The South West Outdoor Festival Is Coming To Cheddar

South West Outdoor FestivalCheddar is hosting a festival of all things outdoors this autumn. Building on the huge success of the inaugural South West Outdoor Festival held last year in Devon, the National Trust is working with partners and outdoor experts to prepare for the 2017 event which will take place in and around Cheddar Gorge over the weekend of September 8 – 10.

The festival is open to local residents, day visitors and campers, with a small entry charge covering all entertainment and some activities. The idea behind this celebration of all things wild and adventurous is for people to try new outdoor sports or experience favourite pursuits in new and challenging settings.

Last year’s event introduced festival goers to hiking, biking, paddling, axe throwing, star gazing, endurance running and much more, with plenty of food for the brain as well in the form of music and motivational speakers. There was relaxation too around the camp sites.

If you would like to attend or spread the word to friends and families who live further away check the event website for more details as it will be updated nearer to the festival weekend. If you would like to volunteer to help there are plenty of opportunities and rewards so do contact the organisers.

The festival is run by the National Trust in conjunction with Cotswold Outdoor and the Mendip Hills AONB, with support from Somerset Wildlife Trust and Longleat. You can learn more here:

Great British Spring Clean

Cheddar is taking part in this national event:

on the morning of Sunday 5th March. Areas covered will include the Strawberry line to Sharpham Road and Draycott Park. Please look out for information on where to meet to start the big clean up. Everyone is invited to help make the village look sparkling and fresh for the year ahead. High viz jackets and equipment will be provided. The event will last about 2 hours.

Meet at Kings Leisure, in the car park, from 9.30. If you have gloves or a hi viz vest please bring them along, but some will be supplied.

Community Partnership Survey

Have your say! Win a £25 voucher for the Riverside Inn and Restaurant.

This is your chance to influence where money is spent in Cheddar. The Cheddar Community Partnership wants to attract funding into Cheddar to deliver a real change in the level of investment in the areas of Community & Environment, Health & Wellbeing and Economic Development.

Applications for external funding need to be supported by up-to-date data and strong evidence of need. A lot of work has been done already so your input will be supported by previous surveys including the recent Neighbourhood Plan consultation.

There are many examples around the country where Community Partnerships have been successful in attracting funding in to communities very much like Cheddar.

Click here to complete the survey

NB – This is a separate survey to the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan Survey, which is about the future vision and policies for the parish – if you haven’t taken that survey yet, please click here.

Land’s End To John O’Groats walker in Cheddar

Stephen at Wadebridge last week
Stephen at Wadebridge last week

Stephen Fox is 68 and is walking from Land’s End To John O’Groats raising awareness of the pre-cancerous condition Barrett’s Oesophagus, and will be in Cheddar YHA overnight Saturday 21st May.

Few people have heard of the condition but it may afflict one million people in Britain.

Deciding he wanted to help raise awareness of this condition, on May 6th, he set out to walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats carrying his tent, sleeping bag, cooking equipment and everything else he might need, on his back.

Of his decision to embark on the 1000 mile sojourn, Stephen says, “I realised that people were not aware of the condition and decided I wanted to raise awareness of it and hopefully some money too. Barrett’s Wessex was the obvious choice of charity to support.”

The charity’s co-founder and chairman, Chris Robinson, explains, “There are many charities that focus on cancer but with oesophageal cancer, a diagnosis is likely to come too late with a typical prognosis of a few weeks. Barrett’s Wessex is a charity specifically attempting to raise awareness of Barrett’s Oesophagus which can be monitored and treated to minimise the risk of it progressing to cancer. We are delighted that Stephen has chosen our charity and we wish him bonne marche.”

Stephen’s progress may be followed by occasional updates to the dedicated website:

Barrett’s Wessex charity was inaugurated in Southampton in 2009. It now covers the whole of the 7 counties of modern Wessex with hubs in other parts of the region and providing support for other groups they have set up, or are in the process of setting up, in other parts of the country.


Chris Robinson
Chairman, Barrett’s Wessex