Join Junction Arts, artists Rachel Scanlon and Sian Watson-Taylor and a series of exciting guest speakers and artists for our This Girl Codes Curiosity Academy 2023. Throughout the week, you will get exclusive access to the incredible caves of Creswell Crags and the luxury of Bolsover Castle. There will be a tour of the heritage site each day as well as inspiring arts and tech workshops.

The work you create with us, whether you can only attend one day or all five will inspire a new interactive exhibition that will be showcased in early 2024.

The project is called This Girl Codes but workshops are open to people of all genders.

Booking charges and info, see below for more details:
For 29 / 30 / 31 / August, 1 / 2 September

Arrrival: 10:00am
Departure: 3pm

Please note the different ticket options available to you when registering for this event. We are accommodating day tickets and week-long tickets that include a research trip to The Pankhurst museum (see info below).

We are requesting a small booking fee of £4 per person per day (adults and children 7 or older) to guarantee your space on the day. Please note that Creswell Crags do administer car parking fees of £6 for the day, however we would recommend looking at an annual parking pass for £15 if you plan to visit on multiple days/ throughout the week, as well as for you to enjoy the site in the future. Visitors can ask at reception for the annual parking pass, or you can purchase it here: Annual Parking Pass – Crags Shop (

Please contact Junction Arts on [email protected] if fees are an issue, we will be discreet and can offer subsidised charges.

Tuesday 29th August, Creswell Crags
Communication, mark making, sound, capturing the voice in visual and auditory ways. Inspired by history, created in the present, gifted to the future
Guest workshop with sound artist Phil Pearson

Wednesday 30th August, Bolsover Castle/Bolsover Assembly Hall
Sci-fi: the alternative universe
Guest workshops with writer Tyler Turner

Thursday 31st August, Research trip to The Pankhurst Museum
Home of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst in Manchester. A coach will leave Pillar of Rock, Bolsover at 9:30am sharp, arriving at The Pankhurst Museum around 11:30am. The museum is quite small and can only accommodate 10 people at a time, we have tours booked at 12:30pm and 1pm. You will need to bring a packed lunch or money for food. In the afternoon we hope to visit The Whitworth Gallery and park which is a 5-minute walk from The Pankhurst Museum. The coach will leave Manchester at 4pm aiming to arrive back in Bolsover for 6/6:30pm.

Friday 1st September, Creswell Crags
Animation and virtual worlds
Guest workshops with Samantha Peberdy virtual reality and animation artist. Only children over 10 can take part in the virtual reality part, if younger they will do animation

Saturday 2nd September, Creswell Crags
Stories of bones, we will make our own bones and decorate them
Guest show and tell from Curator of the Caves Angharad Jones

Due to the nature of the content, we recommend This Girl Codes for children aged 7 or older. Children must be 5 years or older to go in the caves, and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult/guardian. Staff are DBS checked so over 12s can be left with the project team however we ask that you contact [email protected] to let us know after booking your ticket.

All visitors must wear a helmet to go in the caves (which will be provided) and consent to the caves being secured from the inside while the tour is in progress. Eating, drinking and smoking is NOT permitted inside the caves or main exhibition. Dogs are not permitted in the museum unless they are support dogs. In this instance we ask that you let us know in advance so that we can make appropriate arrangements. Dogs are not permitted in the caves. Please contact us in advance of booking a tour if you would like to visit with a support dog.


registrations are not available

There are currently no entry options available for this event.


Accessibility Information:
Creswell Crags caves are situated within a natural landscape. Unfortunately, the caves are not accessible for wheelchair users/those with some mobility issues. You will need to walk 10 minutes to reach the caves and remain standing throughout the tour/activity. The caves are accessed from the footpath via wooden stairs, with further stairs inside each cave. In Robin Hood Cave, there is a section of low ceiling which makes it necessary to crouch down in order to walk under, and also uneven floors to navigate. Although the helmets are equipped with a headlamp, light levels may not be sufficient for those with visual perception difficulties, or people who are blind or partially sighted. Light levels may also be insufficient for those who lipread. There are cave spiders at Creswell Crags. Whilst they can be large, they are harmless and protected. Please contact us if you have any queries or concerns about accessing the caves.

At Bolsover Assembly Hall we will be upstairs in the George Bratt room, there is a lift in the building and disabled toilet on the ground floor. There is also a disabled parking bay outside. Assistance dogs are welcome at Bolsover Assembly Hall and Bolsover Castle. We can arrange quieter working spaces if needed please get in contact with us. 

Full access information for Bolsover Castle