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The Man Engine – a giant mechanical puppet, taller than two double decker buses – will be visiting the Tamar Valley on Monday 25th July. It’s easy to get there and see it by train.
From Plymouth, catch the 10.54 to Gunnislake on the scenic Tamar Valley Line (arrives 11.40). The Off-Peak Day Return fare is just £5.60 for adults (and seeing the giant itself is free). From Gunnislake station it’s a five-minute walk to the Tamar Valley Centre (see map).
Bring a picnic to eat in the grounds of the Centre, and learn more about the history of Drakewalls mine. Then at 12.30 the big moment comes with a procession and ceremony. The event will be one of the first glimpses of the Man Engine, which will be touring Cornwall for a fortnight as part of the Cornwall Mining Landscape World Heritage Site’s ‘Tinth’ anniversary.