Gorge-ous makeover

An artist’s rendering of the new light shows currently being installed at Cox’s Cave.

One of Britain’s most magical underground spaces is currently being transformed, ahead of its re-opening at Easter.

Cox’s Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, has had a huge footfall of guests, experts and royal visitors since it was first discovered in 1837, but this will be the first time in a quarter of a century that the showcave will have been the subject of a complete makeover.

Consisting of seven small grottoes joined by low archways, the cave offers a natural, atmospheric setting of calcite sculptures and mirror pools, and new technology including state of the art lights and lasers will be used.

The new experience at Cox’s Cave is part of a £400,000 investment plan at Cheddar Gorge and Caves for 2016, which will also see the introduction of new interpretation elsewhere, as well as the refreshing of buildings and shopfronts in the gorge.

Cox’s Cave is included in the general admission price of a visit to Cheddar Gorge and Caves, which offers discounts for groups of 12 people or more.

For further information telephone 01934 742343 or visit the Cheddar Gorge website.