Charlie Limeburner

From £4/pupil
Poole's Cavern 60 mins Guided

Workshop Overview

“Victorian Buxton isn’t all fancy tourists and medical pioneers, you know!”, says Charlie Limeburner, who lives with his family in their humble Lime Kiln Cottage on the outskirts of the grand resort town. “Like us, hundreds of local people carve out an existence from the rock and minerals beneath their feet in Grin Low Woods. We’re grafters, working long hours to make an honest living. Our backs are sore and the children’s coughs are nagging, but we’d never visit those fancy baths in town – we’ve neither the time nor the money!” “While you’re visiting us in the woods, you may as well make yourself useful and join us as a Limeburner’s apprentice. Do you have what it takes to be a ‘brave Buxton Burner’?”

Charlie Limeburner

Local history study - a study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality / Georgian Britain.


Uses of materials / Rocks and fossils / Sites of special scientific interest / changing states.


Fractions / Measurements / Properties of shape


Human geography - settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.


Spoken language - Speaking and listening to an historical character / use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas / participate in discussions, presentations, performances, roleplay/improvisations and debates

Practical information

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Our suggested themed itinerary

Why not make a full day of your visit to Buxton by combining up to 3 different workshops visiting multiple venues to suit your requirements and learning outcomes.


Drop off at the old Thermal Baths, welcome and safety briefing

10:00 AM - SPECTACULAR CAVE TOUR (Poole's Cavern)

Join an expert cave guide to explore the spectacular ancient Poole’s Cavern cave system

11:00 AM - Charlie Limeburner (Poole's Cavern and Country Park)

Join Charlie Limeburner on Grin Low hill to work as an apprentice Lime Burner

12:00 PM - LUNCH BREAK (Buxton Town / Poole's Cavern)

Take lunch at Poole’s Cavern before heading to Buxton Crescent for the remainder of the visit.


Meet Mary the Buxton Well Woman and sample the famous Buxton waters

2.15pm - End of day
Collection from the Pump Room (outside the Thermal baths) or a short walk back to the train station.

Contact us

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