Welcome to The Peak Lapidary and Mineral Society 2016

DATE: 8th and 9th October, 2016
VENUE: Lady Manners School, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1JA.

The Bakewell Rock Exchange is recognized internationally as the UK’s best loved mineral show, with dealers from around the UK and Europe congregating in the heart of England’s Peak District National Park. The show is organized by the Peak Lapidary and Mineral Society and is now in its 36th year.

With more than 70 different stalls exhibiting a huge variety of rocks, minerals, fossils and gemstones, there is something for everyone, from the specialist to the family day out.  Read a review.

Opening times: Saturday and Sunday 10.00 – 5.00.

Admission: £2.00 per day or £3.00 for both days.

Saturday £5 early entry ticket (2-days)from 9.00!

Accompanied children free.

Disabled access and free parking; hot and cold meals and refreshments available.

The Peak Lapidary and Mineral Society is based in and around the Bakewell area in Derbyshire and has been in existence since the early 1960’s. We have a well equipped workshop in the nearby village of Tideswell and are happy to welcome anyone with an interest in minerals, lapidary and associated crafts; members are always willing to share their knowledge and enthusiasm.

A variety of lapidary skills are available, ranging from the simple cutting and polishing of beautiful mineral specimens, to cabochons, faceting, silver-smithing and jewellery. Collecting trips are arranged throughout the year, including the exploration of working and disused mines and quarries, with guidance and advice given on all aspects of mineral collecting.

Workshop meetings are on the 2nd and 4th Mondays in the month at 7.30.

See contact page for enquiries about the Peak Lapidary and Mineral Society and show, or:

Society: Andy Elliot 01663 733678

Rock Exchange show: Don Edwards 01433 620304

Some associated links:

Tideswell Dale Rockshop

Treak Cliff Cavern

Blue John Cavern

UK Journal of Mines and Minerals

British Micromount Society


Bob’s Rockshop

Mineralogy Database