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image for Historical Event item typeThe Man Engine at Big Pit: National Coal Museum

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Historical Event, Sun 8 Apr 2018

Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Big Pit: National Mining Museum of Wales

Details

Spotlight on Wales as Man Engine rises again. Colossal engineering miracle to visit South Wales in 2018.

South Wales is one of the UK’s most significant mining heritage locations, with iron, copper and coal forming the heart of the Valleys for hundreds of years.

And in 2018, the whole nation is invited to celebrate and commemorate this industrial history with a visit from the now-iconic Man Engine.

The giant miner will visit eight of South Wales’s most important industrial heritage locations for a week of celebrations from 8 – 12 April 2018.

The colossal feat of engineering will visit Big Pit, Blaenavon Ironworks, Ebbw Vale Steelworks, Cyfarthfa Park and Castle, Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, the National Waterfront Museum Swansea, Swansea City Centre and the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks as part of his journey across Wales, entitled: “Man Engine Cymru: forging a nation”.

The Welsh visit forms part of the Man Engine’s 2018 Resurrection Tour, which will see the 11.2m tall puppet steam across some of the UK’s most significant mining heritage sites, including locations in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Yorkshire, Shropshire and Derbyshire.

Animated by a team of more than a dozen ‘miners’, the giant puppet will begin his grand tour of Wales on 8 April with an opening ceremony at Big Pit and a parade down to Blaenavon Ironworks.

Further information and tickets to witness the week of spectacles will be released via the Man Engine website in January - https://www.themanengine.co.uk.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsWheelchairs available

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 8 Apr 2018

Events at this Venue

date event
Fri 1 Sep - Sun 28 Jan Family of Blaenafon & Family of Miners
Sun 8 Apr The Man Engine

Address

Blaenavon,
Torfaen,
NP4 9XP

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SO 237087  Lat: 51.77175 Long: -3.10718

By Public Transport:
Buses run from Newport daily (Monday to Saturday) number X30.
Bus times from Newport: 8.45 am; 10.45 am; 12.45 pm ; 2.45 pm.
Return bus, leaving Big Pit: 10.55 am; 12.55 pm; 2.55 pm; 4.55 pm.

By Road:
Follow signs from the A465 and the M4 (J26 eastbound and J25 westbound)

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Newport station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available