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Rock out after rock climbing at Top of the Gorge Festival

There's plenty to keep you busy between your big adventures at Top of the Gorge Festival. Have a go at axe-throwing, take it steady on a guided walk or with kid-friendly crafts, or listen to live music and inspirational speakers. Whatever you choose, it's included as part of your festival weekend.

The summer of 2018 welcomes a brand new festival to the top Cheddar Gorge. It's your chance to challenge yourself with some outdoor action, relax with live music, local food and try something new all atop the UK's largest gorge.

There will be plenty of free activites to join in with including, craft, 50 things and fun competitve sports! 


Dave Cornthwaite 

Introducing our headline speaker for Saturday night of Top of the Gorge festival, Dave Cornthwaite. Dave leads his ‘Yes Tribe’, an adventure cult of 5000 members.

His ongoing project is ‘Expedition 1000’ is an epic quest to complete 25 journeys of 1000 miles or more by non-motorised means. This quest has seen him conquer many a challenge, which included skateboarding across Australia, swimming the length of the Missouri river and riding his scooter across Japan. Join Dave on Friday and Saturday, he’ll be leading talks and workshops.

Madeline Cope

Maddy is one of the UK’s leading rock climbers, she studied in Bristol for several years and has great experience of climbing the local Cheddar cliffs, as well as many sea cliffs across the South West. With a sponsorship from Mammut, she has built her reputation as a climber who is not fazed by a challenge, having recently completed several routes on El Capitan. Join us at the festival to hear of her exciting travel stories. 

Elise Downing

Elise will be joining us to talk about her travels around the UK. Determined to see more of the country she calls home and with a love for running, she decided to run the 5000 miles of coastline. This was a self-supported journey and traveling with just the bag on her back she started her journey in August 2016. Join Elise, at Top of the Gorge as she talks about her travels and love of cake!


Julie Hanson

As the Trust’s resident barefoot walking expert, Julie has led some popular walks at our events. We were pleased to welcome her to the first South West Outdoor Festival, this year she’ll be joining the first Top of the Gorge festival to lead walks, will you take on the barefoot challenge?

Adrian Boots

Join Adrian on a forage during Saturday of the festival, he will lead his popular wild-food forage. Adrian, will also lead a guided walk where you can pick up plenty of hints and tips. 

Craft Invaders

Join Sarah, aka Craft Invaders, as she leads fun craft sessions across the weekend including her popular campfire baking sessions. Sarah is also one of the Ordnance Survey Get Outside champions 2018.

Space Detectives 

We are pleased to welcome Jo Richardson, who joined us at last year’s South West Outdoor Festival. Jo will be leading fascinating talks and leading stargazing sessions on Friday and Saturday night. She will also be joined by Bath astronomers and Wells and Mendip astronomers.


Kid Conventional

Kid Conventional is Sheffield singer-songwriter Jack Weston. With his dark folk style inspired by artists like Bright Eyes and Fleet Foxes, he won Yorkshire Unplugged in 2013. His single "No Promises" (Dec 2015) was named #15 in Top 50 of 2015 by BBC Radio Sheffield Introducing. His EP, "I Will Never Be An Astronaut", was released to glowing reviews in May 2017 and backed up by more than 50 shows across the UK.

In addition to his solo work, he currently fronts the Sheffield Beatles Project, who played acclaimed shows at Tramlines Festival and O2 Academy Sheffield in 2017.