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OPEN DAYS AND WEEKENDS
6th to 7th April 2019 venue Engine Vein

*** In April 2018, a large number of people who had reserved did not arrive. If you are not coming, please TELL US so that other people can book. If this problem recurs, we may have to charge a non-refundable deposit when you book. ***

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BOOKING A TRIP

Fill in the booking form below.  You will get an acknowledgment that it has been sent which contains a unique reference number.  Turn up on the day at least 15 minutes before the trip, pay for your tickets and enjoy your trip.

OTHER OPTIONS

You can also use this page to send Open Day enquiries, to check an existing booking or to cancel reserved trips.  We also show the Safety Guidelines that you will receive before your trip.

To amend a trip, please cancel it and re-book.

MAKING A BOOKING

You can make a booking up to midday on the last day before the Open Weekend.  Take note of the booking reference number and, if you want to check your booking, come back to this page and put it in the box below.  You can cancel but not amend a booking made through the Internet; if you want to amend a booking, please contact the Club by email or cancel the booking and make a fresh one.  Please do not send any payment before the day.   

Pre-booked visitors who do not arrive at the ticket desk fifteen (15) minutes before the trip time will lose their tickets which will be sold to anyone waiting for a trip.

We normally take a maximum of 14 on a trip and accept a number of advance bookings per trip.  On the space availability page, you will see which times are full or getting close to full.  If you cannot pick a time that suits you, complete the enquiry form and we will see if we can accommodate you.  The routes can vary during the day with some involving easy crawling or descents down a ladder or chain.  If you are unsure whether the trip is suitable for you, read the FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) or contact the club. 

DON'T FORGET THAT SOME SPACE IS LEFT FOR PEOPLE WHO TURN UP ON THE DAY.

Space will probably be available on all of these trips on the day for people turning up on spec and other trips may be arranged between the booking times when we have leaders available but no prior booking will be available for the additional trips.  

Data protection: Names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers collected by the booking system are not used for any other purpose.  However, without a name and a means of contacting you, we cannot accept a booking so making a booking means you give consent to our holding and using this information.  You can make an enquiry to see what information we hold.  If you want the details removed after the Open Weekend, please contact the Webmaster or use the enquiry box below.  Further details and a contact email address are on our Data Protection page.

There are 211 spaces available: click HERE to see the current availability of space

Thanks.         Booking Manager.            Today is: 15 Oct 2018

BOOKING FORM

First name
Surname
E-mail address
(Please check this carefully as you will not receive an acknowledgment or confirmation if the e-mail address is wrong)
Telephone number
Trips available (if the particular trip is not to the main venue, this will be indicated by a note at the end of the line):

Select the date and time of the trip from the table above.  Scroll up or down for more days and times.  Full trips are not shown in the list.

Select the number of adults:    and children:     (Max. group size for pre-booking is 7 and this must include at least one responsible adult. For larger groups, please contact the club so that we can make appropriate arrangements.)

West Mine trips, if available as shown above, are more arduous and children must be 14 or over.  For more details, see the FAQs or contact the Club before you book.

If you have any special requirements such as health or mobility restrictions, please feel free to enter them here:

If you want to ask any other questions that are not covered in the FAQs, please feel free to enter them here:

CHECK A BOOKING

To display a booking, even if it has been cancelled, enter the reference and your surname, then click the orange button below. Details can be emailed to you from the next screen.

Booking reference:    and surname:    used for previous booking.

ENQUIRY

First name    Surname    E-mail address    

Tick here to request disclosure of the personal data held and enter the booking reference you have received 
(Please check your entries carefully as you will not receive an acknowledgment or confirmation if the e-mail address is wrong.  If you want data disclosure, then the e-mail address, surname and booking reference provided must match the details used in your booking.)

CANCEL

To cancel a booking, enter the reference and your surname, then click the blue button below.

Booking reference: and surname: used for previous booking.

RESTART

To start with a new booking, click the pink button below.

SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR VISITORS

Please read these guidelines

1. The mines involve going down uneven steps, ducking through low places and sometimes crawling on hands and knees. The crawls can usually be avoided but the low roofs in places cannot. Please take account of this. Check with your leader before the trip as the route can usually be altered to suit the group.
2. You will get sand and some mud on your shoes and clothes. It washes out but may leave stains in very light-coloured clothing. Footwear should be suitable for outdoor walking.
3. Let the leader know before you enter the mine if you have any health condition that might affect your visit or you have any particular fears of the dark or confined spaces. Take any urgent medication with you.
4. If you or anyone else in your party gets into any difficulty, call the leader immediately. This includes lights failing.
5. Wear a helmet at all times in the mine. Your light should be fixed on the helmet so that both hands are free.
6. Pay attention to the instructions given by your leader. Listen carefully when asked to be quiet.
7. Do not stray away from the group either singly or in a small group. If you want to stop to look at something or to take photographs, ask the leader to stop so that you are not left behind the group.
8. If you become separated from the group, stay where you are, you will be found quicker.
9. When climbing a ladder, use the safety line provided. Wait until the person before is off the ladder and your leader says you can start climbing. Do not look up because there is a risk of sand coming down from above.
10. Do not throw sand or stones at each other, down shafts or over bridges.
11. Do not touch or climb on walls made of stacked rocks as they might collapse and are also part of the history of the mine. Keep away from deep water and do not enter a water-filled passage unless told by your leader that it is safe.
12. Do not smoke in the mines or drop litter.

Demonstration of ore processing in Engine Vein Chain Steps in Wood Mine Hands and knees crawling

Demonstration of ore processing in Engine Vein

Chain Steps in Wood Mine

Hands and knees crawling

A group of visitors in Sand Cavern in Wood Mine Descending the stairs in Engine Vein In North End Chambers, Wood Mine

A group of visitors in Sand Cavern in Wood Mine

In the main chamber in Engine Vein

In North End Chambers, Wood Mine


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