Annual Rock festival begins

Tuesday 10th July 2018

Let there be Rock! This year’s special programme of events that celebrates the unique geology of the Mendip Hills is has started.

The Mendip Rocks! programme has been organised by the AONB Unit and the Somerset Earth Science Centre since 2011. Each year there are lots of events that let people see what makes Mendip through trails, quarry visits, evening talks and behind the scenes tours. The programme has events for all ages and knowledge and runs from now until the end of October.

This year’s launch in Burrington Combe was a great family day out thanks to Peter Hardy for his fossil expertise, The Mendip Society volunteers for making cave art with children, the Somerset Earth Science Centre for making limestone rock and we ran our geological time trail taking people back 450 million years.

If you missed this event, come along to “It’s a blast at Westbury Quarry” to discover how the quarry has been restored for wildlife and is now used for explosive research. Watch a demo blast – safely controlled by expert Nigel Taylor on Saturday 4th August 10am-3.30pm.  A free event but you need to book here.

The full Mendip Rocks! programme is available to view here.

The team behind Mendip Rocks! launch 2018; Adel Avery, programme coordinator, Peter Hardy, geologist, Andy Mallender, AONB Unit, Dr Gill Odolphie, Earth Science Centre, Malcolm Parsons, AONB volunteer ranger, Cllr Nigel Taylor, AONB Partnership Chairman, Jean Bullen, AONB volunteer ranger, Royette Chapman, AONB volunteer ranger

The team behind Mendip Rocks! launch 2018; Adel Avery, programme coordinator, Peter Hardy, geologist, Andy Mallender, AONB Unit, Dr Gill Odolphie, Earth Science Centre, Malcolm Parsons, AONB volunteer ranger, Cllr Nigel Taylor, AONB Partnership Chairman, Jean Bullen, AONB volunteer ranger, Royette Chapman, AONB volunteer ranger