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Man Engine will visit Wales in 2018

Man Engine will visit Wales in 2018

Man Engine

 

The largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain, the moving, steaming, mechanical Man Engine, is set to visit Wales for the very first time in 2018.

 

The monumental Man Engine, which resembles a giant miner, will visit eight of south Wales’s most important industrial heritage locations for a week of celebrations from 08 – 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 industrial heritage sites.

 

The team behind the Man Engine, Golden Tree Productions, are already creating a bespoke visual and aural experience for the Welsh expedition – set to include theatrical shows, live music and storytelling to highlight the rich industrial heritage of south Wales during Visit Wales’s 2018 Year of the Sea.

 

Animated by a team of more than a dozen ‘miners’, the giant puppet will begin his grand tour of Wales on 08 April 2018 with an opening ceremony at Big Pit National Coal Museum and a parade down to Blaenavon Ironworks, with choirs, brass bands and theatrics to bring the experience to life.

 

Next stop will be the Ebbw Vale Steelworks on 09 April — a gem of Welsh industry and the first site in Britain to integrate iron and steel production.

 

On 10 April, the Man Engine will visit Cyfarthfa Park and Castle – the former home of Ironmaster William Crawshay II and his family – offering a poignant reminder of the Ironmaster’s dominance over Merthyr and the wealth of the iron industry in the Valleys.

 

Meanwhile, visitors can watch the monumental machine steam into Ynysangharad War Memorial Park on 11 April. The park is located in the proud industrial town of Pontypridd, once home to the famous Brown Lenox & Co Ltd, the official chain makers to the Admiralty.

 

The tour will culminate on 12 April, with nostalgic displays outside the National Waterfront Museum Swansea, a city parade and an evening finale at the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks.

 

Will Coleman, the creator of the Man Engine says, said: “We are delighted that we’re bringing him to south Wales where mines, collieries, trams and trains once dominated the landscape.

 

“We can’t wait to meet all the people of the Valleys and have the Man Engine share the stories and the significance of the area’s rich mining heritage.”

 

Visitors to see the Man Engine in Wales are being encouraged to share their epic experiences on social media by using the hashtag #ManEngineCymru.

 

Visit the website to find out more about the “Man Engine Cymru: forging a nation” tour or to discover the story behind the magnificent Man Engine.

 

2018 Tour Dates and Information

 

Event: Man Engine in Blaenavon
Date: 08 April
Venues: Big Pit National Coal Museum and Blaenavon Ironworks
Info: Visitors are invited to meet the Man Engine – the moving, steaming, mechanical miner – outside the Big Pit Museum, and watch it parade through the Gilchrist estate with the tour ending at Blaenavon Ironworks.

Booking: The event outside the Big Pit Museum and the Gilchrist estate are free and un-ticketed. Tickets for the Ironworks may be booked via Man Engine website in January.

 

Event: Man Engine in Blaenau Gwent
Date: 09 April
Venue: The Ebbw Vale Steelworks, Blaenau Gwent
Info: Visitors are invited to meet the Man Engine – the moving, steaming, mechanical miner – as he visits a community steeped in steelmaking history.
Booking: Advance tickets can be booked via the Man Engine website in January.

 

Event: Man Engine in Merthyr Tydfil
Date: 10 April
Venue: Cyfarthfa Park and Castle
Info: Visitors are invited to meet the Man Engine – the moving, steaming, mechanical miner – as he steams past the former home of Ironmaster William Crawshay II and his family, Cyfarthfa Park and Castle.

Booking: Advance tickets can be booked via the Man Engine website in January.


Event: Man Engine in Rhondda Cynon Taf
Date: 11 April
Venue: Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd
Info: Visitors are invited to meet the Man Engine – the moving, steaming, mechanical miner – as he visits Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd.
Booking: The event will be free and un-ticketed.

 

Event: Man Engine in Swansea
Date: 12 April
Venues: National Waterfront Museum Swansea, Swansea City Centre and the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks
Info: Visitors are invited to meet the Man Engine – the moving, steaming, mechanical miner – outside Swansea National Waterfront Museum, watch it parade through the city with the tour finale taking place at the historic Hafod-Morfa Copperworks.
Booking: The event outside the National Waterfront Museum and the city tour are free and un-ticketed. Tickets for the tour finale at the Hafod Copperworks may be booked via the Man Engine website in January.

 

Published 17 October 2017

 

 

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