Events

Stone Age Craft Workshops with Dr James Dilley

Stone Age Craft Workshops with Dr James Dilley

Mon, 2nd Aug 2021 - Fri, 6th Aug 2021

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Dr James Dilley is an archaeologist and craftsman who specialises in prehistoric technologies with over 18 years of experience. James has worked with museums and heritage centres around the UK such as The British Museum and Stonehenge and alongside media companies such as the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Smithsonian Channel and National Geographic.

From 2nd August to 6th August, James will be hosting a series of workshops at Creswell Crags. These workshops will be exclusive events for small, pre-booked groups. We recommend booking early.

Booking and further information via Eventbrite by clicking on the links below:

Flintknapping for 8-14 year olds (half day workshops)
Flintknapping for Adults
Bone and Antler Carving Workshop
Rock Art Workshop
Birch Bark Container Workshop

Stone Age Living History Weekend with Dr James Dilley

Stone Age Living History Weekend with Dr James Dilley

Sat, 7th Aug 2021 - Sun, 8th Aug 2021

10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Ever wondered what life might have looked like inside a cave during the Stone Age? You usually only see pictures in books or reconstructions on TV.
For this special weekend at Creswell Crags you will get the rare opportunity to see Stone Age people setting home at Creswell Crags again after an 11,000 year absence.
Fortunately, the Stone Age people we’ve found have spent their time away learning about archaeology and good manners around members of the public, so you’ll be quite safe, and are encouraged to ask some good questions about life in the distant past.
As well as a huge selection of Stone Age objects and materials in the camp, you’ll be able to see them demonstrating crafts such as flintknapping, fire making, bone & antler carving and many more.
This event will take place in the Meadow and Gorge at Creswell Crags, including in one of the caves, Mother Grundy’s Parlour.
Dr James Dilley is an archaeologist and craftsman who specialises in prehistoric technologies with over 18 years of experience. James has worked with museums and heritage centres around the UK such as The British Museum and Stonehenge and alongside media companies such as the BBC, Channel 4, ITV, Smithsonian Channel and National Geographic.
You do not need to book, but please be aware that social distancing will be in place and this might lead to some queues at busy times.
This event will be free of charge, but as Creswell Crags is a charity, we do ask for donations to cover costs. Contactless donations points and cash donation boxes will be available on the day, or you can donate online. Our recommended donation is £5 per adult and £3 per child, but we welcome every donation with gratitude.
(Donate online here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/supportcreswellcrags)
Creswell Crags has car parking available (£4 for 3 hours, £6 all day or buy an annual parking pass for £15) as well as an on site café serving light meals, snacks, drinks and ice creams, plus and museum of prehistoric artefacts (£3 for adults, free for children).
Walking around the limestone gorge is free of charge and footpaths connect the site to the Welbeck Estate, Holbeck and Creswell.
There is a covered bicycle rack available near the café.
The site is a short walk from the train station at Creswell.
Please note that if you wish to include a cave tour in your visit to Creswell Crags, you must book and pay for this in advance via the Creswell Crags ArtTickets cave tour booking page, where you will also find further information about tour themes and times: https://creswell-crags.arttickets.org.uk/
If you have any questions, please do send us a message via social media or give us a call. 
Neanderthal Creswell Crags with Rebecca Wragg Sykes

Neanderthal Creswell Crags with Rebecca Wragg Sykes

Sat, 21st Aug 2021

11:00 am - 4:30 pm

To celebrate the paperback release of the award-winning book Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art, Creswell Crags will be hosting a special “Neander-fest” with author Dr Rebecca Wragg Sykes.

Join Rebecca on two exclusive guided tours of the gorge where Neanderthals lived around 50,000 years ago, including special access to Pin Hole Cave.

Alongside this will be a talk followed by book signing, together with an object handling ‘show and tell’ from the museum’s collections. Book signings are available without a ticket or pre-booking, but to attend the tours of the gorge and a special look at Pin Hole Cave with Rebecca, places are strictly limited and you must book in advance.

The gorge tours will run at 12.30pm and 3pm and last for about an hour. Please make sure you note which time you have booked for. We will ask visitors to maintain a social distance of at least 1m from anyone not in their household or ‘bubble’ during the tour.

There will be a chance to talk to Rebecca and get your book signed alongside a close-up object ‘show and tell’ from 2:15 pm – 2:45 pm and 4 pm – 4:30pm.

You can purchase a ticket including a signed copy of the paperback book, or just purchase a ticket for the tour with Rebecca. All visitors who book a place on one of the exclusive gorge tours with Rebecca will also receive a voucher for a drink of their choice from our on site café.

Booking and further information can be found on EventBrite.