About

Our Mission

CavefestUK is the UK’s only gathering of cavers focused primarily on exploring local caves during the event. A South West & Somerset based company that has organised caving festivals for the last 3 years. We are dedicated to bringing cavers and potential cavers together to share knowledge and explore a variety of caves in a supportive and social way. The aim of the event is to explore the caves while sharing our knowledge and ideas, creating a better public understanding of all things caving by giving more people an opportunity to take a look.

For the Caver and the curious  alike. Explore millions of years of history just below your feet, an environment unlike any you will experience above ground. From the intriguing Formations helictites and gower pools to the wonders of calcite waterfalls many metres high. From a gentle stroll through big caverns to the challenges of climbs up water falls and manoeuvring through rifts created by the magnitude of the earths movements throughout the ages.

Ok, that was deep (pardon the pun). So what do our regular cavers have to look forward to? The opportunity to cave with new and joyful cavers. There is nothing like visiting a cave with someone full of the joy of a toddler seeing the world for the first time. How about the route less travelled? We have some restricted access cave trips booked that require registered leaders to guide your trip. This organised trips are not to be missed and have all the otherworldly beauty you could wish for.

Join us at CavefestUK for a voyage of exploration and discovery into the hidden depths of the Mendips. Meet some great people who share a passion for caving, cave conservation, sport and cider of course (we are in Somerset after all). CavefestUK aims to bring the community together to explore the wonders of caving.

It is important to us that the spirit of togetherness is at the heart of what we do. Our volunteers give their time and effort behind the scenes all year round just to make CavefestUK happen. We do all the hard work so you don’t have to.

CavefestUK are fast becoming the No.1 cave festival organisation team in the country. The reason for this is our open approach to caving and open-minded thinking. We take pride in providing events for cavers as we are all cavers ourselves.

Our family-friendly campsites and warm welcome, fantastic social atmosphere and various activities and adventures to take part in, give the perfect opportunity for cavers to enjoy everything about their sport.
By focusing on the active side of caving, along with the social side of things, we are able to create an event that appeals to everyone.

The leaders’ availability and access arrangements are handled by CavefestUK, and is done with close co-operation with local caving councils and their members.

All proceeds go to charity and the future of CavefestUK festivals

Our future goal is to become the No.1 providers of UK caving festivals, and to continue to do so in an inclusive way, bringing people and their communities together.


We're not for profit

Your donations help us to create bigger and better events for you!

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Meet the Team

Neil

Chairman

Hi, I’m Neil. I’ve been caving for 35 yrs and I’ve enjoyed every trip. Even the scary ones. I want to share my passion with you all, and with CavefestUK, i plan to do just that.

Tanya

Design & Web Master

Hi I’m Tanya. Having done some caving back in 2009, I finally found my tribe in Jan 2019 with the MCG, leading me to the CavefestUK team. I cave weekly and love nothing more than a thruchy squeeze and caverns filled with lots of pretty sparkly formations.

John

Treasurer

Hi, I’m John. I’m from South Wales and have been caving for just 5 years. Desk jockey and bean counter on weekdays – caveman on weekends! Loves the pretties, but better is seeing new cavers reaction to some of the amazing sights we see underground.

Daniel

Secretary

Hi I’m dan if I’m not faffing you’ll find me underground somewhere whether it be a mine or a cave and during the summer you’ll find me on a mountain or dangling from a rope.

Pad

Social Media & Marketing

Hey my name is Pad. Im fairly new to Caving, I only started a a year ago at Cavefest 2019. Ive been free running and doing parkour for over 9 years and have been amateur filming and editing video for about a year.

Mel

Technical support advisor

Hi! I’m Mel! And I’m usually found in a field somewhere having a catch up with the local cows. I’m always looking for new adventures and caving gives me 2 things I love best – mud and bats!

Dave

Face of Cavefest

Hi I’m Dave …crazy Dave lives in Yeovil and has been caving for around 5 years, regular weekday caver with the odd weekend in Wales.Would like to get in to SRT as I like the straps and things?but seriously I need to get some SRT kit and advance my craft!

Mike

Web Master Assist

I’m Mike. I’m from Weston super mare in somerset and I’ve been caving for nearly 10 years now. my main area of caving is on the Mendips, as it’s local to me. I’m a Wessex cave club member and I’ve been on expeditions abroad. I helped with the running of the first ever CavefestUK and will support the event for the foreseeable future

Sam

Entertainment Manager & resident musician

Hi I'm Sam, Im a musician through and through, my musical taste ranges from electronic music to early swing & jazz. I joined up with cavefest when I was invited to perform at their very first festival. Since then I’ve worked with Neil to ensure the music-side of things are taken care of! Get in touch if you are a band / performer looking to be on our line-up for next year. For more info visit www.samevansmusic.co.uk