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Mendip Rocks! 2016 Family Funday Frome

Mendip Rocks! 2016 – Festival Launch Family Funday – Frome Museum Saturday September 17th 10am – 4pm Free Event - Donations welcome – Tours charged Frome Museum , 1 North Parade, Frome, BA11 1AT Cheese and Grain free car park. Hands-on activities provided by … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! 2016 Family Funday Burrington Combe

Mendip Rocks! 2016 Burrington Combe  Family Funday Sunday September 18th 1pm – 4pm Free event - donations welcome A funday for all the family exploring Burrington Ham’s geological history with Mendip Hill’s AONB team. Come along and join the wild trail … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! 2016 Banwell Bone Cave and Follies Tour

Mendip Rocks! 2016 Banwell Bone Caves History tour Tuesday September 20th 2.30pm-5pm £10 per person Children (over 7 only please) Free   Introductory film and guided tour to see the fascinating caves and follies with cave historian John Haynes. Some … Continue reading

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Mendip Rock! 2016 Ubley Warren

Mendip Rocks 2016! Practical Task  Drystone Walling Ubley Warren  Wednesday September 21st 10.30 – 3.30 Join West Mendip Conservation Volunteers for a day of drystone walling at Ubley Warren Nature Reserve. No previous experience necessary, training will be provided. Task … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! 2016 Mini Bus Quarry Tour

Mendip Rocks! 2016 Twilight Whatley Quarry Tour Wednesday September 21st 5.30 – 7.30 £5 per person   Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moon’s Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU A guided minibus tour to see the vast working quarry at … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! 2016 Bleadon Hill Walk

Bleadon Hill and Western Mendips Walk  Thursday 22nd September  11am – 3pm Free Event – Donations welcome Bleadon Hill Car Park ST 358 578   Guided walk exploring the limestone landscapes of Bleadon Hill and Shiplait Slait, both nationally rare … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! 2016 Banwell Bone Cave and Follies Tour

Mendip Rocks! 2016 Banwell Bone Caves History tour Saturday September 24th 2.30pm-5pm £10 per person Children (over 7 only please) Free   Introductory film and guided tour to see the fascinating caves and follies with cave historian John Haynes. Some … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! 2016 Banwell Bone Cave and Follies Tour

Mendip Rocks! 2016 Banwell Bone Caves History tour Tuesday September 27th 2.30pm-5pm £10 per person Children (over 7 only please) Free   Introductory film and guided tour to see the fascinating caves and follies with cave historian John Haynes. Some … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks 2016! Wells Cathedral Green – A Story in Stone

Wells Cathedral Green – A Story in Stone  Wednesday September 28th 3.30pm-4.30pm Wells Museum, Wells Cathedral Green BA5 2 UE Free event – Donations welcome   A walk around Cathedral Green with Cathedral School geologist David Rowley to see range of building … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! 2016 Mini Bus Quarry Tour

Mendip Rocks! 2016 Twilight Whatley Quarry Tour Friday September 30th 5.30 – 7.30 £5 per person   Somerset Earth Science Centre, Moon’s Hill Quarry, Stoke St Michael, BA3 5JU A guided minibus tour to see the vast working quarry at … Continue reading

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Mendip Hills Fund Open!

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR PROJECTS SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE MENDIP HILLS Somerset Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the latest grant round for the Mendip Hills Fund is now open for applications. Grant funding of up to … Continue reading

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Discovering Black Down Holiday Activities

Free Family events in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) If you are looking for ideas on how to entertain the children during the long summer holidays, then why not bring them along to one of the … Continue reading

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Mendip Rocks! Festival Launch 2016

Mendip Rocks! Festival 2016 – Launch Event Wild Westbury Quarry Family Funday Saturday 16th July  2pm – 5pm Westbury Quarry, Stancombe Lane, Westbury-sub-Mendip BA5 1HT Guided walk at 2pm, bug hunts, clay critters, fossils and lots more for all ages. … Continue reading

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Newsletter June 2016

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Volunteers Build New Boardwalk at East Harptree Woods

Volunteers celebrated the opening of a new boardwalk in East Harptree Woods on Wednesday 22nd June with a boardwalk shaped cake! The volunteers with the Mendip Hills AONB Unit built the new boardwalk on a footpath in East Harptree Woods … Continue reading

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Monday Morning Walk

Nature and Wellbeing Project Walk Wells Blue School Sports Centre Kennion Road, Wells Monday 20th June 10.15am Everyone welcome. You’ll be led by experienced Mendip Hills AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – true) volunteers who will take you onto the West … Continue reading

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New Manager for the Mendip Hills AONB Unit

We’re very pleased to welcome Jim Hardcastle as the new manager of the Mendip Hills AONB Unit. Jim’s role will be to look after the team, coordinate the management plan for the area and help the AONB Partnership to run … Continue reading

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Newsletter May 2016

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Weekend Events

Lead Mining History and Ecology on the Mendip Hills Saturday 14th May 2pm – 4pm Lead mining no longer takes place on the Mendips and old spoil heaps and mines are now home to some very rare habitats and species. … Continue reading

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Newsletter April 2016

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Chew Valley Bird Fair

Chew Valley Bird Fair Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd April 10am – 4pm The annual Chew Valley Bird Fair provides nature lovers, birdwatchers and photographers with a great day out in the country. It takes place on the lawns outside … Continue reading

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2016 Heritage Day

MENDIP HILLS HERITAGE DAY Saturday 16 April 10am – 4pm The 2016 Heritage Day’ speakers currently include: Charlie & Nancy Hollinrake on Leighton Medieval Ironworks at Torr Quarry, East Mendip Dr SusanShaw Rock End & the lost cottages of Cheddar … Continue reading

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Newsletter March 2016

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Living Well Exhibition

Living Well Exhibition An event for people living with and beyond cancer Saturday 12th March 10am – 1.30pm Somerset College, Wellington Road, Taunton Nature and Wellbeing Officer Kristen Lambert and AONB volunteers will be attending the Living Well Exhibition (Event Flyer … Continue reading

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Newsletter February 2016

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Thursday 18th February 12 – 4pm

Half-Term Family Fun On Thursday 18th February from 12 – 4pm come along to the National Trust Information Centre in Cheddar Gorge for a FREE afternoon of activities with the Mendip Hills AONB team. There will be fun activities for … Continue reading

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Half Term Family Fun

Half-Term Family Fun On Thursday 18th February from 12 – 4pm come along to the National Trust Information Centre in Cheddar Gorge for a FREE afternoon of activities with the Mendip Hills AONB team. There will be fun activities for … Continue reading

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Newsletter January 2016

Newsletter January 2016 (PDF download 880KB)

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Outstanding Volunteers Needed

The Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit is currently recruiting volunteers to assist with events and promotion of the area. The AONB Unit is extremely lucky to have a very committed group of active volunteers who undertake … Continue reading

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Discovering Black Down Youth Project

Thirty young volunteers have contributed 737 hours of their time to improve Black Down in the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The volunteers were participating in the Discovering Black Down Youth Project that is part of the … Continue reading

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