Kettle Kids Do Rock Scissors Paper and Summer Activities

Dig deep at Wheal Martyn this summer and discover how geologists, engineers and artists turn china clay into products we use every day, with three new children’s activity trails, dressing up, and fun-packed activities.

Find out about these important and varied roles in the china clay industry by following the three new Rock, Scissors and Paper activity trails, from the start of the school summer holidays. Look out for the familiar Kettle Kids, explore three new stories, and find answers to questions along the way! Can you find all of the clues to become a geologist, artist or engineer?


From Saturday 27 July, families will also be able to enjoy our jam-packed new summer activities programme. There will be an event or activity running every day until 4 September; choose from a diverse range of workshops, such as clay animation, rocket workshops, pottery painting and exciting scientific challenges, all of which encourage children to explore the stories of the industry in a fun, interactive and thought provoking way. Choose from drop-in sessions and creative activities with local artists Suzy Johnson and Lynn Simms, or perhaps join artists Carol Weir and Ruth Hills for paper making and craft workshops. If you enjoy listening to stories, join us for Clay Stories and listen to real life accounts of people who used to work in the china clay industry.

Nikita Brown, Exhibition and Engagement Officer, said, ‘We are really excited to be sharing not one, but three people’s stories this year: Colin Bristow, a retired geologist who worked in the clay industry for 30 years, William Francis, an engineer from the 1890s to 1930s, and finally, Carol Weir who is an Artist in Residence at Wheal Martyn. We hope our visitors enjoy discovering how the clay industry shaped their lives and careers in three very different ways. We also have a range of daily activities to suit all ages and abilities, from arts and crafts to science and digital workshops. We are always looking for feedback, so why not take part and tell us what you think?’

Are you ready for…Rock, Scissors, Paper? There is something for everyone this summer at Wheal Martyn, come rain or shine.

See our upcoming events list here. For more information, call 01726 850362 or email

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