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Wheal Martyn, Saint Austell, United Kingdom

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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 20190218 20190218 Europe/London Clay Structures Challenge

11am to 12.00noon and 2pm to 3pm

categories Art, Family

Clay Structures Challenge

  Mon 18th February, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

  £1 — £1

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Browse the site Add to Calendar 20190219 20190219 Europe/London Wheal Martyn Water Wheel

11am to 12.00noon and 2pm to 3pm

categories Art, Family

Wheal Martyn Water Wheel

  Tue 19th February, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

  £1.50 — £1.50

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Browse the site Add to Calendar 20190220 20190221 Europe/London Clay Faces in the Woods

10am to 4pm

categories Art, Family

Clay Faces in the Woods

  Wed 20th February, 2019 — Thu 21st February, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

  £0.50 — £0.50

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Browse the site Add to Calendar 20190222 20190222 Europe/London Badger Forest School at Wheal Martyn

11am to 1pm

categories Active, Community, Family, Outdoor

Badger Forest School at Wheal Martyn

  Fri 22nd February, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

  £4 — £8

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Browse the site Add to Calendar 20190223 20190224 Europe/London Winter Mask Making

10am - 4pm

categories Art, Community, Family, Outdoor

Winter Mask Making

  Sat 23rd February, 2019 — Sun 24th February, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

  £0 — £0

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Browse the site Add to Calendar 20190309 20190309 Europe/London St Piran’s Day Celebrations

10am – 4pm

categories Community, Cornish & Heritage, Festivals, Food & Drink, Live Music

St Piran’s Day Celebrations

  Sat 9th March, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

  £7.50 — £7.50

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Browse the site Add to Calendar 20190316 20190316 Europe/London Stem the Flow

2pm – 4pm

categories Family, Outdoor

Stem the Flow

  Sat 16th March, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

  £ — £

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Browse the site Add to Calendar 20190316 20190316 Europe/London Relaxed Opening

4pm – 5.30pm

categories Community, Cornish & Heritage

Relaxed Opening

  Sat 16th March, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

  £ — £

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Browse the site Add to Calendar 20190330 20190330 Europe/London Museum Club: Spring Planting

10.30am – 1.30pm
No need to book

categories Active, Community, Family, Outdoor

Museum Club: Spring Planting

  Sat 30th March, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

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Browse the site Add to Calendar 20190408 20190408 Europe/London Artyology Ceramics Workshop

Sessions last for 2 hours and start at either 10.30am or 1.30pm

categories Art, Family

Artyology Ceramics Workshop

  Mon 8th April, 2019

  Wheal Martyn, St Austell

  £6 — £7

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