Man Engine Travelling To West Cornwall

Posted on: 4th August 2016
Man Engine

Man Engine heading to the far West as part of the tenth anniversary of our mining heritage gaining World Heritage status

Man Engine travelling to West Cornwall and due to larger than expected crowds, travel and transport arrangements are being reviewed and updated to manage numbers of travellers better. Please use public transport, wherever possible, for your own and others enjoyment is the key message. Below is a press release issued by Cornwall Council for Hayle, Penzance, St Just, Botallack and Pendeen (Geevor) but more detailed information will be published re parking for St Just, Botallack and Pendeen following local event management planning visits today.




Will Coleman of Golden Tree Productions and the leaders at Cornwall Council, who are supporting the Man Engine tour, have issued joint advice for members of the public heading to the final Man Engine ceremonies on 4th, 5th and 6th August.

The Man Engine has caught the world’s imagination, with global media coverage and videos of the behemoth being shared everywhere, as people take this opportunity to learn about the transformative effects that the Cornish mining industry has had right across the world. As is being witnessed with all of the Man Engine events, there is an unprecedented demand and enthusiasm from residents and visitors alike to experience this epic, mechanical artwork, and to see the remarkable surrounding spectacle.

Organisers are expecting large crowds at all events and a large amount of traffic travelling in and out of each of the upcoming towns, villages and attractions spots whilst the Man Engine passes through.

Councillor Julian German, the Chairman of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Partnership says, “As the Man Engine nears the end of his major journey across Cornwall and West Devon, everyone at Cornwall Council, at the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site and at Golden Tree Productions are working extremely hard to, where possible, extend the access numbers to the events, whilst ensuring optimum public safety.  At all events, to avoid disappointment, we are urging members of the public to plan ahead, allow plenty of time; to arrive early, and stay later, and be patient, so they can enjoy all the great supporting events that are being co-ordinated by local partners and business improvement district teams, and also ensure less stress on the transport infrastructure. Plus we’re urging everyone to use the park and ride options, or the train or First Kernow or other local bus services to make their journeys in and out of the Man Engine locations so much easier.”

Councillor German issued the following public information updates:

Thursday 4 August – Hayle:  Transformation ceremony at 19:00 hours

To prepare for the Transformation at Hayle, Foundry Square Car Park will be closed from 06:00 until 23:00. Foundry Square from Chapel Terrace to B3302 will be closed from 14:00 instead of 16:00.

The best way to access the event will be via public transport – the transformation location is close to the train station and there are regular bus services to and from Hayle. 

 A special Park and Ride Service to Hayle Foundry Car Park to see the Man Engine Ceremony has been arranged at Splatternridden Farm, Lelant Downs, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 6LH. Cost is £3 per car plus £1 per person for the bus.

Buses will start from 17:00 from the Farm to Hayle and run until 19:00. Drop off and collection point is outside Whites Warehouse, Foundry Square, Hayle. Following the ceremony the buses will start again from 20:00 to 21:00 back to the Farm. A very limited amount of free parking will be available on North Quay.

Friday 5 August – Penzance: Transformation ceremony at 17:00 hours

The advertised road closure has been brought forward to 7am. Similar travel arrangements as for the Golowan festival will be in place, with additional parking at Penwith College and the Old Cornwall Council Offices at St Clare, but please use public transport wherever possible.  

Saturday 6 August – St Just: Transformation ceremony at 11am

The planned road closures will now be brought forward to 7am. Parking for 500 cars will be available at Nancherrow. There will be parking restrictions on the roads surrounding the Transformation site, with alternative parking for residents at Carhallack. Additional bus services will operate from Penzance Bus station to St Just, Botallack and Geevor, details available at with a shuttle service from St Just to Geevor in operation from 12.30 to 14.30 and return from 17:00.

Botallack: Procession ceremony at 13:00 hours

This is a Procession only (no Transformation) and there is no parking available at the Botallack site. Please do not attempt to park on the adjacent highways or lanes, Anyone who does will have their vehicles removed to ensure access for emergency vehicles and the Man Engine itself. Please use the bus from Penzance or St Just, or walk to the site.

 Geevor Tin Mine: Procession and Transformation ceremony at 16:00 hours

Particularly large numbers are expected for Geevor. The site will be open from 11am and visitors are advised to arrive early and leave later to avoid congestion. First Kernow will be operating additional services from Penzance bus station that drop off at the entrance to Geevor Tin Mine – details available at Parking will be available in fields adjacent to Geevor – please follow signs and stewards instructions.  

Pendeen village, and surroundings roads and areas, will also be subject to temporary parking restrictions on the day, no waiting restriction cones will be placed throughout the villages, and surrounding roads, with alternative residents parking available in Church Road or in the adjacent field.  This is also to allow access for emergency vehicles, free flow of traffic and the Man Engine itself. 

Update details for St Just, Botallack and Pendeen now available

The Golden Tree Productions team is also urging everyone to keep an eye on the constantly updated social media streams at@TheManEngine and the Cornwall Council streams @CornwallCouncil will also continually carry urgent public information and updates.

The Man Engine is UK’s largest ever mechanical puppet, an epic 10 metre plus Cornish mining icon, who will have journeyed the entire length of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site. 

Part of the ‘Tinth’ (10th) anniversary of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape being added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site Partnership provided the initial funding for the two week awe-inspiring journey of the Man Engine – a monumental moving, smoking, metal-worked, mining ‘behemoth’, the likes of which has never been seen before.   

List of public bus service information to each event:

Penzance – 05/08/16

From St Ives, Carbis Bay, Lelant:  First Kernow service 17/17A

From Truro, Redruth, Camborne, Hayle: First Kernow service 18

From Marazion: First Kernow services 2, 17B,

From Falmouth, Helston, Praa Sands, Goldsithney: First Kernow service 2

From Mousehole, Newlyn: First Kernow service 6/6A

From St Buryan: First Kernow service 1/1A

From Porthcurno: First Kernow service 1A

From Pendeen, St Just, Heamoor: First Kernow service 10

From St Just, Sancreed: Travel Cornwall service 409

From Madron, Heamoor: First Kernow service 10A

From Gulval: First Kernow service 16

From Crowlas: First Kernow services 17/17A, 18

From Zennor: First Kernow service 16A

Main Line Rail Services to Penzance: From Truro, Redruth, Camborne, Hayle, St Erth.  From St Ives branch line change at St Erth.  From Falmouth branch line change at Truro.

Geevor – 06/08/16

From Penzance, St Just, Geevor, Pendeen: First Kernow service 10

From St Ives, Zennor, Pendeen, Geevor, St Just, Sennen, Lands End: First Kernow service 300

From Penzance, Sancreed, St Just: Travel Cornwall service 409

From Zennor, Pendeen, Geevor, St Just, Land End: West Penwith Community Bus Service 7

Additional bus services, from First Bus Kernow, are as follows:


For the Hayle event we are operating the following additional services 20:00 Hayle Foundry Square to St.Ives and 20:00 Hayle Viaduct to Camborne Bus Station. These are in addition to normal services 19:55 & 20:50 to Penzance and 20:06 to Truro.


For the Penzance event there will be additional capacity provided on all services at their normal times and an additional journey on Service 1A at 18:40 to St.Buryan, Porthcurno, Land’s End and Sennen.


We will be running additional journeys to the normal timetable on service 10 from Penzance to St.Just and Geevor at 09:40, 10:40,11:40, 12:40, 13:40.

We will be running an additional journey from St.Buryan (10:11), Porthcurno (10:24), Land’s End (10:39) and Sennen Cove (10:54) on service 1A/300 to St.Just and Geevor. There will also be an extra return journey back to these points from Geevor at 18:30.

For full timetable information and journey planning options, the public should refer to  or