Cheddar Gallery closes in Cheddar Gorge
Cheddar Gallery has closed its shop doors in Cheddar Gorge for the last time.
Dubbed “the first and last shop in Cheddar”, the outlet has been closed by Matt Clark.
But the behind-the-scenes painting holidays will continue and even grow.
The outlet’s decline started last year and falling visitor numbers was blamed on disastrous weather and road closures.
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Mr Clark said: “Those who have come to marvel at the caves or gorge obviously appreciate beautiful scenery and so do we at Cheddar Gallery.
“It was for this purpose we wanted to promote the beauty of God’s creation through fine art and photography in such a stunning location.”
To keep paying rent and other running costs with insufficient income was no longer a viable option so Mr Clark made the decision to close the gallery and concentrate all his efforts on the painting holiday side of the business.
It has expanded from organising West Country trips, now also organising jaunts to the continent.
The shop closure is the latest at the tourist spot, following the retirement of the owners of Cloud Nine and the shutting of Mister Fudge back in October, both on Queen’s Row.
Mr Clark took over Cheddar Gallery in 2007. The shop used to occupied by a glassblower.
The gallery showcased local artists and photographers.