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Cavern Tour with make a Blue John Christmas decoration

by Treak Cliff Cavern
per adult Price is $39
Duration: 2h 30m Free cancellation available No Booking Fees E-voucher (printout not required) Offered in: English Offered in: English

Highlights

  • Tour of the Visitor Attraction: see Blue John Stone in situ

  • Wonder at the finest stalactites in the Peak District

  • Create your own unique Christmas decoration

  • Hands On craft experience working with Blue John Stone

  • Wander in the museum: see historic items of Blue John Stone

Highlights

  • Tour of the Visitor Attraction: see Blue John Stone in situ

  • Wonder at the finest stalactites in the Peak District

  • Create your own unique Christmas decoration

  • Hands On craft experience working with Blue John Stone

  • Wander in the museum: see historic items of Blue John Stone

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10:30 AM, Cavern Tour with make a Blue John Christmas decoration in English, includes Drinks Only

Duration 2h 30m

Live Commentary in English.

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Total price is $38.56, taxes included

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Cavern Tour with make a Blue John Christmas decoration

Activity Location

Treak Cliff Cavern

Buxton Road

Castleton S33

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Treak Cliff Cavern

    Buxton Road

    Castleton S33 8WP


Description

Take the 45 minute guided tour of the Cavern to see an Underground Wonderland of rocks, minerals and fossils. Your tour takes in 7 chambers including The Witch's Cave, Aladdin's Cave, Fairyland and the Dream Cave. You will be able to see and touch the largest Blue John Stone deposits still in situ. the Blue John Pillar, the Pocket and the Blue John arch.

Deeper down are the finest stalactites and stalagmites in the Peak District, and your guide will tell you how they formed, along with some geological history of the Cavern. Discover where our drinking water supply comes from, before returning to the outside to take in the lovely view of Castleton and the Hope Valley from the cavern Exit area. Learn more from the information panels about the mining history of this hillside.

Gently stroll down hill back to the buildings at the Entrance area where you can wander in the Visitor Centre, and discover more about Blue John Stone. In the Museum compare the different Vein patterns and colours of the ornamental items, and the Blue John Stone on display. This may help you decide on the piece of stone you choose to make your unique Christmas decoration from!

Next you go into the work shop where the crafts people will help you select your semi prepared piece of Blue John Stone: they will show you how to rub it with different grades of abrasive paper until ready for the final stage. Then they will supervise while you polish it to a lovely shine. Next glue on a bell cap, and when dry add the jump ring and elastic thread. These can be sillver or gold coloured.

Finally you may like to browse in the shop for other Blue John jewellery, or rocks and minerals from all over the world!

During the Experience you may want to try our Light Lunches, Cream Tea or some of our Blue John Cake ! A hot drink made from our own drinking water collected in the Cavern and pumped directly to the tea urn in the cafe area is included in this Experience. Choose from several Specialty teas, Artisan Loose Leaf Blue John Tea and locally roasted Winnats Pass Brew Coffee. Try local Hope Valley icecream (subject to availability) each flavour named after a cow from the dairy herd, milked by the same family for 300 years! That's the same length of time Blue John Stone has been mined at Treak Cliff.!


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Treak Clif Cavern

  • Materials, tools and equipment to work the Blue John Stone

  • Slice of Blue John Stone to make into a decoration

  • Expert tuition with our crafts people in the work shop

  • Tea or Coffee, or cold drink


Exclusions

  • Meals

  • Protective clothing


Know Before You Book

  • Minimum booking is for 2 adults

  • Some physical and medical conditions may restrict your ability to visit us: do check our own website for full access details.

  • There is NO wheelchair access either to or through the Cavern.