Welcome to the Official Website of Cheddar Parish Council

This site is designed to give as much information as possible about the Parish Council – where it is, what its responsibilities are and how you can contact us.

Cheddar is a thriving village at the foot of Cheddar Gorge, where the River Yeo flows out from the famous network of caves under the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, towards the Somerset Levels. Local trade includes farming, quarrying, tourism, a wide range of support businesses, and there is also a business park. Cheddar has three schools (First, Middle & Senior), and also significant numbers of retired residents. It has several churches, many pubs, takeaways, cafes and restaurants, two banks, a sub-post office, a building society office, shops, a supermarket, and a population of about 6,000.

Cheddar Parish Council - Cox's Mill Waterfall
Cox’s Mill waterfall

The village also has a number of teams for football, cricket, hockey, and many other sports, based at Bowden’s Park football ground, the Sharpham Road sports pitches, or at Cheddar’s sports and leisure centre.

Please follow the links on the menu bar to navigate to the detailed sections about Cheddar Parish Council, its members and its work. Cheddar’s Parish Offices are situated right in the centre of the village opposite the historic Market Cross, and are open to the public weekly on Friday mornings.

We aim to develop and add to this site over time so we welcome all comments and feedback – if you think there’s anything missing from this site please feel free to contact the Clerk to let us know.

For accommodation, transport, events and other general local information please visit the separate Cheddar Village web site.

For walking routes in and around Cheddar, visit the Cheddar Walking web site, and also download our Historic Walk PDF guide.