2019 Volunteer Organised Events

Admission Charge for Special Events
Admission charges shown against each event
Standard event times 12.00 noon - 5.00pm, (unless shown otherwise).

Some events are organised by the Leicester Museums Technology Association in conjunction with Leicester City Museums Service and some events are organised solely by Leicester City Museums Service. All site admission charges go to Leicester City Museums Service. The events listed below are all subject to availability and weather. Due to fire safety issues certain areas of the museum have a restriction as to the number of visitors allowed in at any one time.


Admission charges are shown against each event details.

Parking on the National Space Centre car park is £3.00 per vehicle.
 

Beam Engine Steaming Events

Full guided tour of the Beam Engine House are only available at the 'Steam with the Team' events, including the basement whilst one of the beam engines is running. (The tours are not suitable for children under 10). To download a list of the Beam Engine Steaming days click here. Numbers for guided tours are limited, so please pre-book your ticket in advance to avoid disappointment. Tickets available from all Leicester Museum sites, "Visit Leicester" in Gallowtree Gate or email to aps@leicester.gov.uk to avoid disappointment.

Click here to view "youtube" video of Beam Engines working.


Steam Toys in Action
Sunday 3rd February 2019 12.00 midday - 5.00pm.

Admission Adults £3.00 accompanied children free (Plus small charge for train rides. Parking available on the National Space Centre Car park).

This is our 29th year of this popular event – See our engines in steam and enjoy the many miniature steam engines, boats and trains on display. Leicester’s only narrow gauge railway will be giving rides. Enjoy a hot cuppa and a cake in the LMTA café, a perfect end to a perfect day.

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to weather and also one of the Beam Engines with access to the beam engine ground floor only.

Click here to download an exhibitors application form.


Railway Running Day & Children's Activities.
Tuesday 19th February 2019 11.00am - 4.00pm.

Admission to museum is free with a small charge for train rides and Activities.

On our second railway running day of the New Year, come and take a ride on the Leicester’s only narrow gauge railway and afterwards enjoy a hot cuppa and a cake in the LMTA café, a perfect end to a perfect day.

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to weather. Access also to the beam engine ground floor only (Limited numbers)


Steam with the Team
Saturday 23rd February 2019.

Admission to museum galleries is free but tours of the Beam Engine House are via ticket only costing £5.00 per person (Limited number per tour).

Tours start at 11.00am, 12.00 noon, 2.00pm, 3.00pm, and 4.00pm. See Beam Engine Steaming Events for details on how to pre-book your ticket.

To download a list of the Beam Engine Steaming days & how to book your place. click here.

After your tour why not enjoy a hot cuppa and a cake in the LMTA café.


British Science Week, Railway Running Day.
Saturday 16th March 2019 Midday - 4.00pm
Admission free (Activities cost £2.00 plus a small charge for train rides.)

As part of British Science Week the museum narrow gauge railway will be running and giving rides on the Saturday only.

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to weather. Access also to the beam engine ground floor only (Limited numbers)


Steam with the Team
Saturday 23rd March 2019

Admission to museum galleries is free but tours of the Beam Engine House are via ticket only costing £5.00 per person (Limited number per tour).

After your tour of the beam engines why not enjoy a hot cuppa and a cake in the LMTA café, a perfect end to a perfect day.

Tours start at 11.00am, 12.00 noon, 2.00pm, 3.00pm, and 4.00pm. See Beam Engine Steaming Events for details on how to pre-book your ticket.

To download a list of the Beam Engine Steaming days & how to book your place. click here.


Model Railway Day
Saturday 6th April 2019 11.00am - 4.00pm

Admission to museum is free with a small charge for train rides.

On our first spring railway running day of the year, why not come and take a ride on the Leicester’s only narrow gauge railway and afterwards enjoy a hot cuppa and a cake in the LMTA café, a perfect end to a perfect day.

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to weather. Access to the beam engine ground floor only. (Limited numbers).


Railway Running Day & Children's Activities.
Tuesday 23rd April 2019 11.00am - 4.00pm.

Admission to museum is free with a small charge for train rides and Activities.

Easter school break railway running day, come and take a ride on the Leicester’s only narrow gauge railway and afterwards enjoy a hot cuppa and a cake in the LMTA café, a perfect end to a perfect day.

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to weather. Access also to the beam engine ground floor only (Limited numbers)


Steam with the Team
Saturday 27th April 2019

Admission to museum galleries is free but tours of the Beam Engine House are via ticket only costing £5.00 per person (Limited numbers per tour).

After your tour of the beam engines why not enjoy a hot cuppa and a cake in the LMTA café, a perfect end to a perfect day.

Tours start at 11.00am, 12.00 noon, 2.00pm, 3.00pm, and 4.00pm. See Beam Engine Steaming Events for details on how to pre-book your ticket.

To download a list of the Beam Engine Steaming days & how to book your place. click here.


Emergency Services Day
Sunday 5th May 2019, 12.00 Midday - 5.00pm.
Admission £3.50 Accompanied children free (Small Charge for Train Ride. No onsite parking available. Use the National Space Centre Car park).

Come and meet the people who we rely on to help us in an emergency and see their vehicles from the past and present, have a go with the stirrup pump and have a photograph taken with a fire hose.

Picnic tables and the museum lawns are available so that you can bring your own picnic for a great day out. Refreshments also available in the LMTA café.

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to availability and weather


Railway Running Day & Childrens Activities.
Tuesday 28th May 2019 11.00am - 4.00pm.

Admission to museum is free with a small charge for train rides and Activities.

Half Term school break railway running day, come and take a ride on the Leicester’s only narrow gauge railway and afterwards enjoy a hot cuppa and a cake in the LMTA café, a perfect end to a perfect day.

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to weather. Access also to the beam engine ground floor only (Limited numbers)


Teddy Bears Picnic Railway Day
Saturday 1st June 2019, 11.00am - 4.00pm.
Admission to museum is free with a small charge for Train Ride (Unless you bring your teddy)

Free rides on the railway if you bring your teddy.

Picnic tables and the museum lawns are available so that you can bring your own picnic and teddy for a great day out. Refreshments available from the LMTA café.


Urban Steam Festival.
Saturday 22nd June 1.00pm - 5.00pm, & Sunday 23rd June 2019 12.00 noon - 5.00pm

Admission Adults £3.50 accompanied children free ( No on site parking available. Use the National Space Centre Car park. Small charge for train rides).

Why not come to our annual "Urban Steam Festival" and see demonstrations of rural crafts, steam traction engines, road rollers, vintage vehicles, live music, the craft tent and our magnificent working Gimson beam engines. Access to the beam engine ground floor is limited to a number of visitors at any one time.

Click here to view "you tube" video of live music at the pumper.

The ever popular LMTA café will be serving refreshments throughout the afternoon on both days. Picnic tables are also available within the museum grounds.

Print and Ride Railway Day
Saturday 6th July 2019 11.00am - 4.00pm.
Admission to museum free ( Small charge for train rides )

Do you know how to use a typewriter? Come and have a go and children can print their own railway ticket which they can then use it to ride on our narrow gauge railway and afterwards visit the ever popular LMTA café for some well deserved refreshments.



Railway Gala Day
Saturday 3rd August 2019 11.00am - 4.00pm.
Admission to museum free (Small Charge for Train Ride.) .

Another chance to ride on the only public narrow gauge railway in Leicester, Ride behind our very own Bagnall steam locomotive built in December 1918 for supplying the troops in the WW1 trenches. Help to celebrate its 100th Birthday. View the other site narrow gauge locomotives which will be out on show. Refreshments available at the LMTA café.

Click here to view "you tube" video of Leonard working.

The site narrow gauge railway is running subject to availability


Railway Running Day & Childrens Activities.
Tuesday 13th August 2019 11.00am - 4.00pm.

Admission to museum is free with a small charge for train rides and Activities.

Summer school break railway running day, come and take a ride on the Leicester’s only narrow gauge railway and afterwards enjoy a hot cuppa and a cake in the LMTA café, a perfect end to a perfect day.

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to weather. Access also to the beam engine ground floor only (Limited numbers)


Steam, Sail & Model Engineering Fun Day
Sunday 8th September 2019 12.00noon - 5.00pm
Admission charges: Adult £3.50, Children / Concessions £2.50, Family £8.00
(Plus small charge for train rides. No on site parking available use the National Space Centre Car park )

This is a new venture for the Abbey Pumping Station so come along and see what we have been able to conjure up with our sandpit and sailing pond. View model engineering projects in all scales through to 12 inches to the foot and downwards.



Slot Car Railway Day
Saturday 5th October 2019, 11.00am - 4.00pm.
Admission to museum free (Small charge for train rides).

Come and watch the thrill of slot car racing and maybe have a go yourself. Refreshments available in the LMTA café.

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to weather.


Railway Running Day & Childrens Activities.
Tuesday 15th October 2019 11.00am - 4.00pm.

Admission to museum is free with a small charge for train rides and Activities.

School autumn break railway running day, come and take a ride on the Leicester’s only narrow gauge railway and afterwards enjoy a hot cuppa and a cake in the LMTA café, a perfect end to a perfect day.

Picnic tables and the museum lawns are available (Subject to the weather)so that you can bring your own picnic for a great day out.

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to weather. Access also to the beam engine ground floor only (Limited numbers)


Steam with the Team & Ghostly Engineer plus Other Stories.
Saturday 26th October 2019

Admission to museum galleries is free but tours of the Beam Engine House are via ticket only costing £5.00 per person (Limited numbers per tour).

After your tour of the beam engines why not enjoy a hot cuppa and a cake in the LMTA café, a perfect end to a perfect day.

Day time 'Steam with the Team' tours start at 11.00am, 12.00 noon, 2.00pm, 3.00pm, and 4.00pm. See Beam Engine Steaming Events for details on how to pre-book your ticket.

Evening 'Ghost Stories' tours start at 6.00pm, 7.00pm, 8.00pm and 9.00pm. See Beam Engine Steaming Events for details on how to pre-book your ticket. Come along to the museum and explore the unusual surroundings of the Abbey Pumping Station looking for that friendly ghost.

To download a list of the Beam Engine Steaming days & how to book your place. click here.


Steam with the Team
Saturday 30th November 2019

Admission to museum galleries is free but tours of the Beam Engine House are via ticket only costing £5.00 per person (Limited numbers per tour).

After your tour of the beam engines why not enjoy a hot cuppa and a cake in the LMTA café, a perfect end to a perfect day.

Tours start at 11.00am, 12.00 noon, 2.00pm, 3.00pm, and 4.00pm. See Beam Engine Steaming Events for details on how to pre-book your ticket.

To download a list of the Beam Engine Steaming days & how to book your place. click here.


Christmas Toys and Steam Day
Sunday 8th December 2019 12.00 noon- 5.00pm
Admission Adults £3.50 Children & Concessions £2.50 Family £8.00 (Small charge for train rides. No on site parking available so use the National Space Centre Car park) .

Start the festive season with a visit to the Abbey Pumping Station Museum. Enjoy listening to the Christmas music whilst taking in the festive environment. When the cold starts to bite come into the warmth and enjoy the refreshments in the LMTA café.

Christmas would not be Christmas without a visit to the APS Steam Day!

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to weather.

Further 2020 Events

A full events program for the Abbey Pumping station will be prepared for 2020 and will be released towards the end of the year.
Click here to view "youtube" video of Beam Engines working.


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