Organisers announce Cheddar as new venue for adventure-filled festival

PUBLISHED: 11:00 04 February 2017

People enjoying a swim at the South West Outdoor Festival last year. Picture Credit: Chris Lacey.

People enjoying a swim at the South West Outdoor Festival last year. Picture Credit: Chris Lacey.

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The National Trust says it is ‘delighted’ to announce a Somerset village will be this year’s venue for an adventure-filled outdoor festival.

The South West Outdoor Festival, which launched last year, will take place in the Cheddar Valley and will welcome people from all over the country for a three-day weekend filled with fun and adventure.

From September 8-10, people of all ages will be able to take part in trail-running races, rock climbing, hikes, water sports and more.

In the evenings campers will be able to gather around fires and enjoy the best food and drink Somerset has to offer, listen to live music or visit an outdoor cinema.

Cheddar Parish Council chairman, Peter Colton, said the council is ‘fully behind’ the festival.

He added: “It is an excellent thing for Cheddar and it is great to get people outdoors and making the most of our village.

“It will bring people to Cheddar who may have never been before so the local economy can only benefit from the event.”

The festival has been organised by the National Trust, in partnership with clothes retailer Cotswold Outdoor, and will see people camp out under the stars in Cheddar Gorge.

The event has also been supported by the Mendip Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Somerset Wildlife Trust and Longleat.

National Trust Somerset Coast and Countryside general manager, Simon Larkins, said he is keen to get involved with the festival and see what impact the event will have on the gorge.

He added: “It is the perfect site for visitors of all abilities to get outdoors and try something new.”

The National Trust has been carrying out work in the gorge and across the Mendips and Mr Larkins said the festival will help them to continue their ‘hard work’ in the area.

Tickets have not yet been released but keep an eye on the National Trust’s Facebook and Twitter page or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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