Man Engine Wales: forging a nation

The Man Engine standing up with crowds and miners around him

The Man Engine by The Man Engine
In April 2018, in our Year of the Sea, the Man Engine Cymru, impressive symbol of world mining heritage and ambassador for Welsh Coal Mining, will meet key historical characters on his route through the South Wales Coalfields to the sea to celebrate the achievements and commemorate the sacrifices involved in this globally important story. The Man Engine is an impressive 11.2 metres tall, moving, steaming, mechanical miner. He will visit five key industrial South Wales towns as part of the tour - Blaenavon, Tredegar, Merthyr Tydfil, Pontypridd and Swansea.

The Man Engine will only wake up and transform to his full 11.2 metres when he is sung to, so come along to lend your voice to this unique celebration!

Tour dates

Blaenavon, 8 April 2018

Big Pit National Coal Museum and Blaenavon Ironworks

Visitors can watch as the giant puppet ‘collects’ coal from the Big Pit Museum and parades it through the Gilchrist Estate before ‘selling’ it at the main event at Blaenavon Ironworks, where Sidney Gilchrist Thomas and a host of choirs, brass bands and theatrics await.

Big Pit Museum:  11am – 1pm. Free entry.
Gilchrist Industrial Estate: 1pm – 2pm. Free entry.
Blaenavon Ironworks: 2pm – 4.30pm. Tickets for the Ironworks can be booked via the Man Engine website.

Blaenau Gwent, 9 April 2018

Park Bryn Bach, Tredegar

Visitors can watch as the giant puppet meets Aneurin Bevan MP and the miners, quarrymen and ironworkers who came together to form the Tredegar Workingmen’s Medical Aid society, an early blueprint for the NHS. A host of choirs, brass bands and theatrics await.

Gates open at 9am, the main Man Engine Ceremony takes place between 2pm and 4.30pm. Tickets can be booked via the Man Engine website.

Merthyr Tydfil, 10 April 2018

Cyfarthfa Park and Castle, 12 noon – 4pm

Visitors can watch as the giant puppet awakes from his slumber and ‘steams’ towards the castle, where he’ll meet a host of characters from Merthyr’s industrial past. 

Advance tickets can be booked via the Man Engine website.

Rhondda Cynon Taf, 11 April 2018

Ynysangharad War Memorial Park, Pontypridd, 12 noon – 4pm

Visitors can watch as the Man Engine is presented with a gift to symbolise the chains and anchors which were once produced in the heart of Pontypridd using Rhondda coal, and supplied to the Admiralty and famous passenger liners including the Queen Mary and the QE2. 

Tickets for the free event can be booked via the Man Engine website.

Swansea, 12 April 2018

National Waterfront Museum Swansea, Swansea City Centre and the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks  

Visitors can watch as the giant puppet ‘collects’ copper ore from the National Waterfront Museum and parades it through Swansea City Centre before presenting it to John Henry Vivian at the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks, where a dramatic after-dark fire and light show awaits.

National Waterfront Museum: 11am – 1.15pm, free
Swansea City Centre, 2.15pm – 3pm, free
Hafod-Morfa Copperworks, 6.30pm – 9.30pm. Tickets can be booked via the Man Engine website.