5 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do Underground
If you thought that a visit to us was all about sitting on a boat and listening to our skippers’ amazing commentary then think again – there are lots of surprising things you can do underground in our caverns!
1. Tie the Knot
That’s right – you can get married underground! Our Singing Cavern is licensed for civil ceremonies. Imagine floating into the cavern on our tug boat, then saying your vows surrounded by limestone that’s over 420 million years old. We have quite a few weddings each year in the caverns – some opt to make a day of it and have their reception in our Portal building!
2. Go to a concert
Our caverns play host to a variety of musical events throughout the year. Sing along at an Edwardian Music Hall evening, listen to a visiting choir or orchestra or maybe take a trip on one of our very special Carols in the Caverns boats at Christmastime. We guarantee there is nothing quite as magical as hearing angelic voices echoing down the tunnels with a haunting tune. Beautiful. You can discover the events currently in our calendar for this year on our special events page.
3. Take a walk down the tunnel wall
Have a go at moving the boat the old-fashioned way. Before our boats had electric engines, they had to be moved through the tunnels just like the miners of old did – by lying on their backs and pushing along the walls with their feet. It’s called legging, and it’s as tough as it sounds! Give it a go and you can pick up a legging certificate in our shop for a few pennies – our skippers will even sign it for you.
4. Find father Christmas
It’s a little-known fact that every December Santa comes down from the North Pole and takes up residence in one of our tunnels. Transforming the whole system into a magical illuminated wonderland, Santa invites boys and girls to come and visit him in his underground grotto. He even arranges a hilarious family show and gives all the children a gift to take home. It’s a fun-filled adventure for everyone and very popular, so if you’d like to see what the fuss is about we recommend getting your tickets early.
5. Listen to a story
Every Monday morning we run a special boat trip into the tunnel that’s designed for the under fives – it’s called Tunnel Tots! Each trip is only 20 minutes and is led by one of our fabulous volunteers, who’ll read you a story and invite you to sing some songs together. Little adventurers are encouraged to head up to the Gongoozler restaurant afterwards for some free colouring and puzzles and 25% off a hot drink and a piece of cake.
We hope you’ve discovered something new that you can do underground with us, and that we’ll see you soon to give one of them a try!