IT'S THE WEEKEND: Family fun - The attractions of Cheddar Gorge

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Take the family for an exciting day out this summer which embraces the great outdoors. Reporter SOPHIE BROWNSON looks at the fun to be had at CHEDDAR GORGE.

TAKE advantage of the good weather this summer and explore Britain's biggest gorge with all the family at Somerset’s Cheddar Gorge.

A great day out for families, nature and history lovers, and outdoor adventurers, Cheddar Gorge has something for everyone.

This world-famous site is an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, featuring cliffs rising 450ft to stunning stalactite caverns.

Visitors can discover stories of prehistoric ancestors, and is an international centre for caving and rock climbing. Those who buy a 'Gorge & Caves Explorer' ticket have access to seven great attractions, including Gough’s Cave; Cheddar Man – Museum of Prehistory; Cox’s Cave; The Lookout Tower; Cliff-top Gorge Walk and the Gorge Open-Top Bus Tour.

Cox's Cave is sure to go down well with the whole family, providing an amazing underground adventure. The brilliantly coloured crystalline grotto has fantastic calcite sculptures, dancing fountains, mirror pools and evocative music and lighting.

Meanwhile Gough's Cave is one of Britain’s most impressive stalactite caverns, where visitors can meet ‘Cheddar Man’ who once lived here, and learn about the caves fascinating story using audio guides provided.

A definite highlight is the Gorge Open-Top Bus Tour where you can enjoy a ride filled with fun and interesting facts from your guide, while marvelling at the scenery on your tour of Britain's biggest gorge.

For those looking to keep the kids busy,. take them to the Cheddar Man - Museum of Prehistory, where that cab get involved in cave painting and the summer demonstrations of flint knapping and fire making at the museum which tells the story of how our ancestors survived the Ice Ages.

The sporty members of the group will also have the chance to bur off energy with a climb to the Lookout Tower, which offers impressive views of the Gorge.

While you’re up there it’s also worth taking a walk along the stunning cliff tops and enjoy the finest views in Somerset.

Cheddar Gorge is on the Mendip Hills, in Cheddar, Somerset, England.

It is open from 10.30am to 5pm and a family saver ticket costs £57.50 on the gate.

For more information and to but tickets online visit http://www.cheddargorge.co.uk

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