We run many and varied events throughout the year, including watching films underground, caving, theatrical events, and even parties in our amazing cave complex. The caves are also available for tv and film location shoots.


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Spot the Easter Eggs

6th April – 22nd April 2019

The Easter Bunny has hidden eggs all through the caves for you to spot, some easier to find than others!

Fun for all the family, every child will receive a little chocolate treat, and will be entered into the Grand Easter Prize Draw, with a chance to win a cuddly Forest of Dean lamb.

Entry sheets are FREE! Bookings not required.

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Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea, 31st March.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a traditional Afternoon Tea, enjoy a delicate range of sandwiches and delicious homemade cakes and scones, teas and coffees of your choice. Available from 1pm – 4.30pm, pre-booking advisable. Vegan and other dietary options available if pre-booked. £12.95 per person.

The Caves will be open 10am – 5pm, if you wish to explore underground, before your Afternoon Tea.

Or book the exciting Mother’s Day caving adventure, with the Afternoon Tea as a treat afterwards, to complete your experience.

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Mother’s Day Adventure 1pm 31st March

Go on an adventure down by the roots of a tree and experience another world. Go to the Football Roof, Sword of Damocles, Pop Rock to name a few places you visit. Try a challenge like the corkscrew or mousehole, if you want to test your nerve. A memorable day that could be rounded off in the Lamproom Café, with our Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea, to add to the experience.

Suitable for most able bodied persons. We supply helmets, lamps, overalls, wellies and any safety equipment required and of course your mine leader, who after discussion with your group will choose a route to suit their ability and interests.

Small groups are led by experienced and knowledgeable guides. Allow 3 hours, to include time for kitting up etc.

Click here for more information about deep level caving.

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Bat Nav

Sound and interactive installations have been positioned through the caverns.

The project was inspired by the large colony of rare lesser horseshoe bats that roost in the Caves through winter; this is currently the largest lesser horseshoe bat colony in the UK. The installations highlight how both humans and bats use sound. Hopefully it will help visitors appreciate these often ignored, misunderstood and incredibly interesting, wild animals.

The central feature is a standing wave, a single note, where you are encouraged to move about in the cavern. Listen to the way the sound changes in relation to the space and your position within it. Moving, listening and understanding the way in which sound changes and its relationship to the cavern, gives us a glimpse of the way that bats navigate, using only sound.

There are other sound installations in the caves, revealing complex bat voices, as well as archive recordings of iron miners, discussing their experiences, working underground in this mine, well over 70 years ago.

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30th November – 24th December

Few places on earth can capture the magic of the Christmas season – which is why we’ve captured it under the earth in our magical caves. In our ever popular Christmas Spectacular you and the kids can follow our seasonal story through exciting displays, meet Father Christmas in his Grotto, choose a present and halfway through discover Christmas stalls selling gifts, decorations, stocking fillers and seasonal treats. Our underground cafe will be open for you to enjoy a welcome hot chocolate and cake, before you continue on your journey.

Opening Times:

30th November – 23rd December: 10.00am – 5.00pm (daily)

24th December: 10.00am – 4.00pm

Late night opening will be available on Fridays (last entry 7pm).

Booking is essential and tickets will be on sale from 1st November 2019!

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Visiting the Caves After Christmas

27th – 31st December

The caves will be open after Christmas for anyone who wishes to enjoy a final look at our magical Christmas Fantasy Spectacular. While Father Christmas and our underground stalls will have left, you can still enjoy our magical displays and enjoy delicious refreshments, with a real log fire, in our Lamproom Cafe.

Opening times: 27th – 31st December, 10am – 4pm

Booking in advance is not required

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Try as hard as you might you’ll struggle to find a venue as memorable, as magical and as utterly unique as Clearwell Caves. Give your guests and your occasion the grandeur and beauty it deserves; whether it be wedding, birthday, or office party make our caverns your dancefloor.


A place this otherworldly, this unique, this historic, this mysterious and even a little scary makes it ideal for the big and small screen. We have already hosted crews from Dr Who, Merlin, The Chronicles of Narnia, Da Vinci’s Demons, Time Team, Blake’s Seven… and so many more.

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