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Poldark Mine (Helston)
Member Name: Bullmer
Poldark Mine (Helston)
Date: 21/05/03, updated on 21/05/03 (184 review reads)
Advantages: Underground tour is educational, Only full tin mine in Cornwall open to the public, Free entry
Disadvantages: Everything costs, Not all of it works, Less kids things that a few years ago
Having visited Poldark mine for the second time in fourteen years, this time with my Sister and her two young children, I was dissapointed to find the removal of certain childrens attractions including but not limited to the plastic ball play pen. It seems that these childrens facilities have been replaced by a shop selling candles and giftware.
Out in the grounds were the radio controlled boats costing 1 Cornish Penny (or the equivalent of 50 pence) for what seems like a very short time, and my boat was stuck on some wood right from the start. By the time I had freed it, my time was up and I had wasted 50 pence.
There were a few contraptions to see such as old industrial pumps, nicely painted red and green thus destroying the illusion of age. There was an old steam rail engine to stand on for a photograph, some very tatty slides for the children and a broken model racing car circuit. Plenty of little gift shops and a cafe made up the rest of the site except for the biggest money grabbing area of all, the bandits, video games, mini bowls and those 'grab a fluffy doll' cranes that never seem to work. Have you ever noticed how the grab always closes after it has left the bunny's head. Quite honestly, these electronic 'attractions' were the kind of thing that one can play in almost any Cornish high street, at around the same price.
The Cornish Penny issued at Poldark Mine is now worth 50 pence. You insert a pound coin into the cash box and it dispenses two Cornish pennies. Most of the attractions which took these coins cost one Cornish penny (or 50 pence) to play. For a pound sterling, one didn't seem to get much in return. Two goes of something and it was all over. One of these attractions was the failed remote control motor boat referred to earlier.
Since we did not take advantage of the underground tour due to being short of cash (it was the end of the holiday) it wasn't long before we left feeling fle
eced and unimpressed.
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