Events Code of Conduct

In recent years an increasing number of large-scale events have been taking place in the AONB. To try and ensure that such  events do not have a negative impact on the environment and on other people’s enjoyment of the area the AONB Partnership has produced guidelines with the aim of ensuring that events within the AONB are appropriate, well planned, well located and well organised.

Code of Conduct for Event Organisers (PDF download – 30KB)

Cheddar Parish Council have produced the following guidance – Cheddar Village and Gorge Events Guidance

The Historic Landscape of the Mendip Hills  by Elaine Jamieson (rrp £35.00)  (launched 23rd July 2015) To order a copy please telephone 01235 465577 or email Marston Direct Orders

Dates for your Diary

‘step in stone’ - multistranded art trail around disused and working quarries in the East Mendips.
July to October 2015 
Final Programme of Walks Talks and Workshops (PDF download 1.5MB)

Wild Westbury Quarry
Saturday 1st August
2pm – 5pm
Pre-event for Mendip Rocks! Festival of Geology in October 2015

A tour of this former limestone quarry where cave bears once lived, and now a haven for wildlife, wildlflower meadows and fascinating fossils and geology.
Guided walk at 2pm with Quarry manager Nigel Taylor,
Children’s activities; Bug hunts, clay critters, fossils  and lots more for all ages
Car parking in Westbury Quarry, Stancombe Lane,Westbury-sub-Mendip, Near Wells, BA5 1HT
Free event but donations welcome – £3 per adult/£1 child.
Booking essential Nigel Taylor 01749 871289 or email Nigel Taylor   Westbury Quarry

The Car Boot Museum
1- 2nd August
Chew valley Lake, Wells, Cheddar Gorge and Priddy 

Artist Alice Maddicott is creating her own museum in the boot of her car and touring around Somerset, exploring her home county, seeking out the hidden meanings of its everyday objects and landscape, and creating a collaborative poetic travelogue. Final exhibition in Bath during Somerset Art Weeks Festival October 2015. For full itinerary go to Alice Maddicott web site

Outstanding Week 19th- 27th September – a wide range of activities in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty across the country. Further information available soon.

Mendip Hills AONB is organising two walks;

Knowle Hill Welly Walk
Sunday 20 September

Join the Mendip Hills AONB Volunteer Rangers for a 2 ½ mile walk from Chew Valley Lake to the top of Knowle Hill.  This short walk, suitable for little legs, is rewarded with far reaching views across the Chew Valley to the Mendip Hills.
Max number of people: 20
Booking essential please email Andrew Mallender or Contact Us

Wednesday 23 September
10.00am – 12.30pm

If you have ever wondered what the strange tumps are on Black Down or the secret story behind the bunker, then why not join Ruth Coleman on a walk back in time. Come along for a walk up onto Black Down and find out about the secret world of Starfish during WWII and how the area acted as a decoy site for Bristol.
Max number of people: 2
Booking essential please email Stuart Bardsley or got to the Discovering Black Down Calendar

Tourism in the Mendip Hills AONB – Mendip Hills AONB & Visit Somerset
Mon 16th November
10.00- 2.00pm
Yeo Valley HQ, Blagdon
Showcase of sustainable tourism businesses and networking for local businesses
£10 per place includes 2 course local produce lunch in Fodder – Booking essential:
Please email Mendip Hills AONB or Contact Us
Full programme available soon.

Events for the Discovering Black Down project are now on the Discovering Black Down web site.