The National Trust is bringing its Top of the Gorge festival back to Cheddar Gorge in 2019 and is seeking volunteers to help run the event.

Billed as a carnival of outdoor adventure, entertainment, inspiration and fantastic local food and drink, it takes place from 14 to 16 June at Warren Farm, Blagdon.

The charity is now looking for up to 15 volunteers who are able to give a few hours to the event in return for a free ticket to see all the action going on.

A National Trust spokesperson said: “To help keep the festival running and a fantastic event to visit, [we are] seeking a small number of volunteers to assist at the event.

“Every volunteer will receive free entry and a camping pitch to the whole festival across the weekend.”

The pop-up campsite looks right through the jaws of the gorge towards the Somerset coast, and activities include trail running, mountain biking, climbing, caving, walking, archery, food foraging, campfire cooking, star gazing and much more.

Volunteer event crew assisting visitors at South West Outdoor Festival, Cheddar Gorge – image credit: James Dobson

Lis Ford, senior visitor experience officer for the National Trust, said: “The weekend line up brings an exciting mix of inspirational speakers, adventure challenges and plenty of time to relax in beautiful surroundings.

“We’d love for you to be able to enjoy the festival for free when you volunteer.’

“In return for one shift at the festival; helping with tasks such as welcoming, ticket office, car parking and site maintenance among others, you could enjoy free entry to Top of the Gorge festival.”

Ms Ford confirmed that full training would be given to volunteers onsite.

For further details about the festival, and to sign up to volunteer, you can visit the Top of the Gorge page on the National Trust website, or email the trust directly.

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