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

  • Visit Wales VAQAS
  • Green Dragon Environmental Scheme

Historical Event, Sun 8 Apr 2018, free entry

Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Big Pit: National Mining Museum of Wales


Join us to see the amazing spectacle that is Man Engine as he makes his FIRST appearance in Wales at Big Pit!

The huge mechanical puppet, which resembles a giant miner, is set to visit seven of south Wales’s most important industrial heritage locations for a week of celebrations from 08 – 12 April 2018.

Animated by a team of more than a dozen ‘miners’, the giant puppet will begin its grand tour of Wales on 08 April, with an opening ceremony at Big Pit National Coal Museum and a parade down to Blaenavon Ironworks, where visitors can ‘meet’ 19th-century industrial hero, Sidney Gilchrist Thomas

Designed to celebrate the rich mining heritage of south Wales, each stop on the Man Engine’s tour of Wales will offer bespoke spectacles, from gripping theatrics and nostalgic choral renditions, to traditional Welsh storytelling and even an awe inspiring after-dark fire show.

After kicking off his tour at Big Pit the colossal engineering miracle will visit Blaenavon Ironworks, 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”.

More information about the tour - or call
01495 742333.

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 11:00


Free entry

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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


  • 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