Thursday 22 March 2018
Visitors wanting to see the moving, steaming, mechanical Man Engine when it begins its grand tour of Wales in Blaenavon are advised to plan ahead for the event.
The huge mechanical puppet, which resembles a giant miner, is set to visit Blaenavon for a day of celebration on Sunday 8 April.
It will start its journey at Big Pit with an opening event from 11am until 1pm. Between 1pm and 2pm it will travel via the Gilchrist Thomas Industrial Estate to the main event at Blaenavon Ironworks, which runs from 2.30pm until 4.20pm.
Parking in the local area is limited and visitors are encouraged to use free shuttle buses which will run regularly between Old Mill Car Park in Pontypool and Blaenavon Ironworks from 10am. The buses will stop at every marked bus stop on the route and the last bus will leave Blaenavon Ironworks to return to Pontypool at 5:50pm.
Shuttle buses will also run to the Ironworks from the overflow car park in Garn Lakes and Blaenavon Heritage Railway car park.
There is limited parking at Big Pit but due to the road closures in place for the event visitors will need to be parked up by 10am and will be unable to leave until 2pm.
Limited disabled parking is available at Blaenavon Ironworks for anyone displaying a valid blue badge.
No parking will be permitted on the Gilchrist Thomas Industrial Estate, Kennard Place or Estate Road for the duration of the event.
The event at the Big Pit Museum and the parade through the Gilchrist Estate are free and un-ticketed.
Tickets for the Ironworks are £3 and can be booked via Ticketsource:
Park and ride
Free shuttle buses will run a 15-30 minute service between Old Mill Car Park in Pontypool and Blaenavon Ironworks, with the first bus departing Old Mill Car Park, Trosnant Street at 10:00. The last bus will leave the Ironworks at 17:50. The buses will stop at every marked bus stop en-route and will run via both Cwmavon and Varteg Hill.
Visit www.visitblaenavon.co.uk for a full timetable.
Parking in the Blaenavon World Heritage Site is limited and we would encourage visitors to use the free shuttle buses wherever possible. Limited parking will be available at the Garn Lakes overflow car park and the Blaenavon Heritage Railway car park. A shuttle bus picking up from these car parks and taking visitors to the Ironworks will run every 15/20 minutes.
Limited parking for drivers displaying a valid Blue Badge is available at Blaenavon Ironworks car park.
Big Pit car park
There is limited parking at the Big Pit, with a parking charge of £3. Due to the road closures for this event, access to this car park is only available before 10am, and users will not be able to leave the site until 2pm. Anyone needing to leave before 2pm should find alternative parking.
There will be a full road closure in operation from 10am until 5:30pm on the Gilchrist Thomas Industrial Estate, Kennard Place and Estate Road.
In order for the event to run smoothly, we request that no vehicles are parked along Gilchrist Thomas Industrial Estate, Kennard Place and Estate Road. In addition, parking cones will be placed along Church Road from Kennard Place to Stable Row to ensure ease of access for the shuttle bus and other vehicles.
Portaloos will be located in Rhymney Brewery car park and Blaenavon Ironworks car park. There are also toilets available at the Big Pit and Blaenavon Ironworks.
St John’s Ambulance will be attending the event and a first aid point will be located in the Blaenavon Ironworks car park.
St John’s Ambulance will provide the point for Lost and Found children, located in the Blaenavon Ironworks car park.
Waste and recycling
There will be waste and recycling bins located in Rhymney Brewery car park and Blaenavon Ironworks car park. Please dispose of any waste in these bins or take it home with you.