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.
• 6 hours
Find out what Blue John Stone actually is at a place it is mined. On the guided tour of the cavern you will see the largest deposits of Blue John Stone in situ, and some of the finest stalactites in the Peak District. This is the only one of the Caverns at Castleton where you can have 'hands on' experience to work with the Blue John Stone, and make your own polished specimen of the rare mineral in our workshops with our craftspeople to help you.Learn about the geology of Treak Cliff Hill, why the mineral formed only here, and why it is so unique. Discover the 300 year old history of people mining and using Blue John Stone: see the collections and artifacts the owners have on display to tell their story. Browse the shop for unique Blue John Stone pieces produced on our site, direct from our mine.
• 1.5 hours
Friendly, gorgeous, and fun: North England’s charms are irresistible. The Vikings loved it so much they decided to settle and shape the culture. Nature enthusiasts found the rolling hills so dazzling they created five national parks here. And pioneers found the fields to be so fertile they established this area as the home of the Industrial Revolution. So, on this tour, you find out what’s so special about the North. You travel to York and learn about an ancient Viking city. You try out Britain’s most famous cakes and cheeses. You venture through the legends of Robin Hood. And you roll over the green and scenic valleys of the Peak District. So, join this tour and explore the best of North England. And maybe by the end of this trip, you’ll have plans to settle here too.
• 3 days