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Record Visitor Numbers at Wheal Martyn

Cornwall visitor attraction Wheal Martyn Clay Works have reported the highest February half term visitor numbers for almost 10 years.

The attraction, which celebrates the heritage of Cornwall’s largest mining industry, puts its success in part down to a popular programme of events and activities.

Sue Ford, Museum Manager, said, ‘We are delighted to have welcomed so many people to Wheal Martyn this half term. Visitors told us that they had a great time taking part in the activities on offer as well as looking around the site. We had children making working waterwheels and creating clay faces in the trees throughout the site which they couldn’t wait to tell us about when returning to the museum.’

Activities on offer included a clay structure challenge, using only clay and wooden sticks to support a satsuma; a water wheel workshop which saw families creating working water wheels out of cardboard and cups, and a chance to create clay faces in the woods, using the natural shapes of the trees and foraging for materials to make their unique face.

Sue continued, ‘It’s really important to us that our activities help to tell the story of the Clay Works. We are building on the success of our half term programme to produce a range of activities for the future at Wheal Martyn.’

A programme of Clay related events and activities is in place for the remainder of 2019.

Wheal Martyn is just on the outskirts of St Austell and is open daily from 10am.

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