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More caves to be explored at Wookey Hole

Owners of Wookey Hole plan to open up unseen caverns beneath the Mendips Credit: Wookey Hole Caves

The owners of Wookey Hole plan to open up unseen caverns beneath the Mendips as part of a £3 Million explansion.

Specialist consulting engineers have carried out a full geotechnical survey of rocks and plans are being submitted to bore an access tunnel through the rocks so that visitors can see a spectacular underground lake and cave formations only previously seen by cave divers.

The owners of Wookey Hole plan to open up unseen caverns beneath the Mendips as part of a £3 Million explansion Credit: Wookey Hole Caves

Geotechnical checks have been made and the new tunnel will take around a month of work and will be ready in time for the summer holidays.

The local authority have passed our plans for this exciting new development and we start work literally tunnelling into the unknown.

The new tunnel will be similar to the one created in 1973 which enabled people to see extra caverns and which is now an established part of our tour.

The tunnel created then is also used to store Wookey Hole Cave Aged Cheddar. The new access tunnel will be 70 metres long and will enable people to go into the 20th Chamber, which the cave divers have always called King Arthur’s Beard because of the shape of a rock formation in it.

The new chamber will give people an insight into a world only glimpsed by a few people that are brave enough to swim underwater with oxygen tanks to access it at the moment.

– Daniel Medley, Director, Wookey Hole Caves

Bristol couple become first in UK to marry on a high wire

Chris Bull and Phoebe Baker got hitched on a high wire above Wookey Hole Credit: ITV News

A couple from Bristol took their romance to new heights today, when they got married in Somerset on a high wire.

The bridegroom is traditionally left hanging around but this was taking things to extremes. 80 feet above the ground professional tight rope Chris Bull waited for Phoebe Baker to join him. She met him when she was making him a costume, they fell in love. He trained Phoebe to walk the ropes but never thought she'd join him in Britain's first ever high wire wedding.

Chris, who lives with Phoebe in an original 1930s showman's caravan in Hanham in Bristol said: "I've been a rope walker for 12 years and it was something I'd always dreamt of.

"I never thought I'd find a wife to agree but I proposed to Phoebe in Burma and one of the first conversations we had about it was me saying how cool it would be to get married on a high wire."

This afternoon that dream came true. They said 'I do' over the heads of around 100 friends and family watching from the ground at Wookey Hole

First ever high-wire wedding takes place in Somerset

Professional rope walker Chris Bull will marry Phoebe Baker 25 metres in the air at Wookey Hole. Credit: ITV News

The UK's first ever high wire wedding takes place in Somerset later.

Professional rope walker Chris Bull will marry Phoebe Baker 25 metres in the air at Wookey Hole.

Starting from opposite ends of a 75 metre-long high-wire, the couple will meet in the middle and say 'I do'.

An ordained ringmaster will conduct the ceremony by megaphone from the ground.

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Witch Wanted at Wookey Hole

The owners of Wookey Hole caves in Somerset are so disappointed with the number of applications to play the resident witch, they are to advertise the job in Eastern Europe.

The current witch is stepping down from her part-time role, which pays £50,000 a year pro rata.

Witch at Wookey Hole Credit: Press Association

Wookey Hole graffiti was 'well planned'

It seems the images were well planned and have been drawn by some sophisticated and talented artist.

Obviously we are not far from Bristol where the council is encouraging graffiti art and where Banksy started.

For now the caves are open and we are letting the public decide whether they think the graffiti is art or vandalism.

Nothing offensive has been drawn but obviously the caves are a natural environment and some people do not like graffiti.”

– Daniel Medley, Owner, Wookey Hole
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