The Caves are closed now, until 1st December ... we are busy preparing this year's delightful new story, Cora and the Bloobious Bright ... Book now! ... book early! ... be sure to see it!


We are pleased to announce that over our first weekend, the excellent Forest of Dean Brass Band will be playing seasonal music and carols underground here, 2nd and 3rd December, between 2.00 and 4.00 each day. There are Christmas Stalls, selling gifts and beautiful decorations, as well as enjoying delicious cakes and hot chocolate, in our underground cafe, while soaking up the atmosphere! 

Christmas Fantasy : Cora and the Bloobious Bright

This year we have been busy creating exciting displays for our popular Christmas Grotto. Children see Father Christmas in his spectacular underground cavern, choose a present, then walk through the wonderful Christmas displays, which this year tells the curious tale of 'Cora and the Bloobious Bright'. A young girl goes on an incredible Christmas adventure set beneath the sea. As she swims along, she discovers unusual footprints, what strange creature do they belong to?

In a fun Christmas story children meet Cora and the Bloobious Bright, follow them on an exciting journey, to discover if they will finally enjoy a Happy Christmas Day. Half way through the Caves, in the largest cavern will be underground stalls selling gifts, decorations and stocking fillers, as well as an underground café, for a welcome hot chocolate, before continuing the story.

Booking is essential! There are late night openings on Fridays (last entry 7pm) to allow working parents to visit. It's a great Christmas underground adventure, for all ages.


Christmas Fantasy runs from the beginning of December through to early January inside the caves and is a must for children and adults alike!

  • 1st December - 23rd December: 10.00am - 5.00pm Daily
  • 24th December: 10.00am - 4.00pm
  • Also late night every Friday with last entry at 7.00pm
  • Tickets can be purchased now!
  • Entrance Costs: £12.00 per person - Children 2 -14 years will receive a present from Santa.
  • Under 2 years Free - (Baby gift from Santa optional £5.00).
  • 27th Dec - 1st Jan: Displays Only 10am - 4pm. (No booking for the after Christmas dates is required)

Walk through displays telling this year's delightful new children's story. Free entry to gift shop and cafe on surface. Free parking.



Christmas Fantasy Frequently Asked Questions ... Answered

Christmas Fantasy 2017 opens at the begining of December and runs through to early January 2018.

Entrance Costs for 2017 Christmas Fantasy: £12.00 per person - Children 2 -14 years will receive a present from Santa.

Please be aware that the Caves are real mine workings and may not be suitable for people with walking difficulties. The pathways are steep and uneven, they can be wet in places depending on the weather, there are handrails in parts where it is steeper. You can take a buggy through, but it is difficult for wheelchairs, and it is not suitable for mobility scooters.