Jen and Sim’s Top of the Gorge tips for families

Try your hand at slack-lining

Jen & Sim Benson are runners, writers and family adventurers. Their books include Wild Running, The Adventurer’s Guide to Britain, and Family Wild Guide. They wrote an article called Amazing Family Adventures for our 2017 National Trust guidebook, to celebrate the many fantastic things there are for families to see and do at the places looked after by the National Trust. Here is their review of last year’s Top of the Gorge festival.

As parents of an inquisitive 7 year old, and energetic 4 year old, we’re always on the lookout for events and places where we can go to have fun ad learn new skills together. We were delighted to discover that the Top of the Gorge festival manages to bring all these and more together into one incredible weekend that’s great fun for families of all ages.

Whatever your kids are into there’s something to suit everyone: learn to survive in the wild with foraging and campfire cookery; nurture creative spirits through story writing and ukulele playing; challenge those budding adventurers with climbing, caving, slacklining and mountain biking; or hone their hand-eye co-ordination by having a go at axe throwing, archery or frisbee golf. There’s a super- inspiring line-up of speakers with tales to entertain and enthral, and plenty of opportunities to chat with some of the best role models in the world of adventure. Live music and abundant local food and drink throughout the evening should ensure you head to your tent ready for a good night’s sleep before doing it all again on the Sunday. If, like us, you’ll probably need a couple of hours to escape all the excitement, there’s a relaxing morning yoga session or an expert-guided walk through the local nature reserve.

This year they will be leading guided runs at the Top of the Gorge Festival, which takes place 14-16 June in and around a National Trust meadow atop Cheddar Gorge, in the heart of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Coronavirus update

Due to current government guidance, Top of the Gorge, a festival filled with outdoor adventure, inspirational speakers, challenges and activities, has been cancelled.