The Blue John Stone Experience

Classes & Workshops in East Riding of Yorkshire

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This visit gives you a 'hands on' unique experience of Blue John Stone, not available anywhere else. You will go prospecting in the Mining areas with your Host to find a piece of raw Blue John.(You may get muddy!) You take this into the workshop, where our Craftsmen will help you polish it. You will choose more pieces in the workshop to make a window hanger, and set some Blue John into a piece of silver jewellery for yourself. (You may need to choose the blank setting earlier on). Blue John Stone is the rare form of Fluorite found only in Treak Cliff Hill, and 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.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productGuests are greeted by their host for the day and are shown around the museum and visitor centre.Duration: 20 minutesLocation: Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton, Hope Valley, Peak District National Park, EnglandAfter refreshments guests are taken on a tour of the cavern to see the stalactite formations and learn about the history of the caverns. Guests will also learn about the mining of Blue John Stone and be able to go into the mining area to prospect for their own piece of Blue John Stone.Duration: 1 hour 30 minutesLocation: Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton, Hope Valley, Peak District National Park, EnglandAfter lunch, guests will clean and prepare the stone they found earlier. Helped by the crafters in the workshop, guests will be shown how to grind and polish their Blue John Stone, and progress to making a window hanger/Christmas decoration. Finally guests can choose their own sterling silver jewellery blank to set with a stone.Since each piece of Blue John Stone has distinctive pattern and colour combinations, guests will create their very own piece of unique jewellery. Duration: 4 hoursLocation: Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton, Hope Valley, Peak District National Park, England

What’s included

  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Workshop equipment and PPE Helmets, gloves etc.
  • Entry/Admission - Treak Cliff Cavern
  • Entry/Admission - Treak Cliff Cavern
  • Entry/Admission - Treak Cliff Cavern

What’s not included

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