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OPEN DAYS AND WEEKENDS
7th to 8th September 2024 venue Wood Mine

In spring 2024, we will visit Engine Vein. The autumn Open Weekend in 2024 will probably be at Wood Mine.

IS THERE SPACE?

We normally 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. 

DON'T FORGET THAT SOME SPACE MAY BE 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.  

There are 197 spaces available: click HERE to see the current availability of space

HOW DO I BOOK?

Click here to start booking or to review an existing booking.

CAN I CHECK MY BOOKING?

Take note of the booking reference number and, if you want to check your booking, use this link.  If you need to contact someone on the day of the trip, try the phone number: 07766 857480. 

CAN I CHANGE MY BOOKING?

You can make, change or cancel a booking up to 11:00 on the last day before the Open Weekend.  You can cancel and make some amendments to your booking through these pages; if you need help amending a booking (e.g. if you have made a donation but the party size changes), please contact the Club by email or cancel the booking and make a fresh one. 

WHAT DO I DO ON THE DAY?

Look for signs to the reception from the main car park.  Check in at reception and you will be directed to the mine that is open.  There you will get a helmet and light and be led on your trip by a member of the DCC.

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.

WHAT WILL THE TRIP BE LIKE?

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.   Children are welcome at any age but those under 5 years must be accompanied on a one-to-one basis by a responsible adult.  Very young children cannot be taken in back-carriers.  Dogs are also welcome on a lead.

IS MY PERSONAL DATA SAFE?

Names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers collected by the booking system are only used to contact you regarding this Open Day and 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 page.  Further details and a contact email address are on our Data Protection page.

IS THE TRIP SAFE?

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.
13. Children under five must be accompanied with a responsible adult for each child. Dogs must be kept on the lead.

START HERE - DO YOU ALREADY HAVE A BOOKING?

If you already have a booking and want to amend it, please enter the booking reference here: and your surname: .  

Otherwise leave these boxes blank to start a new booking.  Please do not use your back or refresh key (or feature) during booking or you will have to return to the start.