Fossil Hunting and Gem Panning


Uncover the rich mining history and geology of the Peak District, as we examine fossils and rocks from millions of years ago. For schools, this activity is great for reinforcing classroom topics the Industrial Revolution, Geography and Geology. 

Our gem-panning sessions are particularly popular with young children, and provide a fascinating insight into the mining heritage of the local area. All stones and gems are yours to keep, you might even find crystal points, pyrite, garnets, amethyst and more. 


Activity type: Onsite 

Age group: 4+

Activity session: 0.5 - 2 hours


Skills Developed

We all enjoyed getting dirty building the dens, and it was lovely for the children to take home some sparkly gems too, from their gem panning experience.
— Becky Hutchings, Shipston Rugby Club