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Taking place for the first time in June 2018, the Top of the Gorge Festival is a weekend-long carnival of outdoor adventure and entertainment happening just outside Cheddar, Somerset, above Britain’s biggest gorge, with activities sprawling out across the crags, caves, trails and lakes of the magical Mendip Hills.

Top of the Gorge FestivalThe festival features many family friendly pursuits – including walking, climbing, caving, kayaking, camp cooking, wild-food foraging, star gazing, SUP, archery and axe throwing – plus mass-participation events such as trail-running races (ranging from 3km, 6km and 10km distances, right through to a half and full off-road marathon) and the Mendip Murmuration, a challenging 20 or 30-mile mountain-bike sportive.

Welcoming weekend campers and day visitors alike, the pop-up festival site boasts incredible views through the jaws of the famous gorge – the UK’s highest inland cliffs – right out to the Somerset coast. Amid all the action, guest speakers including Anna McNuff and Dave Cornthwaite will entertain and inspire audiences in the adventure tents, and there will be live music on the main stage in the evening, with Britain’s very own grand canyon as a backdrop.

Once they’ve worked up an appetite, festival goers can explore tastes of the region by gorging on local delicacies such as cave-aged Cheddar cheese and juicy Somerset strawberries, washing them down with smoothies and fruit juice from neighbouring farms, or – for the adults – craft ales, ciders, wines and boutique spirits made in the Mendips.

Outdoor Fitness and the National Trust are offering one lucky reader a family weekend pass for the inaugural Top of the Gorge Festival (covering camping, parking, all talks and entertainment, and many on-site activities for two adults and up to three kids aged 5–17). To get your name in the frame for this amazing prize, you can enter below.  

For more details on the festival, see the feature on page 108 of May’s Outdoor Fitness Magazine, and to book tickets, visit the event website.


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Entries close at midnight on 03/05/2018 and the winner will be drawn 04/05/2018. The winner will be notified within 28 days of the close of entries. The draw is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Entry is free. Open to residents of the UK aged over 18. Employees of Kelsey Media and their family members are not eligible to win. Only one entry permitted per person, no bulk entries will be accepted. The first correct entry drawn after the closing date will win. There is no cash alternative and the prize is not transferable. If any prize or product is lost or damaged during the course of delivery to the recipient, Kelsey Media will provide reasonable assistance in seeking to resolve the problem. However, it will not always be possible to obtain replacements for lost or damaged goods, and in that event, no financial compensation would be payable by Kelsey Media or their affiliates. We reserve the right to cancel the competition, if circumstances change that are beyond our control.

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