Giant miner puppet stopping in St Austell on its journey
Written by The Cormorant Hotel
The giant miner puppet, the Man Engine, will be stopping in St Austell tomorrow, July 28, on its 130-mile journey through the mining heritage landscape of Cornwall. St Austell is close to our Golant hotel near Fowey and seeing it action is definitely something worth seeing!
The giant puppet of a Cornish miner took its first steps on Monday. It will travel across the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site, marking the 10th year of it gaining its UNESCO status, or the 'Tinth Anniversary' as it is being named for the celebration.
When crawling, the puppet reaches the height of a double decker bus, but is twice that when standing, reaching around 10 metres in height. The Man Engine is the largest ever mechanical puppet made in the UK. Volunteers help the puppet when standing, which happens when it stops at every key heritage mining site in Cornwall.
Some of the places it will be stopping include Lostwithiel, Truro, Redruth, Penzance and ending its journey on August 6th at Geevor.
Tomorrow, the Man Engine will stop at St Austell. It will arrive in the centre, and 'transform', with the ceremony beginning around 2pm in Trinity Street. There will later be a procession of the Man Engine in Wheal Martyn with live entertainment in the evening, from 7pm.
Around 50,000 people are expected to see the Man Engine on its two-week journey, and with it stopping by so close to our Golant hotel near Fowey it is a great opportunity to join in the celebration and discover the passion for Cornwall's mining heritage.
You can check out some videos and follow the giant puppet's journey on their Facebook page here.
Photo by: Stephen Rowe / Instagram