Get down! Potholers have their Christmas party 200ft underground in Britain’s largest cave

December 20, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

These potholers really know how to ‘get down’ and party after holding their Christmas bash 200ft underground – in Britain’s largest cave.

The group – called The Tuesday Diggers – decided to hold their annual festive party in a massive cavern they discovered in September.

A gruelling hour-long descent led the five revellers to the Frozen Deep, a 98ft-high 200ft-long chamber in the Mendip Hills near Cheddar, Somerset.

These potholers enjoy their Christmas party 200ft underground in Britain's largest cave

These potholers enjoy their Christmas party 200ft underground in Britain’s largest cave

The pals lugged Christmas decorations, party hats, food, mulled wine and even a Christmas tree through 150ft of narrow rock passageways to liven up the cave.

They sipped their wine while listening to carols being played on an MP3 player – in a giant chamber the height of a cathedral.

Caver Martin Grass said: “It was definitely the most interesting Christmas party I have ever been to, especially because we actually discovered the giant chamber.

The inside of Frozen Deep, a 98ft-high 200ft-long chamber situated in the heart of Cheddar, Somerset

The inside of Frozen Deep, a 98ft-high 200ft-long chamber situated in the heart of Cheddar, Somerset

“The key thing is that you’re not going to go down into a cave and get drunk – that’s just stupid.

“We had one small glass of mulled wine each, and still had a great time.

“Christmas Day is for drinking – the party in the cave was for pure enjoyment.”

The sales and marketing director, from Cheddar, has been caving for decades but reckons this was his best experience underground.

He added: “It was amazing – everyone had such a great time.”

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