Pay a visit to Wheal Martyn this February half term for a jam-packed week of exciting activities.
Come along on both weekends (16-17 and 23-24 February) and Friday 22 and unleash your creative side while delving into the delights of nature with free Winter Mask Making! Explore Wheal Martyn’s nature reserve on a scavenger hunt, and pick up your favourite nature items to decorate your mask with in our ‘Make and Take’ station!
On Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 February, interactive workshops will encourage children to discover science and engineering, the museum’s upcoming Clay Stories theme, in a fun and dynamic setting. For budding engineers or architects, or for those who simply love making things, there is the Wheal Martyn Clay Structures Challenge. On Monday 18 February, come along and build a structure using only clay and wooden sticks to support a satsuma! Prizes will be up for grabs for the tallest and strongest structures.
Alternatively, become an engineer for the day and pop in on Tuesday 19 February for the Water Wheel Workshop. The water wheel at Wheal Martyn was crucial for the movement of clay slurry from the pits to the settling tanks and demonstrates the innovation of the people who were involved in its creation. Children can be inspired by this and create their very own water wheels to take home as a memento.
On Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 February, families will be able to enjoy a creative nature-themed day with Clay Faces in the Woods. Create a clay face on one of the trees in the woods, and forage for natural art materials such as leaves, sticks and feathers. Keep a look out for other creations too!
Nikita Brown, Exhibition and Engagement Officer at Wheal Martyn said, ‘We are really excited to showcase the importance of Science and Engineering in the clay industry in these fun and engaging activities for children and their families. We hope to offer something for everyone, from structure challenges to art based activities. These activities have been developed as part of our Clay Works! project with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England, and a range of other organisations including support from Imerys Minerals Ltd. We do hope you will take part in the activities this February half term – we would love to hear your feedback and ideas on these pilot activities so we can develop and improve our events programme in the coming years’.
Please note: the Badger Forest School session for Friday 22nd has been cancelled. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.