Date: Thursday 5th December 2019
Celebration of Light and Clay
Bringing china clay to light
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China clay mining has transformed St Austell’s landscape dramatically over time. Immerse yourself in Cornish china clay heritage and explore a transformative effect as the Wheal Martyn clay pit, woodlands and trails undergo a very special transformation of their own.
Follow a beautiful light trail, exploring the changing landscape by torchlight.
Encounter natural and industrial features adorned by light in fascinating ways, and look out for four iconic exhibits along the way.
See how the latest LED technology, vivid colours and patterned displays create stunning effects on the iconic elements of Wheal Martyn, such as the waterwheel and flat rod tunnel.
Once you reach Pit View, get ready for a unique laser light performance, projected onto the unique canvas of Wheal Martyn’s working clay pit.
Follow the path down to an immersive Woodland Wonderland UV experience.
Draw with light on glow frames, or sit for a moment on a UV sofa, hung with lights, and consider how ‘black light’ creates the colour around you.
See the ethereal glow of UV bubbles floating in the air, and gasp as colours burst and scatter in vibrant displays.
Treat yourself to some festive food and drink too!
There are five bookable time slots on each evening.
Your experience will last approximately 2.5 to 3 hours and will include one 10 minute laser light performance and time to explore our immersive Woodland Wonderland UV area.
We have also built in time for participants to enjoy our café which will be serving festive food and drink, as well as time for other activities and surprises.
Please ensure you arrive to board the coach at Priory Road Car Park, at least 10 minutes before departure, to ensure you do not miss your time slot to view the laser light performance.
Return coaches will be running every 15 minutes from 6.30pm
Prices in advance :
Entry price is the same as the usual Museum Entry :
Adults : £9.75
Children, Ages 5 to 16 : £5.50
Children Under 5 years : Free
Entry to the Laser Light Show will also give 12 months return entry to Wheal Martyn!
Tickets are non-refundable.
If the event is cancelled due to extreme weather conditions, your ticket will remain valid for 12 months admission to Wheal Martyn.
There will be No Parking at Wheal Martyn, except for Disabled visitors (Please phone 01726 850362to reserve a parking space).
Please park at the Priory Road Car Park (PL25 5AB), just 2 miles away in St Austell. A Free Shuttle Bus will be running to and from Wheal Martyn.
The Shuttle Bus will depart at 4.00pm, 4.30pm, 5.00pm, 5.30pm and 6pm
Parking will be Free in Priory Car Park after 4.00pm.
Please ensure you arrive at least 10 minutes before the Shuttle Bus leaves, to ensure a prompt departure. A member of the Wheal Martyn team will be present to welcome you and guide you through your visit.
Since this event is taking place outside, please ensure you wrap up warm, wear gloves and hardy outdoor shoes/walking footwear and if it is wet, waterproof coats. Please also bring a torch to help guide yourself around the woodlands.
The event will go ahead in wet weather but in the event of extreme weather conditions and high winds may be cancelled or continue in a revised format – should this happen, you be contacted by CRBO
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