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Now open!

Your float centre is now open

Wow – what an amazing few weeks we have had since our last blog!

It was Float in the Forest’s soft opening on Tuesday 19th February 2019, and we’ve had 69 people float with us in the first two weeks!

We really enjoyed our launch party on 23rd Feb – thank you to everyone who came.  It was great to meet people, show everyone around the float centre, and answer lots of questions.  We had beautiful and delicious food by Infamous Catering.

You can see some of the photos here (there is also a full album on our Facebook page)

Our launch party was also an opportunity for a bit of charity fundraising.

We were proud to raise £150 for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC).

Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Creativity flows

We are delighted to have begun an exciting new collaboration with a local artist. Her name is Monique Oliver, and she creates fabulous fluid art. You can find Monique’s website here.

We feel her work is an excellent fit with the floating theme, and we think you’ll enjoy spending time with her original paintings around the centre.

And the even better news is that most of the pieces are available for sale so if you fall in love with one, it could be yours!

The message is spreading

It has been fantastic to see Float in the Forest appearing in the press because people are keen to discover more about floating.

SoGlos did an exclusive First Look at Float in the Forest.

Glos Live came to try a float and wrote this great first-hand piece about the experience.

And we have just had a visit from Phoebe of BBC Radio Gloucestershire’s Anna King show, which you can listen to here (from 2 hours 12 mins 40 secs to 2 hours 20 mins 20 secs, and from 2 hours 30 mins 55 secs to 2 hours 33 mins 39 secs).

Fabulous experiences

We love reading your testimonials and reviews, and we have had some really lovely ones already, such as this one:


“Was an incredibly relaxing experience. I have chronic back pain but the support of the water and being able to stretch naturally gave me a fantastic break. I was able to relax and take some mindful time completely pain-free. Absolutely wonderful!”


Perhaps you’d like to share your experience once you’ve been for a float…

Treat her

Don’t forget we also do float gift cards, which make a perfect Mother’s Day gift.

Book your float

And now it’s time to…

The float pods are in!

Float in the Forest fit-out blog Tues 5th Feb 2019   THE FIT-OUT IS APPROACHING THE END The majority of the fit-out has been done now... exciting times! The plumbing, ventilation, carpentry and second fix electrics are all now finished. ...

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Getting closer!

Float in the Forest fit-out blog Fri 18th Jan 2019 Ventilation In our last fit-out blog, we mentioned that we were starting work on the ventilation system for the float centre. We've been having fun putting this system together - it's made progress, with...

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Happy New Year!

Float in the Forest fit-out blog Fri 4th Jan 2019Time for paintingWe hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year break.Over the festive period our construction team took some well earned time off.  This meant we could get stuck into painting the float...

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Getting quieter

Float in the Forest fit-out blog Fri 21st Dec 2018 Lots of progress Since our last blog lots has happened in the float centre fit out, and we have been so impressed with how hard the team are working. The first fix electrics are now done, and...

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Getting warmer

Float in the Forest fit-out blog Fri 23rd Nov 2018 New ceilings in the float centre The basic building has very high ceilings, which would make it a hard space to heat. Your float centre is going to be a cosy and comfortable place, so we are...

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Christmas shopping

Dare we mention the 'C' word? Ok, so maybe it's still a bit early, but we're getting in the festive mood! We'll try not to overdo it for those of you who aren't ready yet. Getting festive It's possible that you're starting to think about...

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The walls are up!

Float in the Forest fit-out blog Thurs 8th Nov 2018It's amazing how much can be achieved in under 2 weeks, when you've got the right team. Signage Before the fit-out began, we had our lovely signs created and installed, thanks to Pete at...

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What if I get claustrophobic?

"What if I get claustrophobic?" Concerns about getting claustrophobic are probably our most frequently asked question. Sometimes the question comes in different forms, for example: "How big is the pod?""Are you shut in it?""Are you locked...

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Can’t I just float in my bath at home?

"Can't I just float in my bath at home?" When some people hear that floating involves Epsom salt, they wonder whether they can't just recreate the experience at home in their bath.   So we would like to ask you the following questions: ...

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How long does a float last?

"How long does a float last?" The length of a float can vary between different float centres.  But the most common in the UK is one hour, and that's how long a standard float will be at Float in the Forest.  You may not be used to allocating...

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Take your own route to the flow state

"Sick of being left holding the spare water bottle, puncture repair kit and warm post ride clothing?? Come and relax instead at Float in the Forest... The antithesis of a black ATB bike ride!"   These words came from a wise friend of mine, and they got me...

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We got the keys!

Float in the Forest venue updateWe got the keys! Here is a sneak peek at what will become your floatation centre... Make sure you're signed up to our email list, to be kept updated on progress towards launch. We can't wait to host your float!...

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Groundbreaking float research

Anxiety and depression Anxiety and depression are the two most common mental health disorders. Their cost to the individual and to society is huge. Pharmaceutical treatments are not always effective, and can have unpleasant side-effects. Laureate Institute...

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Planning permission granted!

We have some exciting news...We got planning permission!! The property is in the south of the Forest of Dean, between Whitecroft and Bream, about 5 minutes' drive from Lydney.We've really appreciated everyone who has stuck with us through the journey so far.  In some...

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What do I wear while I’m floating?

"What do I wear while I'm floating?" This is a common question Many people wonder what to wear when floating, and we realise the answer may not be obvious. If you look at photos of people floating, including on this website, some of them show people wearing swimming...

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How do you make sure the water’s clean?

"How do you make sure the water's clean?" Sanitation and hygiene are very important to us at Float in the Forest. Everyone must shower Everyone is required to have a shower and wash themselves thoroughly before they get into the float pod. This...

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One giant leap for floatkind

Venue updateWe have some exciting news... we've got a new potential location!We've been researching it for a while, but didn't want to say anything until we were sure this could be a great place for Float in the Forest.Hopefully we will be in a unit on the...

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The peace of time alone

Do you get enough time alone? Privacy is a rare commodity these days. Many people feel like they spend all their time either at work or travelling to and from it, and are still with other people when they get home. Parents of young children may feel like...

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I can’t swim… what if I sink?

"I can't swim... what if I sink?" You may be surprised to hear that this is actually quite a common question in relation to floating.  Many people can't swim, and that is fine. Never had the opportunity Some people may not have been lucky...

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What has Float in the Forest been up to in 2017?

A rollercoaster year Phew! 2017 has been a rollercoaster year for us. Let's make no bones about it - we had hoped that our float centre would be open and we'd be floating you guys by now! The first thing to say is that we greatly appreciate your patience,...

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What if I fall asleep during my float?

"What if I fall asleep during my float?" There seem to be a few concerns behind this question. Embarrassment We often feel like we shouldn't let go in a 'public setting', as if it might be embarrassing or we might lose our dignity.  Have you...

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Mind, Body & Spirit

Mind, Body & SpiritA couple of weeks ago we spent an interesting day on our stand at the Mind Body Spirit Show.  The event was at the Chepstow Racecourse.  We'd never been there before, but it was a good venue for this sort of event.  It was warm and comfortable....

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Re-charge your batteries

What if we recharged ourselves as often as we recharge our phones? Do you ever feel depleted? We all have days when we feel depleted.  Sometimes we know we're pushing ourselves too hard, or not giving ourselves the fuel we need to function at our best. We may feel...

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Venue update

News from Float in the ForestIt's time for an update on our progress.It felt like a quiet time over August, as we waited for the planning outcome, and lots of people were away on holiday.Float newsA float pod manufacturer came a long way for his first visit to the...

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Overcoming anxiety

Update from the author *** Update - the research described below has now been completed and published.  Read the published LIBR research here. *** Anxiety is a common problem Have you ever had that feeling where you're lying in bed, you should be able to...

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How does floating feel?

How does floating feel?If they say a picture speaks a thousand words... then what about a video?It can be hard to express the wonderful sensations associated with floating.  So with this in mind we teamed up with a wonderfully creative guy called Andy, of Squiff...

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The value of experience

Receive an object or an experience You know that feeling of excitement about getting the latest shiny new thing? Have you ever noticed how quickly that much anticipated object loses its lustre, once you actually obtain it?  Soon enough it fades into the background...

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In The Review!

** Please note the situation has changed since we wrote the blog post below.  We are now at a different venue.  Find out more here, and sign up to our email list to be kept updated on our progress towards launch! ** We're in the paper! We're in 'The Review' today!...

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The impact of traumatic brain injuries Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) can come about through impact (for example during sports) or through experiencing blasts / explosives. If mild they may also be classed as concussion. There are different degrees of effect, and...

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Athletic skills in tennis If you've been enjoying Wimbledon in the last few days, you'll have noticed that tennis requires an amazing combination of athletic skills. Agility, strength, balance, co-ordination, a focused mind, stamina, peak performance... and the list...

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