South West Outdoor Festival

South West Outdoor Festival camping at Exmoor's Darksky Reserve

South West Outdoor Festival 2017 is taking place 8-10 September on the edge of Cheddar Gorge, amid the wild terrain of the Mendip Hills

SWOF: Come and camp for the weekend, or visit for the day.

Sout West Outdoor Festival is a celebration of outdoor adventure in all its many amazing guises. There's chance to hike and bike, kayak and canoe, kayaking, camp, climb, cave and run. You can eve try your hand at archery, axe throwing and skiing. The festival also features live music, films, fine food and guest speakers. Hosted by the National Trust, in partnership with Cotswold Outdoor and the Mendip Hills AONB, it’s an inclusive event, with challenges, experiences and entertainment for people of all ages and ability levels. Tickets will be available soon.


South West Outdoor Festival 2016

Check out what South West Outdoor Festival is all about and watch the film from the very first festival, which took place in beautiful Heddon Valley, Exmoor, last year.

Cotswold Outdoor Knowledge Centre

Cotswold Outdoor knowledge centre 

Product experts and athletes will be conducting a series of informative and interactive sessions, demonstrating how to get the very best out of your gear and providing top tips on how to choose the right outdoor equipment for your personal requirements.

A view of Studland Beach, Dorset

Outdoor inspiration 

Running, walking, cycling, kayaking, camping, beautiful beaches and top views: all in a days adventure in the South West.

View from top of Cheddar Gorge

Get to know the Gorge

The South West Outdoor Festival is taking place on impressive Cheddar Gorge. The Gorge provides challenging landscape to test your endurance and enchanting views to reward your efforts in the evening. There's places for those looking for an adventure to try climbing in this iconic location, wild running and challenging cycle trails. It's also a great place to relax. With dramatic scenery to explore and sweeping views of the Gorge and across the Mendip Hills, it's a top spot for wildlife spotting.

Festival sponsors and partners

Cotswold Outdoor

There's nothing being sold here - but you can pick up a lifetime's supply of outdoor know-how and inspiration.

Mendip Hills AONB

South West Outdoor Festival sits in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and we are working in partnership to develop the best experiences this landscape has to offer.