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Wheal Martyn, Saint Austell, United Kingdom

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Wheal Martyn

Set in 26 acres of grounds and based around two former Victorian china clay works, Wheal Martyn tells the story of Cornwall’s billion-pound china clay industry.

Interpretation panels feature throughout the museum, which illustrate how Cornwall’s Clay Country shaped the lives, economy and local landscape. Visitors can learn how the region’s largest mining industry formed the lives of those who lived and worked in this area over a period of 250 years.

Situated near to St Austell, and with a unique backdrop historically known as the ‘White Pyramids’, Wheal Martyn features the UK’s only china clay mining museum. Visitors can get under the skin of Cornwall’s mining heritage at the on-site exhibition and museum, which brings the story to life through a vast collection of artefacts and archives, as well as historic objects, machinery and photographs.

A fascinating family-friendly venue, children can enjoy exploring the museum and its grounds, and there’s plenty to capture their imaginations, including a large waterwheel, outdoor play area and vintage trucks. There are also lots of trails and walks to experience, and keen birdwatchers can spot the various species of birds that exist in these spectacular grounds.

The on-site cafe serves up homemade and locally sourced fresh food, and features a children’s menu which includes a selection of small meals which they can tuck into before burning off some energy in the children’s area.

Take a trip to this one-off attraction and immerse yourself in a story which has completely transformed the local area. For more information, visit http://www.wheal-martyn.com/.

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Browse the site Add to Calendar 20190824 20190825 Europe/London Woodland Sculptures

10am - 5pm

categories Art, Family, Outdoor

Woodland Sculptures

  Sat 24th August, 2019 — Sun 25th August, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

  £0 — £0

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Browse the site Add to Calendar 20190826 20190826 Europe/London Paint a bug house

10.30am to 15.30pm

categories Art, Family, Outdoor

Paint a bug house

  Mon 26th August, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

  £3 — £3

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Browse the site Add to Calendar 20190827 20190827 Europe/London Printing with Nature

10.30am to 15.30pm

categories Art, Family, Outdoor

Printing with Nature

  Tue 27th August, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

  £0.50 — £0.50

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Browse the site Add to Calendar 20190827 20190827 Europe/London Flock Workshop

2pm performance followed by 2.15pm workshop

categories Art, Family

Flock Workshop

  Tue 27th August, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

  £ — £

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Browse the site Add to Calendar 20190828 20190828 Europe/London Paper-making workshop with artist Carol Weir

10.30am - 12.30pm
1.30pm - 3.30pm

categories Art, Family

Paper-making workshop with artist Carol Weir

  Wed 28th August, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

  £2.50 — £2.50

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Browse the site Add to Calendar 20190729 20190829 Europe/London Pottery Painting

Selected dates - 10.30am to 15.30pm

categories Art, Family

Pottery Painting

  Mon 29th July, 2019 — Thu 29th August, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

  £1 — £3.50

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Browse the site Add to Calendar 20190730 20190830 Europe/London Clay Stories

Selected dates - 2pm

categories Community, Cornish & Heritage, Talks

Clay Stories

  Tue 30th July, 2019 — Fri 30th August, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

  £0 — £0

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Browse the site Add to Calendar 20190831 20190901 Europe/London Leaf Necklaces

10am to 5pm

categories Family, Outdoor

Leaf Necklaces

  Sat 31st August, 2019 — Sun 1st September, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

  £0 — £0

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Browse the site Add to Calendar 20190902 20190902 Europe/London Teddy Bear Picnic

12pm to 1.30pm

categories Family, Outdoor

Teddy Bear Picnic

  Mon 2nd September, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

  £0 — £0

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Browse the site Add to Calendar 20190903 20190903 Europe/London Science Play

10.30am to 15.30pm

categories Family, Outdoor

Science Play

  Tue 3rd September, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

  £2 — £2

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