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A hidden gem !

We visited on a wintry day, not expecting very much, and really enjoyed it. This is probably... read more

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fishwife123124
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Great Malvern, United Kingdom
Absolutely Wonderful

We love it here, and I've introduced my partner and his parents to this place. We now go every... read more

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Reviewed December 6, 2014

Clearwell Caves is an ancient iron-ore mine with no stalactites, no stalagmites and no other beautiful natural rock formations. However, in December the mine is totally transformed with numerous Christmas displays within the tunnels, and this review applies solely to this December event.
There are basically two categories of displays within the tunnels, the first of which are "magical" illuminated Christmas displays including Christmas trees, other trees and cleverly-made artificial streams. The second category is a series of displays that tell a children's story using lots of fabric ragdoll-style human characters and animal characters, with storyboards and speech-bubbles. Personally I would have preferred total separation between the two categories of displays, because sometimes the fabric characters detracted from the magic of the magical displays. It is obvious that a lot of thought, work and talent goes into the production of these displays.
Also within the tunnels are Father Christmas, a set of Christmas market stalls and a snack bar (the main cafe is outside the tunnels).
Visitors follow a circular route through the tunnels, and so it is advisable to have a long look at each display in turn, taking as many photographs as required, rather than hoping to back-track later.
Allow about an hour just for seeing the displays, and longer if you wish to see Father Christmas, use the snack bar or browse the market stalls.
It is important to note that visitors pay as they enter the tunnel system, and once they come back out they cannot go back in without paying again. Therefore if you arrive around midday you have to choose between having an early lunch before seeing the displays or having a late lunch after seeing the displays. The cafe outside the tunnels is good but simple, offering light lunches and snacks at reasonable prices.
During December the cost of admission to the caves is 9 GBP per adult, and so you have to decide if this cost plus your travel cost is worth it to you for an experience lasting only an hour or so.
Two additional notes for groups of people intending to travel separately to the caves and then meet up there: (1) Arrange to meet in the car park or the cafe, rather than inside the tunnels, (2) Don't rely on mobile phone coverage in the area.

3  Thank cheddargeoff
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Reviewed December 3, 2014

We visited with our grandchildren aged 7 and 8. Santa was wonderful and had so much time and patience in listening to the children. In every dark corner of the caves there are piles of gifts with name labels on them. Our two were constantly searching for the one with their name. the story of the Tuppence family and their Christmas tree was beautifully presented and the whole experience was just magical (for adults and children alike).

4  Thank SueJHereford
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Reviewed December 3, 2014

I spent the day with my Niece on Sunday visiting Christmas attraction at the Clear Water Caves. My Niece is 8 year's old & found this attraction boring but she is 8 going on 16, in my opinion this Christmas attraction is for the younger child who will love seeing Santa & receiving a present.

1  Thank Kevin N
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Reviewed November 29, 2014

Clearwell caves has a great Christmas attraction - beautifully laid out lovely staff and great Santa - I think he may be the real one!!! Great gifts for the kids - Cafe does a good cuppa - all reasonably priced - well worth a visit.

7  Thank Lesley G
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Reviewed November 13, 2014

The caves were well worth a visit, though they could look so more effective with more imaginative lighting, they were very dark in places and it was difficult to see some of the exhibits, they actually look better in photos than real life.
The cafe was good and very busy even though on this rainy day, we were the only people in the caves. I imagine it would be chaos in summer though.
Could be more dog friendly, many visitors like us will be visiting while on holiday and we had to leave him in the car. Luckily there was ample space around to give him a good walk first.

1  Thank HarryPuddle
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