float with these guys enough! Every time I have visited it’s like walking into another world free from stress and chaos of daily life.

    (COVID update) Yes it’s a tad bit distanced now and you need to move on before the next appointments but that’s still loads of time tone joy post float bliss.

    Any questions you could have pre float are answers on there website and you can message if you can’t quite find an answer. Theses really simple and easy video to follow to learn all about what will happen which takes away the first time nerves. And should you forget there’s a simple guide in the pod room itself, which yes I re read every time.

    I can’t say how you will find your float but you’ll find what you need.

    If your reading this questioning where to go, go in just try it!

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    Tash 'Orange' Hill
  • 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
  • Such a wonderful experience! So relaxing, and Shari and Will are so lovely and welcoming. All safety measures taken care of. Would thoroughly recommend!

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    Tyler Heselton
  • Very professional and welcoming. Very clean and highly recommend! Lucky to have this facility on our doorstep.

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    Jamie Simonds
  • very welcoming indeed. lovely people. very clean and comfortable. was a nice way to break up a day. I look forward to the next time I'm able to go.

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    David Nelson Jenkins
  • 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
  • Extreme relaxation, floating, who knew !

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    Ade James
  • Always welcoming and a great atmosphere to relax in!

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    Rob Robbins
  • 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
  • What an amazing experience. Totally relaxed body and mind, as well as helping aches and pains! Had a wonderful welcome with great customer service. Will be back! 😊

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    Shell Lambert
  • 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
  • spotlessly clean. welcoming owners. not rushed & very clear instructions. The float itself was stunning, very relaxing & helpful for some muscular issues. Am definitely going again.

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    Elaine Thornberry
  • Amazing experience . Never felt so relaxed.

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    Laurence Meir
  • If you’re looking for total relaxation and to shut the world out for a time (and let’s face it most of us will want to at the moment due to the current situation) this is the experience you need. Total peace and calm. Just wonderful. Highly recommended!

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    Sarah Gladwin
  • Who would guess that there is a little bit of heaven right here in the forest! Well, I found it a few weeks ago, courtesy of a Birthday gift from my husband (he really knows what I like).
    So, just had my second visit - yes, had to go back if only to see if it really was as good as I thought the first time.
    It was totally just as I thought, the most effective method of relaxation I have found. The peace and quiet, tranquillity and serenity, friendship and calmness, and all in beautiful, clean, warm and welcoming surroundings.
    That feeling of leaving all stress, anxiety and depression outside, of being completely at one with the yourself and the world - priceless!
    Thank you Will and Shari, see you again soon. x

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    Suzanne Milden
  • Took my first float today! Great experience! Felt total relaxation and complete inner peace that carried with me... can’t wait to return to Float in the Forest again soon!!!

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    Steve Brookbanks
  • Such a relaxing time, so calm and would definitely go again!

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

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    Sandi Cooper
  • I have been having regular ‘floats’ at Float in the Forest since they opened.
    It is a fabulous resource for the Forest.
    I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a way to relieve their stress and tension, as it will quickly help them to relax. The facilities and float pods are spotlessly clean and everything is arranged for our convenience.
    Chilling out in the comfortable lounge area is a wonderful way to transition between the bliss of the float and getting back into the driving seat to go home!
    Many thanks to Shari and Will (and to Helen who gave me a lift back to my car!) 😊

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

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    Tim Taylor
  • Amazing relaxing experience. Highly recommended! Give it a go!

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    Sue Wardell
  • 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 loved it, afterwards my body felt totally relaxed and my mind felt energised. I was more refreshed than if I'd had several good nights sleep in a row, one good nights sleep is practically impossible for me so reaching this level of relaxation in one hour is pretty close to miraculous!

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    Gill Johnson
  • I have had 2 floats so far and have felt amazing after each one. Shari and Will evoke a lovely sense of calm and have really given great thought into providing everything needed for a lovely experience.
    I plan on floating regularly to help with joint pain and migraines and look forward to my next session!

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    Michelle Llewellyn-James
  • I had a great experience for my first ever float. I wasnt sure if I would close the lid fully or want to be in total darkness. well I did both and felt totally safe and thoroughly enjoyed the darkness and much preferred to having light.
    Will did an awesome job of explaining the session, what to do, what to expect... felt totally relaxed and prepared. I moved around a bit and stretched out some tense and aching limbs and then almost nodded off toward the end of the session. I took advantage of the quiet time after the float and read more about floating and the benefits. I will definitely be floating again. A big thank you to Shar & Will

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

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    Bramley Lodge
  • After suffering for quite some time with shoulder problems, I finally had an operation but my shoulder still aches from time to time and then the other one started to feel the same so my husband booked float in the forest for me as a birthday present to see if it would help, all I can say is WOW! I absolutely loved it, both shoulders felt so much looser and for the first time in ages I felt like I could move my arms with out flinching or just feeling some sort of discomfort, I've booked again already and would say to anyone with any kind of aches or pains to just give it a go and you’ll see for yourself how it can help! Shari and Will are there to answer any questions you may have and really make you feel at ease, it was a lovely experience and I’m looking forward to going back.

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    Michelle Tobin
  • Great place to relax and unwind in these stressful times!

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    Thomas Humphries
  • Wow!!!
    This was my first float and I wasn’t sure what to expect.
    Shari showed me round the relaxation room and the float room and explained everything to me.
    I felt at ease and I knew exactly what to do with the lid and lights etc.
    I wasn’t aware I had relaxed so much I had fallen asleep until I sneezed and made myself jump!! Absolutely amazing and relaxing. I’m coming back again soon.
    It’s a fabulous place and I can’t recommend it enough.

    Thank you!!!!

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    Kerry Cawkwell
  • 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
  • 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
  • Myself and my 18 year old went for a float and both really enjoyed the relaxation it offers. My son in particular who has an issue with his spine enjoyed the feeling that the buoyancy of the salt water gave him. Taking the pressure off of his spine. Very profesional service from start to finish, and we felt safe at at ease for the whole time we were there.

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    Dee Kay Pea
  • A wonderful welcoming atmosphere, everything explained clearly and it makes you feel very special. A lovely personal experience, that relaxes and felt like they had thought of everything.

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    Louise Penny
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Absolutely brilliant experience, so relaxing. Will definitely be back!

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    Jenny Astridge
  • 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
  • Great experience. Peculiar but emerged serene soft and calm. Energised but still

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

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    Philip Vandervelde
  • My first float was bought as a Christmas present - 2019! Third time lucky due to various lockdowns, and I enjoyed my first float - and hopefully not last! Thanks for a fab time - if you’re not sure, just go for it!!

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    Ann Woosnam
  • 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
  • I suffer with back problems & have had acupuncture & seen osteopaths for years, all of which has definitely eased my pain for a period of time. However, since being introduced to the world of floating, I can honestly say I've never felt better. The whole experience is a joy. Shari & Will are so friendly & welcoming & I was a little nervous before my first float, and they definitely helped put me at ease. I now float monthly & rarely have issues with my back between each float. I simply cannot recommend this place & the whole floating experience highly enough

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    Corrina Ferns

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.

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.


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What the press say

'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

'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

'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

'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

'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

'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

'New paths to wellness’

“Let your worries float away, quite literally”

Prime (p39)

Feb 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

'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

'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

'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

'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

Check out the latest Float in the Forest blog posts:

Second birthday writing competition

Second birthday writing competition

It's our second birthday! This has undoubtedly been a strange year, but with wonderful bits too, and we are pleased to be celebrating our second birthday. We are so grateful to all those who have floated with us, and we have loved being able to float you! To celebrate...

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Floatation delivers health benefits

Floatation delivers health benefits

Protecting your health We have all learned a lot about the coronavirus and COVID-19 over the past few months. Knowledge can dispel fear. We have taken scientific advice from expert sources, and are doing some things a little bit differently in order to best protect...

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Float with guidance

Float with guidance

Having a busy mind Hi I'm Shari, and I have a very busy mind. It has a tendency to go over and over things if I'm not careful. Maybe you can relate to this. I only started experimenting with meditation quite recently, and like a lot of people, I thought I wouldn't be...

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