Top Things to do in and around Cheddar Gorge
I absolutely love the village of Cheddar and Cheddar Gorge. It is completely beautiful and I love ambling up the gorge and mooching in the shops. Out of season, it is really quiet and you can park for free on the road. In season it can get fairly busy.
If you are familiar with Cheddar Gorge, you probably know it best for the caves and cheese. I visited the caves probably ten years ago now, and I remember climbing the Jacob’s Ladder with the hubby when we weren’t hubby and wife. Since having the little dude, we typically enjoyed pram walks up the gorge and a bite to eat! Here’s little man when he was six months. It was a super chilly January day!
If you’re not up for paying to go into the caves, there are a number of things you can do that are free or that will cost you very little. Here is my short round up 🙂
Watch the team in the Cheddar Sweet Kitchen make sweets! What’s not to like?! Check the website for up-to-date info on when they run the demonstrations. Def worth a watch. *update as of Sept 2017 – the Sweet Kitchen did close for a bit and I’m not entirely sure if it reopened*
Taste some of the yummy cheese at The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company. You can actually go and view the cheese being made for a couple of quid if you want to. If not, you can enter the shop from the main street and sample some of the different varieties on offer. The sell a huge range of different cheeses and loads of chutneys and crackers too. I love the cave matured and vintage cheddar. Delicious. This pic is unfortunately NOT cheese from the shop. I need to take a trip and get some better photos 🙂
Cheddar Carboot. Now if you happen to be around on a Sunday morning and you’re up super-duper early, then head on down to the Cheddar Carboot to grab a bargain. I really love the carboot here because they have an indoor section which really specializes in vintage and retro pieces. It is exactly the place I’d expect to find Kirsty Allsopp during one of her crafty TV shows! It costs a quid to go in but it is well worth it. We always pick up loads of junk things we need. You can see some of things we buy and read my Carboot tips here!
Shopping. There are loads of little crafty shops to wander around if you are in Cheddar. I especially love the Christmas shop. A shop pretty much dedicated to Christmas all year round! They do sell other gifts too but you cant help but take a look at the cute Christmas stuff on offer mid-July.
A little walk up from the main gorge is Velvet Bottom and Black Rock. These two areas make up what is called the Cheddar Complex, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. If you want to read more about the area, you can do so on good old Wikipedia here. Otherwise, it is basically a lovely area to take a walk or stop for a picnic 🙂 Perfect for letting the kids have a run around and let off some steam!
So there we go, my five almost free things to do in Cheddar. Have you been to Cheddar before? Do you like Cheddar Cheese? Are you more mild or mature?