Families can step back in time at Magpie Mine - Sat July 31

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Thursday 22 July 2010

22 July 2010

Families can step back in time at Magpie Mine - Sat July 31

Children can try being a lead miner, meet characters from the past, and enjoy things that go boom, bang or squelch at a free archaeological family fun day at the 270-year-old Magpie Mine, Sheldon, on Saturday July 31, 10.30am-3pm.

Peak District National Park rangers and the Peak District Mines Historical Society are staging “Magpie Mayhem,” with activities for adults and children alike.

The event is part of the Festival of British Archaeology and National Parks Week, and will include a guided tour of the site by the National Park’s senior survey archaeologist, John Barnatt.

The Peak District Mines Historical Society, which owns and manages Magpie Mine, will display scale models and genuine mining artefacts to help explain the archaeology and will talk about their work on site.

National Park area ranger Lynn Burrow said: “Magpie Mine has a really colourful history, including conflict and tragedy in the 1830s as rival groups of miners tried to smoke each other out.

“We’ll be helping families explore their local history with an interactive discovery trail, and children can become a lead miner, meet characters from the past, make “bradder” hats and enjoy games and activities. Families can bring a picnic and make a day of it.”

To find Magpie Mine take the Sheldon turn-off from the A6 just north of Bakewell, (opposite Ashford-in-the-Water). Turn right at T-junction at top of hill, and Magpie Mine is ½-mile on right.

Other activities during National Parks Week include “Rivers, trees and creepy-crawlies” - a fun time for families, with river-dipping, tree-shaking and bark-rubbing at Castleton Visitor Centre, Thur July 29 10.30am-12.30pm (book on 01629 816572).

And there are free “Peatland Heritage” walks from the Moorland Visitor Centre, Edale, at 10.30am and 2.30pm on Fri July 30.

For other National Parks Week events go to

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