AboutThis Experience gives you the opportunity to work with our craftsmen and gives you a 'hands on' unique experience of Blue John Stone, not available anywhere else. This is the only place in the world where you will be allowed to explore in the mines and work with specialist Blue John craftsmen. You will get suited and booted and expect to get muddy, as we take you underground to prospect for your very own piece of Blue John mineral. Once you have discovered your piece we will take you into the workshop, where our Craftsmen will help you clean and assess what you have found. You will then have the choice to turn your chunk of Blue John into a polished or natural specimen. In the workshop you select more pieces to create a window hanger/Christmas decoration, and an item of silver jewellery. Choose from a ring, a pendant or a tie slide. (For an additional charge, you can choose a pair of earrings or cufflinks)
Included in the Experience is the Self guided Audio Tour of Treak Cliff Cavern on your own smartphone. In November and December this has a seasonal Christmas twist. With an App previously downloaded onto your Smart phone, you follow a marked route through the cavern, with the information delivered to your phone via Blue tooth beacons as you move along.
Our tours are designed to meet the new Good To Go standard introduced by Visit Britain after the Corona-virus lock-down. Entry times and online booking limit slots to your group only, so you effectively have a socially distanced private tour. enabling you to focus on the stunning cave and the audio tour, and the Christmas lights and themes. The walking tour lasts around 1 hour and you can stop, take photographs and gaze at the rocks around you !! The cavern is decorated with fairy lights, Christmas trees, and candles, with a little history of Christmas Customs and origins. Rocks and minerals from around the world are incorporated into the decorations to create even more Festive Feel, including a giant fossil and sparkly minerals, with Fairy lights shining through them!
The Christmas Rocks Trail focuses on the decorations and the minerals as you take your journey through the Cavern. For this you receive your own Quiz Sheet and pencil, and the correct answers can be discovered from our friendly staff in the entrance area after your tour!
The self-guided Audio on your own smartphone takes you on the Tour of the Cavern, and you can stop and start as you go along to answer the Christmas Rocks Trail quiz. You will see the Underground Wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites, rocks, minerals and fossils, and our beautiful unique Blue John Stone!
Be aware we are on a steep hillside so there is no wheelchair access to or inside the Cavern, and some areas underground are low and narrow. We look forward to welcoming you!
Arrive at the Cavern buildings for 10.30am to be greeted by your host for the day who will show you the museum and workshops. Our friendly staff will help you decide in which order to do the various elements of your Experience, and choose your silver jewellery setting to work with later on. Elements include; prospecting in the mining areas for your Blue John Stone; taking the Audio Tour, with the Christmas Rocks Quiz; washing and sorting your finds from prospecting; workshop time with the craftsmen to create your chosen projects from Blue John Stone.
Since each piece of Blue John Stone has distinctive pattern and colour combinations, you’ll be creating very own piece of unique jewellery and hanger.
Before you arrive, please download the Situate app from the App store, so you can read about Treak Cliff Cavern in advance of your visit if you want to.
REMEMBER you may want to bring a portable power bank, headphones or Bluetooth earpiece to use with your smartphone or tablet when you come to visit.
We look forward to welcoming you !!
National Park Experiences is a curated collection that brings the stories of our National Parks to life. Each experience offers an authentic insight into the landscape and special qualities of a National Park.
Cancel within 14 days of the event and receive 100% refund. No refund within 14 days. In the unlikely scenario we have to cancel, you'll receive all your money back.
- Drink Provided - Hot and Cold drinks available all day
- Equipment Provided - Workshop equipment and tools, Blue John Stone, Sterling Silver jewellery blank, overalls, gloves, head torch, goggles
What to bring
What to bring
- Drink - Hot and cold drinks are provided but you can bring your own as well if you wish.
- Food - Packed lunch
- Warm Clothing - The temperature inside the Cavern is a constant 11 degrees Centigrade, which can feel very cold, or occasionally less cold compared with the outside seasonal temperature !!!
- Waterproofs - Water drips from the cavern ceilings all the time, but you should dress for the weather conditions at the time of your visit, because the Entrance is on a steep exposed hillside, 10 minutes climb from the car park. We provide overalls, but you may wish to bring a change of trousers and shoes/boots as the mining areas are muddy.