Things to do in Cheddar Gorge – More than Caves and Cheese!

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!

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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 Gorge things to do with toddlers kids babies pram friendly free things caves family days out

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!

Cheddar Gorge things to do with toddlers kids babies pram friendly free things caves family days out

Cheddar Gorge things to do with toddlers kids babies pram friendly free things caves family days out

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?

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Cheddar Gorge – More than Caves and Cheese!


  1. I have a feeling that I visited Cheddar Gorge years ago (pre-children) but I can\’t remember much about it. Thank you for the advice on what to get up to if we go again! #WhateverTheWeather

  2. I drove through Cheddar gorge a long time ago, only stopping for some photos in the gorge. Enjoyed reading your post on fun stuff to do while there. #CityTripping

  3. I haven\’t been to Cheddar Gorge since I was a kid myself- definitely didn\’t appreciate the cheese at the time although I remember the scenery being amazing. Thanks for linking up with #citytripping

  4. I first heard about this place while reading a book about cycling, bizarrely enough, and I\’m intrigued by it. I\’d love to visit one day! Thanks for the extra tips!

  5. We have just been into some caves in France on holiday, I must get round to sharing on Country Kids myself. I\’ve not taken my kids to Cheddar Gorge though I\’m surprised they haven\’t been on a school trip as I\’m sure it was a compulsory part of Geography when I was at school. I had no idea there was so much else to do in the area too. Sounds like they make a good feature of sharing the cheese secrets and the walks look amazing with some stunning views. It would be worth visiting just for this.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

  6. It sounds like the perfect place for a family holiday, lots to do and plenty of tasty local food too! I love car boots too, although my hubby isn\’t too keen as he doesn\’t see why all the things I want are necessities!! Haha! Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

  7. Love visiting Cheddar. Not far from us. Velvet Bottom is a favourite walk. We bought the ticket to go round the caves, bus tour, etc a couple of years ago and the children loved it. There are so many good walks around Cheddar. Always stop to buy strawberries from our favourite road side shop in the summer. #CountryKids

  8. Cheddar Gorge looks like a lovely place to visit. I\’m not very keen on caves but sampling different types of cheese would definitely be right up my street! 🙂 #countrykids

  9. You know, we drive past Cheddar Gorge when we go and see the grandparents and we\’ve never stopped. Not sure why, but your post has made me reconsider. I personally would LOVE the cheese tasting, and the views are amazing.
    It\’s on my \’to go\’ list!
    Lovely post – and I love Little Man\’s photo all snuggled up! Cute xx

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