Year of the Crags Photography Exhibition

Year of the Crags Photography Exhibition

Tue, 1st Jan 2019 - Tue, 31st Dec 2019

All Day

‘Years of the Crags’ is an all year round Creswell Crags photography competition that was first introduced in March 2019. The theme is The Crags and however you interpret that: Photos of nature, the archaeology, adventures, caves, the architecture, the cake you enjoyed in the café… all can be submitted. We welcome you to join in and get involved, regardless of age or photography experience. So get snapping and send us your photos today!


Forward photos to or via our Facebook page.

  • Image size: min file size 1 MB
  • Title or caption: If there’s a story behind the images, we’d love to hear it…
  • Additional info: full name, contact number, social media ‘handle’ to tag (if applicable), and dates when the photos have been taken


All the best photos will be posted on our social media sites (Facebook and Instagram) for the public to vote for their favourite. The winning entry of each month will receive a Years of the Crags Goody Bag filled with Cave Tour Vouchers and popular items from our Gift Shop (subject to availability + will be changed each month) value around £30.00.

The best photos will be used in our new Charity Photo book (everyone is in for a chance to be features in the book (photos used will be kept a mystery until the release date) which will be released in 2020. Photos will also be displayed in a free exhibition in our museum.

Terms and conditions

  • Max. 3 photos to be submitted in one month by a single person
  • Photo must be taken by the entrant (entrant must own the right to the image)
  • Edited photos will be accepted as long as the main focus and context of the image is preserved
  • Entries close on the last day of each month at midday
  • All Winners will be announced within 7 days of the closing date
  • By forwarding the photos: you agree to grant us a royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to publish and otherwise use the material in any way that we want, and in any media worldwide. This may include on our website, marketing material and social networks.
  • Please note: you will still own the copyright to your photos and whenever possible, we will try to credit the photographer when photo is used!
  • Best photos will be picked by the public (most liked photo) both on Facebook and Instagram, winner will be announced on Instagram, so be sure to follow Creswell Crags on both social media sites

We can’t wait to see your photos! Good luck!

Santa Weekends at the Crags

Santa Weekends at the Crags

Sat, 30th Nov 2019 - Sun, 15th Dec 2019

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

We’ve had a special message from the North Pole! Santa Claus wants to let you know that he’ll be at Creswell Crags every Saturday and Sunday from 30 November to 15 December from 11am to 4pm.

He wants to meet as many children as he can, and hear what they want for Christmas. And he’ll have a gift for every child he meets.

It’s £4.50 per child to see him. You don’t need to book in advance, you will be given a numbered ticket when you arrive and pay. Then you just need to wait until our Elves let you know it’s your turn to go and meet the man himself. Our cafe will be open, serving some festive treats, and we’ll have craft activities to keep everyone occupied at busier times.

Please be aware that the waiting time with fluctuate with demand. We recommend arriving earlier in the day if you can. Santa will also take a short lunch break!

Enchanted Cave Christmas Activities

Enchanted Cave Christmas Activities

Sat, 7th Dec 2019 - Sun, 15th Dec 2019

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Creative activities and storytelling, in a magically decorated cave, this December 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th.

For £5 per child, adults go free.
There is no lower age limit but the activities will be aimed at ages 5+, so please do bear this in mind.
Call to book a time slot on 01909 720378 or email
Time slots are:
11am – 12pm
1.30pm – 2.30pm
3pm – 4pm

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December:
Join Asha, a visitor from the Stone Age, for her Winter Fest. Make Unicorn Charms and Magic Skulls on the Saturday or Magic Reindeer and Unicorn Crowns on the Sunday. You will also hear a festive story and get a chance to make music on Stone Age instruments.

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December:
Join our resident good witch Mother Grundy and make festive mini wreaths to decorate your home this Christmas. You will also hear stories and learn more about the folklore of Christmas and the plants associated with this time of year.

Please note that access to the cave is via wooden steps and warm clothing is recommended.

On both weekends, we’ll also have Santa at the Crags – this is £4.50 per child and there is no need to book in advance. On Saturday 14th there will also be carols with Johnny Victory between 2pm and 4pm.

Carols at the Crags with Johnny Victory

Carols at the Crags with Johnny Victory

Sat, 14th Dec 2019

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Get into the festive mood at Creswell Crags!

On Saturday 14 December, from 2pm-4pm, we’ll be joined by Derbyshire’s own Johnny Victory, singing your favourite Christmas Carols and songs.

Our cafe will be serving festive treats – and don’t forget that Santa will be with us all weekend too! Plus, get those last minute Christmas gifts in our museum shop, for something really unique!

This event will be FREE but donations very much appreciated – we are an independent charity and every donation and purchase helps!

[Whether this will be an indoor or outdoor performance will depend on the weather – please check closer to the time]

If you’ve not seen Johnny Victory perform before, check him out on YouTube here:

Abominable Snowman at the Crags

Abominable Snowman at the Crags

Sat, 21st Dec 2019 - Sun, 22nd Dec 2019

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Something a bit different on the weekend before Christmas… .

A REAL cave with REAL gemstones and a R…eally lovable character!
We’re excited to announce that on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd December our very own ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN will be taking over a cave here at the Crags!

Pan for gold and gemstones before meeting the legendary character in his cave.

£5.50 per child (no charge for adults). You must pre-book for this event as we can only allow a limited number of people into the cave at any one time. If you cannot book through Eventbrite, please call 01909 720378.
You don’t need to book the adult places but please note that, due to cave capacity, we would prefer no more than two adults accompany each child.

Time slots start at 10:00am with the last entry at 2.30pm on Saturday and 3.30pm on Sunday – there will be a break for lunch. Please arrive at the visitor centre reception 30mins before your alloted time slot to give you plenty of time to get your map and find the cave. Your time slot indicates the time you need to arrive at the cave, not the time you need to get to the visitor centre.

Helmets need to be worn at all times inside the cave.

Recommended for children over 5 years of age, but parental discretion advised. We do have helmets small enough for age 3+. No babies in arms as there is one part of your cave journey where you will need to bend down and duck under a short rocky tunnel.

Please note, you will need to ascend steps to get into the cave which is a natural environment with uneven floors, low ceilings and low level lighting. The cave is a 10 minute walk from the visitor centre, outdoors, on paths that can be muddy in wet weather. You will need appropriate footwear and clothing for the weather.

Our cafe and exhibition will be open for any family members who do not want to visit the cave!

Krampus at the Crags

Krampus at the Crags

Sat, 21st Dec 2019

4:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Are you on the naughty list this year?

On December 21, Winter Solstice and the darkest day of the year, Creswell Crags will be visited by the Krampus!

Krampus is a central European figure who usually accompanies St Nicholas – Krampus punishes the bad children, whilst St Nicholas rewards the good. You’ll also find a whole gathering of Krampusse and friends at Whitby in early December, for Whitby Krampus Run. After that, he’s making his way to the Crags and will be here in the dark hours of 21st Dec to see who’s been bad this year. And you can meet him – if you dare!

Folklore and popular tradition are important at the Crags. As part of your ticket we’ll also give you a short introductory talk about the Krampus tradition and why we’re holding this event here. And you’ll get to go inside our Witch Mark cave and see some of the largest collection of apotropaic (protective) marks in the UK.

If you escape the clutches of Krampus, and weather permitting, we’ll also have a solstice gathering by our fire pit – with roast chestnuts, mulled apple juice and marshmallow toasting available, with music to create a festive atmosphere. This will continue until 9.30pm and will include further photo opportunities with the Krampus towards the end of the evening.

You will also be able to have a go at axe throwing, courtesy of Battleaxe Sheffield who will be on site.

Because of the limited access to our cave, entry times will be staggered. You can buy a ticket for 4pm, 5.30pm or 7pm – please take note of, and arrive just before, your alloted time. Your ticket will include the short talk, a visit to the cave, meeting the Krampus and time by the fire pit.

Please book via Eventbrite:

Refreshments will be at a small extra cost.

Please note that access to the cave involves a 10 minute walk on gravel footpaths that can be muddy. The cave entrance is up a wooden staircase and visiting the cave will involve further wooden stairs and a short passageway in which you have to duck, as well as uneven floors. You will be given a hard hat and a torch. Sensible footwear and clothing appropriate to the weather is mandatory.

We don’t recommend this event for small children. Parental discretion is recommended. The event will involve being in a dark cave and meeting a horned figure in costume. Please no under-10s.

The exact format of the event will be weather dependant.

If you have questions, please email or message us on Facebook.