November 15, 2017
Cornish Man Engine to rise again next year
The incredible Cornish Man Engine is coming back next year. The colossal engineering miracle is set to rise again and visit locations in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and beyond.
After recent news of the win of the ‘Best Arts Project’ in the prestigious National Lottery Awards, it has been announced that the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain will rise again next Easter in a sparkling ‘Resurrection Tour.’
The Man Engine, powered by Volvo, steamed the length of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site last summer, unearthing a deep lode of passion and pride. Now, the colossal mechanical miner is set for his Resurrection Tour across Cornwall and Devon, before he drives further, into Somerset, South Wales and up to the North of England.
The creator of the Man Engine, Will Coleman of Golden Tree Productions, said: “Our big boy is setting off in the footsteps of the Cousin Jacks, but he needs to say a proper farewell to Cornwall, and our friends just over the Tamar in Tavistock, before he goes onto Somerset on the first UK leg of the epic global tour that we hope one day to achieve.”
The Man Engine crawls at four metres high and ‘transforms’ to stand at 11.2 metres high, powered by Volvo’s brand new L220H wheeled-loader. Five mining related venues across Cornwall, Devon and Somerset will each host two separate events; a daytime family friendly fun day and an ‘after dark’ edgy extravaganza.
On Saturday March 31 2018, the Man Engine will re-appear where he was last seen: at Geevor Tin Mine in the ultimate West. Then he heads east: on Easter Sunday April 1 he will be at Heartlands. On Easter Monday April 2 he will visit Cornwall’s ancient Stannary capital, Lostwithiel before crossing the Tamar to Tavistock on Tuesday April 3.
He will then travel to the old coal-mining town of Radstock in Somerset for Friday April 6, before heading onwards to South Wales (from Sunday April 8 until Thursday April 12) and then onto Ironbridge in Shropshire, Elsecar in Yorkshire, and to the foremost mining and quarrying equipment show at Hillhead Quarry, near Buxton in Derbyshire.
Will Coleman explained the difference between the new daytime and night-time events which will take place at each of the Cornish, Devon and Somerset venues saying: “Our ‘Afternooner’ will give families and ‘big kids’ the chance to really get to know their favourite giant miner: there will be an industrialscale feast of fun and frolics.”
“The ‘Afterdarker’ promises an edgier explosive experience including white-hot pyrotechnics – sparks will fly! Suffice to say, we are cranking up the experience that held everyone spellbound last year.”
Will also announced an affordable Earlybird Ticket scheme for the Cornwall, Devon and Somerset events saying: “Last year 150,000 residents and visitors from across Cornwall and West Devon, managed to see the Man Engine. It all went pretty bonkers and, due to the colossal demand and excitement, we had to encourage people not to come to certain events that we were expecting to be really busy and some people even got turned away!”
Will continued: “So this year, we want to make sure that everyone who is keen to see the Man Engine can definitely know that they will get to see him at a certain location, at a certain time. So, we are going to sell 3,000 super cheap tickets for each event.”
“These earlybird tickets are available at just £5 per person (adult or child) for just five weeks, starting from now! We really hope people will want to come out and support The Man Engine again. Perhaps buying tickets for friends and family for Christmas presents.”
The Cornish Mining World Heritage Site also announced a new sponsorship for a Cornish schools educational programme, that will be run in collaboration with Golden Tree Productions and the Man Engine Resurrection Tour supported by Cornwall Council.
The new project will involve participating teams of five students or apprentices being invited to a specially hosted STEAM. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths) workshops with the Man Engine design and build team at one of four Cornish Mining World Heritage sites (Geevor Tin Mine, Heartlands, Wheal Martyn, Wheal Annamaria).
These workshops will illuminate a little of Cornwall’s inspiring history of technological invention and innovation. Teams will also be invited to one of the Man Engine Resurrection events to compete in public and to discover the most efficient, innovative and entertaining inventions.
The Man Engine Resurrection Tour 2018 Earlybird tickets are available for each of the Cornwall and SW England events from manenginetickets.com at £5 per ticket (plus an additional £1 booking fee) for five weeks only or until 3,000 tickets have sold for each event. The ticket price will then increase up to £10/£12/£15 until the events themselves next year.
First published in the Torpoint Advertiser– November 2017