We’re heading down to the south west of England for my latest travel blog – visiting the underground world of Wookey Hole and discovering the incredible historical treasures it houses. Wookey Hole – one of the country’s top attractions – is one of 50 brilliant days out in my new book, Days Out Underground: 50 Subterranean Adventures Beneath Britain. And I’m so pleased to be able to say that I’ve teamed up with the family-friendly Wookey Hole to provide a 20% discount on admission prices when you buy a signed copy of Days Out Underground before Christmas 2019. And that’s not all, because when you get the book you will also get discount codes for some of the other attractions in the book too! To get your copy and your discounts off admission, head on over to my website and your own copy right now!
A well-established family day out in the Mendips, the astonishing cave network at Wookey Hole is just one attraction on a long list of activities offered to visitors. The ticket to Wookey Hole enables you to go on a 40-minute guided tour underground to kick off your day, followed by a series of smaller attractions such as a paper-making counter, mini-golf, soft play area, 4D cinema experience and a mock-seaside zone complete with penny amusements and a hall of mirrors. It’s the stuff of dreams for a family with young children on a wet day of the holiday.
After entering the Wookey Hole attraction, you’re directed up the hill to the cave entrance. Expect a small wait here at busy times and be prepared for a pirate wanting to take a family photo. When it’s time to enter the cave, the first thing you come face to face with is the model of the witch who was said to have made a home here. The legend of the witch is something the tour guide plays on for spooky effect, setting up the story and rounding it off with visions of flowstone and stalagmites that have formed into the shape of a witch’s head and dog.
Cave-aged Cheddar cheese is a local delicacy and available in the shop here and elsewhere. There’s a whole passageway in the cave dedicated to this process, with shelf upon shelf of cheese lined up, dated and monitored. Blue Peter came here to investigate the cheese-making process, but they are not the only filming crew to show an interest in the underground landscape at Wookey Hole. When Tom Baker played Doctor Who, he filmed an episode which featured these rocky passageways and chambers beneath the Mendip hills. His dreaded nemesis in the Wookey Hole caves was none other than the Cybermen. Hopefully there won’t be any of them lingering around on your visit.
A visit to Wookey Hole is worth setting a full day aside for, and there’s no shortage of things to do for all the family. To find out more about this and other great days out, order your copy of Day Out Underground now – and get it signed to you or a loved one on my website!