The Valleys
Man Engine Cymru: forging a nation

Man Engine Cymru: forging a nation

The largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain, the moving, steaming, mechanical Man Engine, is visiting The Valleys this April. 

The colossal feat of engineering, will visit Big Pit, Blaenavon Ironworks, the The Works site, Ebbw Vale, Cyfarthfa Park and Castle in Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd Town Centre, the National Waterfront Museum Swansea and the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks as part of his journey across Wales, 8 - 12 April. 

When Man Engine visits each site, unique stories will be told as he makes his way from the industrial heartland, to the coast as part of Visit Wales’s 2018 Year of the Sea; so, if you attended each event you are assured of a unique experience each day. 

Animated by a team of more than a dozen ‘miners’, the giant puppet will begin his grand tour of Wales on 8 April 2018 with an opening ceremony at Big Pit and a parade down to Blaenavon Ironworks

Next stop will be Parc Bryn Bach, Tredegar on 9 April, a former site of coal mines that is now a fantastic country park, with loads of opportunities for modern day adventures.

On 10 April, 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 through Pontypridd Town Centre on 11 April, with choirs, brass bands and theatrics to bring the experience to life. 

The grand finale will take place on 12 April, with nostalgic displays at the National Waterfront Museum Swansea and the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks

For tickets to this unique experience visit - tickets are now online -  and keep your eyes open for some fantastic competitions in the run up to Easter. And, if you are lucky enough see Man Engine in The Valleys then please share your epic experiences on social media with the hashtag #ManEngineCymru.