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All you need to know about the Man Engine event at Cyfarthfa Castle

  • Categories : Press Release
  • 09 Apr 2018
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Public Information Sheet

Man Engine Event 10th April 2018


What is Man Engine?

Man Engine is the 11.2m tall, 40 tonne largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain.  As part of celebrations aimed at highlighting the legacy of Wales’s historic mining communities, Man Engine will be visiting Cyfarthfa Park tomorrow (Tuesday, April 10).

Where can I buy tickets?

You can get tickets from  Tickets will be available at the gates on the day, but will cost £1 more.

How much are the tickets?

Free for children aged two & under; family ticket - £12 plus booking fee; adults - £4 plus booking fee; concession - £3 plus booking fee.

Can I buy tickets on the day?

Yes, you can buy tickets at the Lakeside gates and Pandy Close gates, but they’ll cost £1 each more.

Getting there

Cyfarthfa Castle & Park
Brecon Road
Merthyr Tydfil
CF47 8RE


No parking will be available at Cyfarthfa Park during the event, but shuttle buses are provided.

Where can I get a shuttle bus from?

Shuttle buses will operate from three locations:

  • Merthyr Law Courts.
  • Merthyr Leisure Village*
  • The College Merthyr Tydfil.

The buses will be operated by Sixty Sixty Coaches and will commence at 11.30a.m. The buses will drop off at Lakeside Gates.  There will also be a wheelchair access vehicle available. Staff will be at the three locations to assist.

* Please note that if you’re intending to use the shuttle bus from the Leisure Village, you should park only in the spaces in front of the leisure centre or skate park - all other spaces are managed separately and could result in a fine.

Will any road closures be in place?

Brecon Road will be closed between Gwaelodygarth Lane and Gurnos Junction, and Cyfarthfa Road (after the entrance to the Cyfarthfa Industrial Estate and Pandy Clock) for the period leading up to the start of the event, between 11am and 4pm.

Will there be other attractions in the park on the day?

There will be Victorian and modern fun fair rides, theatrical shows, live music and storytelling.  There will also be performances from the Tenovus Choir and Lewis Merthyr Brass Band, with an industrial themed pageant by Cast Performance Academy. A rare opportunity will also be provided to see the historical Trevithick Penydarren Locomotive for one day only, along with Penydarren Locomotive themed craft workshops.

What time is the main event taking place?

Gates open at 12 midday and Man Engine will begin his procession at 1pm.  The main ceremony will take place at 2-2.45pm on the Castle forecourt.

Can we buy food and drink at the event?

Cyfarthfa Tearooms will be open and there will also be vendors with stalls and mobile food vans located at various points within the Park.

Can we bring our own food and drink?

You can bring your own food and drink but alcohol is not allowed on site.  We also ask that you take any rubbish you may have home with you.

When will the park be open as normal to members of the public not attending the event?

The Park will be closed to the public for the duration of the event and re-open at 4pm.

Toilet Facilities

Toilets (including disabled access) are located at the Bowls Pavilion within the Park grounds and are signposted, as well as temporary toilet facilities on the hard stand area located in Pandy Field car park.

Further information

Information will be updated via the Council’s social media channels, Facebook - Merthyr Tydfil CBC - and Twitter @MerthyrCBC.

We respectfully request your cooperation in observing the restrictions on site due to security reasons to ensure that this event runs smoothly for everyone’s enjoyment.



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