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

Creative Community Tiles - Monday 15 April 2019

Help us raise money for Wheal Martyn by decorating a ceramic tile for our facilities. As a charity, your donations are really important to enable us to preserve and make accessible the collections and historic buildings at Wheal Martyn which tell the story of Cornwall’s largest mining industry, as well as supporting the museum to provide opportunities for learning and community engagement. So pop along anytime between 10.30am and 15.30pm on 11 and 15 April, and 28 May, and leave your lasting mark at Wheal Martyn. All tiles will be installed on a wall at Wheal Martyn in January 2020. Suggested donation: £1. Suitable for all ages and abilities. For more information call 01726 850362.


 

Easter Clay Modelling - Tuesday 16 April 2019

This Easter at Wheal Martyn, we are celebrating ceramics and the potteries. Why not pop along on Tuesday 16 April to learn more about our connection with the ceramics industry and have a go at clay modelling yourself. From Easter baskets to leaf bowls to waterwheels, the possibilities are endless. Make the perfect Wheal Martyn memento to take home with you.

Suitable for all ages, costing only 50p. No need to book, just drop in between 10.30am to 15.30pm. For more information call 01726 850362 or email info@wheal-martyn.com


 

Heritage Building Skills Training - Wednesday 17 April 2019 to Thursday 18 April 2019

Wheal Martyn Clay Works are offering practical training in skills used in the preservation and maintenance of historic buildings.  The Carpentry and Joinery course will be delivered at Cornwall College, St. Austell campus on 17 – 18 April 2019. Each day will run from 9.00am to approximately 4.30 – 5.00pm. More information: https://www.wheal-martyn.com/wheal-martyn-clay-works-offers-heritage-building-skills-training/


 

Easter Pottery Painting - Wednesday 17 April 2019

This Easter at Wheal Martyn, we are celebrating all things ceramic! Did you know that Cornish china clay is still transported to Stoke-on-Trent to be made into cups, plates and other ceramic products which we all use in our daily lives. A crucial role in this process is the gilder, who expertly hand paints the ceramics. Why not come and have a go yourself and paint your own Easter themed ceramic? Choose from bunny shaped money banks, chick egg cups or egg tealights.

There is a small fee of £1 to £3.50 to pay for the cost of ceramics. No need to book, just drop in between 10.30am and 15.30pm on 17 April. All ages welcome – fun for all the family! For more information call 01726 850362.


 

Land Rover Clay Tours - Wednesday 17 April 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!

17 April, 29 May, 31 July, 7, 14, 21 August, 21 October

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


 

Make And Decorate Your Own Fantasy Eggs - Thursday 18 April 2019

Have you ever wondered what your favourite mythical creature’s eggs would look like? Let your imagination escape to distant lands and create your very own magical fantasy egg – from mermaids to dragons to phoenixes – the choice is yours. Costing only £1.50, all ages are welcome to join in the fun. No need to book, just drop in between 10.30am and 15.30pm on 18 April. For more information call 01726 850362 or email info@wheal-martyn.com


 

Clay Faces In The Woods - Friday 19 April 2019

If you go down to Wheal Martyn’s woods, what type of faces do you think you will find? Join in the fun and create your very own clay face on one of our trees and keep a lookout for other creations too. Look carefully at the trees to find natural shapes which can be used in your design. Don’t forget to forage for leaves, sticks and feathers to add to your face too. Fun for all the family, costing only 50p. Drop in between 10am – 4pm.


 

Easter Bunny Headbands - Saturday 20 April 2019 to Monday 22 April 2019

Get creative and fashion your own Easter bunny headbands! Drop in between 10.00am – 4.00pm on either 20, 21 & 22 April. Just 50p.


 

Family Fun Day - Sunday 28 April 2019

On Sunday 28th April, join us at Wheal Martyn for our Family Fun Day! There will be plenty of exciting family fun activities on offer – clay play, a bouncy castle, plant sales, owls to get up close to, pottery painting, Badger Forest School, and Cornwall College ‘Stories from a suitcase’ theatre performances. Come along between 11am – 4pm. Tickets £6 per adult and £3 per child. For more information call 01726 850362 or email info@wheal-martyn.com


 

Land Rover Clay Tours - Wednesday 29 May 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!

29 May, 31 July, 7, 14, 21 August, 21 October

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


 

Special Offers

Present your device to the cashier

£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