Discover our top 21 must-do free activities

We will have a whole host of free activities for the family to get involved in at Top of the Gorge. Whether staying for the day or the whole weekend, don't for get to check these out.

Cyclists preparing to set off on the Mendip Murmuration at Cheddar Gorge

Gorge festival challenges

There's adventure to suit everyone this summer. Check out challenges for trail running, mountain biking, climbing, caving and watersports.

Have a go on the climbing wall at Top of the Gorge

#1 Climbing

Scale the four route festival climbing wall and enjoy amazing views from the heights of the festival site.

Enjoy the scenery on a walk

#2 Guided walks

Explore the gorge and nearby nature reserves with walking and wildlife experts from Cheddar Walking, Mendip Hills AONB and the Somerset Wildlife Trust.

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#3 Yoga

Join our resident yogi Christie for a session of muscle stretching and mental re-calibrating. Mass stretching sessions will be led from the stage each morning, with small group yoga sessions taking place across the weekend.

Orienteering in South Snowdonia

#4 Orienteering and navigation

Learn how to read a map and use a compass properly with Ordnance Survey’s #GetOutside Champions including David Love, Matthew Dieumegard-Thornton and Dwayne Fields.

Mysterious cave opening at Alderley Edge

#5 Caving

Explore a series of 30 metre long tunnels and discover four exciting activity chambers within the mobile caving unit.

Enjoy mountain biking in Somerset

#6 Mountain bike skills

Fine-tune your mountain bike technique with British Cycling qualified instructors from Forest Trail (tutoring U16s) and Trail Unknown, who’ll be taking adult riders around a skills course.

Exploring Llanerchaeron on a geocashing adventure

#7 Family adventure sessions

Join David Mellor, the man behind the popular Potty Adventures blog for informative and fun seminars about getting outdoors with young children.

Girl enjoying archery

#8 Archery

Discover your inner William Tell with these have a go archery sessions run by Archery GB instructors.

Stargazing on the Long Mynd

#9 Stargazing

Go on a tour of the night sky with the Space Detectives, a team of astronomers led by Mission One Education team member Jo Richardson. get a close-up (and safe) view of our nearest star, the Sun with their solar telescope.

Go barefoot walking with Julie

#10 Barefoot walking

Shed your shoes and introduce your toes and heels to the feel of the terrain below, with barefoot-walking guru Julie.

Try something new and hurl some axes

#11 Axe throwing & saw racing

Young men on slack lines

#12 Slacklining

Walk the wobbly line, with some instruction from the experts, who will also put on displays to show us all how it can be done.

Frisbee golf at Plas Newydd

#13 Disc golf

Give Frisbee golf a go and discover an addictive alfresco sport that rewards precision over power.

Foraging at Waddesdon Manor, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire

#14 Foraging

Learn how to forage for your supper with local wild food expert Adrian Boots (Sunday only)

Learn how to cook bread on a stick

#15 Campfire cooking

Bake bread and make smores on an open fire, and discover how to make nettle crisps with the Craft Invaders.

Children roll down a hill

#16 50 things

Whether you’re approaching 11¾ or nudging 46½, tick off a batch of the National Trust’s famous 50 Things list.

Make your own flower crown

#17 Bush craft

Fashion a bracelet or a flower crown from natural materials and celebrate the Solstice in style.

Learn the ukulele

#18 Ukulele

Master the dark art of uke strumming with members of the fabulous Frukes (Sunday only).

Ranger dry stone walling

#19 Dry stone walling

Try your hand at a traditional craft. Join our team as they maintain a dry stone wall.

Tent pegs, camping on Brownsea Island

#20 Pitch perfect

Take part in a tent-pitching competition run by the Yeo Valley girlguides, with great prizes for the quickest team.

Children listening to a storyteller outdoors

#21 Storytelling

Settle by the fire and listen to spellbinding yarns spun by the wild raconteurs of Time & Tide storytellers.