Wheal Martyn Clay Works

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Discover Cornwall's secret at the UK's only china clay museum, set within 26 acres of atmospheric woodlands. 

Check out the original Victorian clay works, bursting at the seams with tools and machinery. Explore the real-life stories and tales of the industry which shaped the landscape and lives of people in mid-Cornwall. Find out about Cornwall's largest mining industry, past and present, and catch a glimpse of modern machines in action in the working clay pit. 

Take a stroll along the nature trails, woodland walks and adjoining 'Clay Trails', scattered with nature and heritage. Why not bring your dog along too? On your way, see if you can find the workers' historic crib hut, view the rather curious settling tanks and beautiful vintage vehicles, and see Cornwall's largest working water wheel.

Explore the interactive Discovery Centre indoors, featuring displays and exhibitions. Test your understanding of local dialects, try your strength against the village tug-o-war team and meet a Victorian kettle boy.

Children can get active on the adventure trail, dive into the dressing up box and let off steam in the play area. Keep an eye out for our exciting activities throughout the year! 

Facilities

  • Disabled Access
  • Disabled WC
  • Dogs Welcome
  • Food & Drink
  • Picnic Area
  • Shop
  • WiFi Available

Opening Times

Open daily: 10.00am - 5.00pm 

Winter opening: 10.00am - 4.00pm 

Visit our WEBSITE for more detail. 

Prices

Adult 17+ £9.75
Children 0-5 FREE
Children 5-16 £5.50
Family Saver - 2 adults and 2 children £28.00
Family Saver - 2 Adults and up to 4 children £34.00

Contact Details

Wheal Martyn
Carthew
St. Austell
Cornwall
PL26 8XG

Telephone: 01726 850362
Email: info@wheal-martyn.com
Web: http://www.wheal-martyn.com

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Upcoming Events

Woodland Sculptures - Saturday 24 August 2019 to Sunday 25 August 2019

Be inspired by local Cornish Sculpture artists like Barbara Hepworth and Jenny Beavan and create your own woodland sculptures at Wheal Martyn. Make sure you take a picture and share with the Wheal Martyn team using the hashtag #WhealMartynSculptures

Artyology: Photography - Saturday 24 August 2019

Artyology at Wheal Martyn with local artists Suzy Johnson and Lynn Simms: Photography

Explore Wheal Martyn’s site with Suzy and Lynn and learn how to capture the perfect photograph. The white pyramids surrounding Wheal Martyn are one the most iconic symbols of the china clay industry. Although they could be seen as just the spoils of the industry, the pyramids have become part of the identity of the area and a reminder of the importance of the industry. Artyology are offering a series of art workshops focusing on clay heritage, by exploring the site at Wheal Martyn, including the opportunity to take your very own photographs. Please bring your own mobile phone or digital camera. The photographs will be exhibited as part of the White Gold festival on Saturday 21st September at Wheal Martyn and installed on the clay trails leading up to Wheal Martyn. All are warmly welcome and the workshops are suitable for ages 8+, including adults. No previous art experience is necessary and you are welcome to attend all of the workshop in the series. Please wear suitable clothing for mess and weather. The workshops are free, but usual museum entry still applies. No need to book, just drop-in to the museum.

Paint A Bug House - Monday 26 August 2019

Here at Wheal Martyn, we love to explore nature and protect the local environment. Why not help us by decorating your own bug house for your garden. What type of colours and designs do you think the bugs in your garden will like? Buzz buzz.

Time: 10.30am to 15.30pm

Price: £3

Printing With Nature - Tuesday 27 August 2019

Printing with nature explores the beautiful patterns found naturally on leaves and other natural items. Pick your favourite leaves to print with and make your own creation. Only 50p.

Performance Of Flock, And Flock Workshop - Tuesday 27 August 2019

On Tuesday 27 August, join us to see the first performance of Flock across the site at 2pm, followed by a family creative workshop – take the dancers on a tour and leave your trace with chalk writing and drawings. Find out more here.

Price: FREE (normal museum entry applies)

Paper-Making Workshop With Artist Carol Weir - Wednesday 28 August 2019

Join local artist Carol Weir and try your hand at making a decorative shape of handmade paper. You will be able to use white or coloured paper pulp to make a shape using a cookie cutter as a mould. Why not get even more creative and add some petals, leaves or seeds into the mix? This workshop is drop-in and suitable for all ages.

Times: 10.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm

Price: £2.50

Clay Stories - Friday 30 August 2019

Join our expert volunteers as they share their own stories of the clay industry. Discover what life was like working in the china clay mines and explore how the industry has changed today. Free to attend (normal admission fees apply), 2pm.

Leaf Necklace - Saturday 31 August 2019

Make beautiful leaf necklaces from leaves scavenged in Wheal Martyn’s woodlands. Make sure you take a picture and share with the Wheal Martyn team using the hashtag #WhealMartyn

Artyology: Painting And Printing Clay Landscapes - Saturday 31 August 2019

Be prepared to get messy in this week’s workshop as Suzy and Lynn show you how to paint and print using clay heritage objects for inspiration. The white pyramids surrounding Wheal Martyn are one the most iconic symbols of the china clay industry. Although they could be seen as just the spoils of the industry, the pyramids have become part of the identity of the area and a reminder of the importance of the industry. Artyology are offering a series of art workshops focusing on clay heritage, including the opportunity to make work inspired by pyramid structures. The pyramid inspired art will be exhibited as part of the White Gold festival on Saturday 21st September at Wheal Martyn and installed on the clay trails leading up to Wheal Martyn. All are warmly welcome and the workshops are suitable for ages 8+, including adults. No previous art experience is necessary and you are welcome to attend all of the workshop in the series. The workshops are free, but usual museum entry still applies. No need to book, just drop-in to the museum.

Land Rover Clay Tours - Monday 21 October 2019

Take this fascinating Land Rover tour and see behind the scenes of the modern day industry. From the mining process and mixing of the grades of clay to the drying and transporting, it’s well worth the trip!

£15 per per person. Booking essential. The trip will leave Wheal Martyn at 1pm.

Your ticket price includes museum entry!

21 October

Call 01726 850362 or email info@wheal-martyn.com


 

Special Offers

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£1 off per person (max 6 persons) at Wheal Martyn Clay Works
Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or the family saver ticket.

Valid for the 2019 season

REF: For One & All Voucher