Book tickets for the South West Outdoor Festival

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This year's festival is now over. Look out for details of 2017 at Cheddar Gorge. Coming soon...

There is no charge for entry to the South West Outdoor Festival, and many activities, experiences, sessions and talks are also completely free once you're there.

To join the festival for the whole weekend, however, you do need to book and pay for a camping ticket, and day visitors who intend arriving in a vehicle also need to book and pay for a parking spot.

Some activities - including the trail running and cycling events, and various small-group experiences - also involve an entry/booking fee.

Please scroll down for details, and then start to build your own adventure. You'll find:

  •     camping tickets
  •     day tickets
  •     outdoor activites
  •     sporting events

Second campervan area added 

Just a mile from the festival site at Trentishoe the site has stunning sea views out over the Bristol channel and plenty of space to put up awnings & spread out. A regular shuttle bus will run between the festival and the camp site throughout the weekend if you don’t fancy the mile walk.
£100, 5% booking fee applies

Day tickets & parking

Day entry to the festival is free but if you're arriving in a vehicle you do need to pay for parking (this includes National Trust members).

Prices are per day, per vehicle - so car share to get the best value.

If you're camping, parking is provided at Trentishoe (follow signs from the A399) a short distance from the festival hub. A park-and-ride service will be available to take you to and from the valley and this is included in your weekend ticket - so you do not need to purchase parking here.

People taking part in sporting events (trail running, mountain biking and the off-road duathlon) do not need to pay for parking.

Sporting events

Trail running marathon, Sat 24 Sep, 8.30am

A tough but rewarding race featuring 26 miles (42 kilometres) of world class trail running with views across Exmoor and the North Devon Coast, including sections of the South West Coast Path.

The figure-of-eight course – which has the festival hub as its fulcrum (offering spectators the chance to see and support runners several times) – takes competitors along a rich mix of cracking coastal trails, wonderful woodland singletrack, riverside paths and quiet country lanes.

This event can also be enjoyed as a team relay run.


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Trail running half marathon, Sat 24 Sep, 9.30am

This 13-mile (21-kilometre) race offers the perfect distance for trail runners looking for a serious challenge, who don't want to commit to a full trail marathon.

The route retains all the super-scenic qualities of the marathon without the leg-busting distance, as it runs along worldclass trails – including sections of the South West Coast Path with breathtaking views.


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10km trail run, Sat 24 Sep, 11am

This 6-mile (10-kilometre) race offers a tempting taste of the worldclass running trails Heddon offers, taking in sections of the South West Coast Path and traversing some of the UK's most stunning terrain with breathtaking views across Exmoor and the North Devon Coast.

Expect a rich mix of cracking coastal trails, wonderful woodland singletrack, riverside paths and quiet country lanes.


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Take in the view while trail running at Heddon Valley
Trail running at Heddon Valley

Mountain bike sportive (long), Sat 25 Sep, 2pm

This 25-to 31-mile (40- to 50-kilometre) primarily off-road sportive is the perfect event for mountain bikers looking for a serious cycling challenge on the sensational unsealed surface of Exmoor.

Expect a rich mix of singletrack, doubletrack, wonderful woodland bridleways, nuggetty lanes and technical terrain as the cross-country route climbs out of the valley and explores the rural hinterland to Watersmeet before tracing the coastline back past Woody Bay to the festival hub.


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Mountain bike sportive (short), Sat 24 Sep, 2.30pm

Taking in roughly half the course of the long-distance event, this 12-to 15-mile (20- to 25-kilometre) off-road sportive is ideal for mountain bikers of all levels, looking for a slightly shorter cycling challenge on the sensational unsealed surface of Exmoor.

Although it's half the distance, you'll still experience a full mix of terrain as the cross-country route climbs out of the valley and explores the rural hinterland before tracing the coastline back past Woody Bay to the festival hub.


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Miles of trails at Heddon Valley
Biking at Heddon Valley

Off-road duathlon, Sun 25 Sep, 10.30am

This mixed-discipline off-road race is the perfect answer for those who can't decide whether to do a trail run or a mountain bike challenge.

You can team up with a friend and take on this challenge together, one runner, one rider – there are numerous options, but whichever way you choose to attack this event, the course is incredible, combining the best running trails with the most amazing off-road cycling tracks in and around Heddon Valley.


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Exmoor Beast Road Sportive, Sun 25 Sep

Take on the 100-kilometre or 100-mile course in this popular and super-scenic – but tough – road-cycling sportive.

This event, which has established a fantastic reputation over the last few years, is being run alongside SWOF.

The 2016 course is still being finalised, but it will run close to the festival hub, so you can enjoy a full weekend of outdoor adventure and then top it off by taking part in one of the best bike challenges in the South West.

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Porlock Hill Climb Sun 25 Sep 9.30am

Organised by the Minehead Cycling Club, this uphill time trial features a fantastic 4-mile climb with a constant 5-6% gradient on closed roads. Are you tough enough to take on Exmoor's equivalent to an Alpine-style climb?  

The event attracts everyone from national elite riders to locals and enthusiasts of all ages. The event starts with the juniors and finishes with the seniors. There's a great atmosphere and it's an excellent spectator event.

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Outdoor activities


Spaces no longer available on the following sessions:
- Coastal Swim Safari on Saturday
- River swim on Sunday
- Climbing on Friday morning and afternoon, Sunday morning and afternoon
- Family rafting on Friday and Saturday
- Stand-up Paddleboarding on Friday and Saturday
- Family rockpooling on Friday, Satruday and Sunday
- Guided walks on Exmoor all sessions

Outdoor activity prices include return transport to the activity start point from the festival hub, and provision of core equipment.

Coastal wild swim safari

Discover some of North Devon's amazing hidden beaches and coves as you swim along this beautiful coastline. Look out for rare marine wildlife and see the highest sea cliffs in England from a unique perspective as you explore. Max group size of 6.

Intro river wild swimming

Discover freshwater swimming spots. After a walk along the River Lyn, slide into the beautiful embrace of the clear water and experience the thrill of outdoor swimming as you explore the river's natural pools, scenery and wonderful wildlife. Max group size of 8.

Coves waiting to be explored for the South West Outdoor Festival
Wild swimming at Heddon Valley


Experience the thrills and learn the core skills involved in outdoor climbing. During this session you will be taught a range of specific climbing skills including tying-in and belaying, as well as enjoying plenty of crag time and drinking in the fantastic views from the top of the Valley of the Rocks when you top out on routes. Max group size 8.

Family rafting

Explore the amazing North Devon coastline, learn the essentials of paddling, catch some waves and test your balance and coordination during this fun and friendly session. Min age 10. Max group size 8.

Stand-up paddleboarding

Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is an exciting and rapidly growing outdoor pursuit that can be enjoyed on flat water and in surf. It is superb for core fitness and balance. Learn the essential skills and techniques required to master SUP during this fun and educational session, which will also feature games. Max group size 8.

Get a different view of the coastline, out on a paddleboard
Get a different view of the coastline, out on a paddleboard

Coastal kayaking adventure day

Spend the day exploring North Devon’s amazing coastline on (and occasionally off) a sit-on-top kayak, discovering hidden coves, spotting amazing coastal wildlife and getting adrenaline coursing through your veins as you try out some epic coasteering jumps. Max group size 15.

Family rockpooling

Discover the huge variety of life that exists in North Devon's rockpools, learn about the fascinating creatures that call this coast home and how they have adapted to live here. Max group 12.
£35 per family of four


Guided walks on Exmoor

Explore Exmoor with local experts as you walk through an incredible variety of landscapes, from open moorland and ancient woodland to the highest sea cliffs in England. Expect stunning scenery, fascinating history and the opportunity to see amazing wildlife.

Mountain biking sessions

A fantastic half-day of professionally guided mountain biking designed for people who'd love to explore Exmoor and the North Devon coast and countryside trails by bike, who don't want to commit to an event, and those who would like some off-road riding guidance. Max group 16.


Journey along a section of the stunning North Devon coastline, by means of swimming, scrambling, climbing and jumping into the deep water. You’ll be up close and personal with the unique landscape, with the possibility of seeing wildlife such as porpoises, seals and much more.5mm winter wetsuits and wetsuit socks provided.


Discover your inner Robin Hood during an hour-long archery instruction and taster course on site at the festival.
£5 per session

Tree climbing

Explore the hidden heights of Heddon's tree canopy and get a squirrel eye's view of the valley. Totally safe, open to adults and kids alike, from 5 years upwards. Prizes on offer for fastest climbers.
£5 per go