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The International Mining Games come to Cornwall!

March 28, 2018 at 09:00 - April 1, 2018 at 17:00

The International Mining Games come to Cornwall!

This unique 3 day event held at King Edward Mine is open to the Public over the Easter weekend Thursday 28th March – Sunday 1st April 2018

The Camborne School of Mines (CSM) is proud to host the 40th International Mining Games at the King Edward Mine, Camborne, Cornwall.
The International Mining Games sees 50 student teams from Mining Schools across the world (Including Australia, America, Canada, Brazil and European countries) to compete in 7 events of traditional mining methods in order to commemorate those who have lost their lives in industry and preserve those traditional methods for many years to come.
Part of the University of Exeter, Camborne School of Mines offers the only remaining Mining Engineering degree in the United Kingdom. Camborne School of Mines has been producing Mining Engineers for nearly 130 years. As the only British teams competing, the student teams are known to our competitors as “Team Great Britain”. You can follow the CSM UK teams and find more information about their sponsors here.

Competition Schedule

The International Mining Games promises an exciting display of teamwork, skill and excitement. The events are open to the public and showcase the traditional mining methods. Fun for all ages!

Full details and free public tickets available at Eventbrite

Thursday 28th March Day 1 – Training Day

A day full of excitement, banter and cheer as all 50 competiting teams from across the world meet and practice the events. It is a chance for teams to see who their likely rivals will be, test unfamiliar equipment and iron out any last minute issues. You can expect a lot of shouting and see the International teams up close.

Friday 29th March Day 2 – Women’s, Mixed (Co-ed) and Alumni Teams Competition & Men’s Survey

The first main day of competition that sees the Womens, Mixed (Co-ed) and Alumni Teams compete across the 7 events whilst the Men’s teams complete in the Survey event.

Saturday 30th March Day 3 – Men’s Competition & Women’s, Mixed (Co-ed) and Alumni Teams Survey

The final day of competition ends with 15+ Men’s teams competing for the top places in the 7 events. The Women’s, Mixed (Co-ed) and Alumni teams will be competing in the Survey event. Last year, timings were so close and it was a very high standard. We are expecting a very close competition again as International Mining Schools send their elite teams to represent. You can expect a lot of excitement, cheering and camaraderie. A fantastic end to the competition.

Sunday 1st April – The Man Engine Awards Ceremony

The Man Engine is the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Great Britain and will be starting his Resurrection tour from Heartlands, Camborne, Cornwall. The Man Engine will be providing the winning teams with their trophies at the start of his ‘Afternooner’ tour. Tickets will be available online.

The 7 Competition Events

The International Mining Games is an annual competition contested by mining schools from across the globe, competing in seven events based on traditional mining techniques. Teams of six from each school go head to head in Swede Saw, Jackleg Drilling, Hand-Steeling, Gold Panning, Track Stand, Mucking and Surveying, with medals being awarded to the top three teams in each individual event as well as for the overall winners.


March 28, 2018 at 09:00
April 1, 2018 at 17:00