Lasers and lights planned for Cheddar gorge investment

PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 February 2016

Cox's Cave in Cheddar Gorge.

Cox's Cave in Cheddar Gorge.

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A cave in Cheddar Gorge will undergo a refurbishment for the first time in 25 years.

The historic Cox’s Cave, which was discovered in 1837, will have a makeover by a London production company.

The cave is one of Cheddar’s best-known attractions, and is made up of seven small grotto areas, joined by low archways. It has a number of calcite sculptures and mirror pools.

A spokesman for Longleat, which runs Cheddar Gorge and Caves, said: “It is hoped the developments at Cox’s Cave will help re-establish it as one of the South West’s must-see attractions, and give 21st century visitors a totally different experience to any previously encountered in this remarkable underground world.”

LCI Productions will aim to create a new experience for visitors, incorporating lasers, lights and other technology.

Cox’s Cave’s new look is part of a £400,000 investment by Longleat in Cheddar gorge. Wider plans include new branding, and repainting shop-fronts and buildings.

Longleat chief executive Bob Montgomery told the Mercury last year how Longleat would not be investing so much money into the gorge if it was not fully committed to it.

He said: “The focus right now is on what we would call our core business. We want to do that better.”

Cox’s Cave is currently closed to visitors, but is due to re-open on March 26.

It is named after mill owner George Cox, who discovered it while he was quarrying for limestone. It was connected to another cave in 1987.

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