Our door can now reopen ... but for how long? With what was our beautiful camper van destined to its very well deserved new home, its time to focus on some much needed maintenance inside the stunning caves.
So a little bit about Stump Cross Caverns and why it would be such a travesty to lose it.
It’s the only natural cave system in the Southern Yorkshire Dales open to members of the public. Continuously open to tourists since 1863 when it was discovered by lead miners. Contains beautiful grottos abundantly decorated with natural formations. Bones of numerous Ice Age creatures have been discovered in the caverns, including reindeer, wolverine, bison and wolves. All of these features make it a huge educational resource.
For the past 18 years it has been owned and operated by the Bowerman family. The site is run to create a convivial atmosphere much loved by locals and tourists alike. However, the lockdowns in the past 12 months have significantly reduced the turn-over due to business closures and reduced capacity in order to maintain government guidelines.
The facilities on site consist of a state of the art 50 seat cinema, a high quality restaurant (The Time Café), an individual dining ‘pod’ (known as the ‘Time Out Pod), plus access to all the beautiful rugged moorland walks in the surrounding countryside from our car park. The loss of such a wonderful attraction would be felt far and wide. We hope our business will be saved for thousands of tourists in the future. We’ve even thought of ways to redevelop the site but it would be such a shame to have to close it to the majority.
The support of you, both financially and politically is crucial to the survival of a much loved and historic, all year round attraction. I am confident that you and your family would love to visit either in person when allowed or alternately via ‘an exclusive virtual guided tour with our cave expert - our brand new technology connects our specialist with you and two friends located anywhere in the world to enjoy a fun and informative interactive 1 hour exploration.
Like many small businesses, we have been massively affected by the Covid-19 outbreak and we are desperate to keep our business and our wonderful team going. Sadly the impact for businesses such as ours is very real and with no clear opening date on the horizon, the future of this legendary Yorkshire venue and the dedicated staff who run it, is now uncertain
In an effort to raise critical funds to help save Stump Cross Caverns I have decided I have no choice but to offer my much loved VW T30 Campervan (66 plate) up for the prize draw. It is stunning, top of the range, automatic and a dream to drive. The lucky winner picked on Your Harrogate radio on the 31st March is the wonderful Chris Riley it couldn’t go to a better home and look forward to seeing the adventures of Chris and his lovely fiancé Ellie ❤️
- 2 litre Diesel engine
- 7 speed DSG Gearbox, only 16,000 miles on the clock
- Pop Top Roof
- Seats fold and slide into bed
- Detachable dining table fitted between front and rear seats
- All four seats fitted with inertia seat belts.
- A microwave, cooker, mini grill and sink permanently fitted to the van on top of storage unit which houses a blast proof gas bottle enclosure. Gas Heater.
- Permanently fixed storage units housing a small fridge, and electricity supply fuse unit. Insulated side panels, interior coloured LED lights.
- Superb 18 inch alloy wheels.
It has reached a critical stage for us and we need to take drastic measures to keep the business going.
All funds raised will go to help Stump Cross Caverns, a small family business recover from the devastating financial effects of the pandemic so we can be here for you on the other side. To maintain The Showcaves and newly refurbished rural Cinema/Time café bistro.Thank you for your support. It means the world to us and our team and local economy.
The winner was chosen at random via a LIVE prize draw, at 20.30 on the 31st March 2021 by Your Harrogate, third party on social media. Chris Riley is our wonderful winner and published on 'Stump Cross Caverns' social media accounts and website
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StumpCrossCaverns
- Instagram http://www.instagram.com/StumpCrossCaverns
- Closing date for entries: 30/03/21 at 00.01
Thank you for taking the time to view this project. We hope you agree it’s going to a worthy home with Chris. I genuinely CANNOT wait to hand the keys and registration document V5 to Chris, new owner. Private number plate not included as it was a ‘big birthday’ gift. We are just doing essential paperwork ready to hand over our fabulous Camper Van.
Please contact [email protected] if you have any queries or questions?