Cheddar Visitor Centre is Open
The Cheddar Visitor Information Centre was purpose built by Sedgemoor District Council in the late 1980’s and was more recently leased by the National Trust, and was known as the Cheddar Gorge National Trust Shop. After the National Trust announced in late 2020 that it would not be renewing its lease the Cheddar Vision Group decided to take on the building as a community project, continuing the provision of visitor information services to support the local economy and provide volunteering opportunities for local people. The Cheddar Visitor Information Centre is operated under the auspices of the Cheddar Community Partnership CIC and under the Discover Cheddar brand.
Discover Cheddar is the public face of the Cheddar Vision Group, presenting Cheddar and the Mendip Hills to people who are interested in a broad range of activities and are largely not tied to the school holidays, and promoting Cheddar as the destination from which to explore and enjoy the Cheddar Valley, the Mendip Hills and the surrounding area.
Cheddar Vision Group
Comprising Cheddar Parish Council, Sedgemoor District Council, the Mendip Hills AONB, the National Trust, Somerset Wildlife Trust, Cheddar Chamber of Commerce and Longleat Enterprises (Cheddar Caves) among others, the Cheddar Vision Group is an un-constituted strategy group with the aim of growing the visitor economy to benefit local businesses, create jobs and benefit the broader community, while also being conscious of the need to look after the natural environment. Objectives include developing more sustainable employment, encouraging inward investment and stimulating entrepreneurialism locally.
Cheddar Community Partnership CIC
Following a research programme funded by the National Lottery’s Big Lottery grant scheme in 2016, the Cheddar Community Partnership was formed as a not for profit Community Interest Company (CIC) with the objective of kick-starting local community projects and being a vehicle that existing projects could use to obtain funding without the need to form their own constitution and governance. In 2017 the Cheddar Community Partnership, with support from Mind and the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group established The Space supporting the mental health of children and young people. In April 2020, The Space became an independent charity.
Make the most of your trip to Cheddar
Nestling at the foot of the stunning Mendip Hills, Cheddar has been a welcoming place for visitors since the earliest times. Renown for the amazing gorge, the village features some fine buildings and many great independent cafés, restaurants, shops and pubs, and the small medieval market town of Axbridge is only a 30 minute walk away.
Today Cheddar is a haven for anyone who enjoys both natural beauty and outdoor adventure while also being conscious of the need to look after the natural environment.
Our Core Values
Responsible enjoyment of the natural environment.
The conservation of the earth’s resources and the protection of wildlife habitats.
Access for all – facilities and support for people of all abilities.