2016 Events

Standard Admission Charge for special Events
Admission Family £8.00, Children / Concessions £2.50 Adults £3.50
Standard event times 1.00pm - 5.00pm, (unless shown otherwise).

Events are organized by the Leicester Museums Technology Association in conjunction with Leicester City Museum Services, with all site admission charges being received by Leicester City Museum Services. All the events listed below are subject to availability and weather.


Standard Admission charges and times apply for all events unless otherwise stated in the event details 

Magnificent Meccano
Sunday 10th January 2016 1.00pm - 5.00pm

Admission Adults £3.00 accompanied children free (Plus small charge for train rides).

Come and enjoy the nation's favorite engineering toy. Try your skills at the "Have-a-go-table" and build your masterpiece. See Hornby trains, Dinky toys and other items from the famous Liverpool factory. Take a ride on the APS narrow gauge railway and visit the LMTA Café for a well earned cuppa and a piece of cake.


Steam Toys in Action
Sunday 7th February 2016 1.00pm - 5.00pm

Admission Adults £3.00 accompanied children free (Plus small charge for train rides).

This is the 26th Year for this ever popular event. The biggest known gathering of toy steam engines in Europe. Hundreds of toy steam engines, boats and trains. See the museum's collection of heritage vehicles also on show and ride the museum's narrow gauge railway and then enjoy some refreshment in the LMTA Café.



Woodland Animals Children's Day
Tuesday 16th February 2016 11.00am - 3.00pm
Admission to museum free (£2.50 for activities & a small charge for train rides)

Refreshments available.

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to weather

Railway Day with Board Games
Saturday 20th February 2016 11.00am - 4.00pm
Admission to museum free ( Small charge for train rides)

Refreshments available.

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to weather

Model Railway Day
Saturday 2nd April 2016, 11.00am - 4.00pm.
Admission to museum is free (Small charge for train rides).

Refreshments available
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The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to weather

Spring Birds Nest's Children's Day
Tuesday 5th April 2016 11.00am - 3.00pm
Admission to museum free ( £2.50 for activities & Small charge for train rides)

Refreshments available.

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to weather

Emergency Vehicles Railway Day
Saturday 7th May 2016, 11.00am - 4.00pm.
Admission to museum free (Small charge for train rides).

Where would we be without the amazing work of the emergency services? Come and meet the Fire Brigade, Police, Ambulance and other emergency services that help us in our hour of need. Vehicles from the past and present subject to availability. You can also take a ride on the museum’s site railway and see the museum's very own 1950's fire engine in operation. Refreshments and picnic tables available

Rockets & Space Children's Day
Tuesday 31st May 2016, 11.00am - 3.00pm.
Admission to museum free ( £2.50 for activities & Small Charge for Train Ride )

Refreshments available in the LMTA café, or enjoy your own picnic outside on the tables provided

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to weather


Teddy Bears Picnic Railway Day
Saturday 4th June 2016, 11.00am - 4.00pm.
Admission Free ( Small Charge for Train Ride )

Free rides on the railway if you bring your teddy.

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


Leicester's Vintage Festival
Saturday 25th June 2016, 1.00pm - 5.00pm &
Sunday 26th June 2016. 12.00noon - 5.00pm.

Admission Adults £3.50 accompanied children free (Plus small charge for train rides).

This two day event celebrates our past: with the sights and sounds of steam, vintage vehicles, 1970’s theme and live music. Visit the craft marquee or ride on the narrow gauge railway, come along in fancy dress, Victorian, Steam punk or Star Wars.

Three of the mighty Gimson beam engines will be steamed together each afternoon at 3.30pm. This is the only place in the world where such a wonder can be seen.

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

Railway Gala Day
Saturday 2nd July 2016 11.00am - 4.00pm.
Admission to museum free ( Small charge for train rides )

The ever popular LMTA café will be serving refreshments.
The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to availability


Children's Sports & Games Day
Tuesday 2nd August 2016, 11.00am - 4.00pm
Admission to museum free (Small charge for train rides).

The LMTA café will be serving refreshments and out door picnic tables are available in the museum grounds.


Railway Day
Saturday 6th August 2016 11.00am - 4.00pm.
Admission to museum free (Small charge for train rides) .

Refreshments available.

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to availability


Seaside Special Steam Day
Sunday 4th September 2016 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Standard Admission charges apply
(Plus small charge for train rides, fairground and donkey rides)
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This is our 8th Seaside Day at the museum. Enjoy the Sun, Sea and Sand once again, relax in a deck chair or bring along your swimsuit join us on the museum’s beach, while the children build sand castles and waterways. Experience all the sights and sounds of a traditional day at the seaside, with Punch and Judy, without the traveling! Take a trip on our narrow gauge railway or ride on a donkey. The museums massive beam engines will be running.

Enjoy refreshments from the beach café or at the indoor café.

As an added bonus, the Leicester transport Heritage Trust will be running vintage bus services from outside the museum. Click here to visit the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust web site


Scarecrows Abound Railway Day
Saturday 1st October 2016, 11.00am - 4.00pm.
Admission to museum free (Plus small charge for Railway Rides).

Refreshments available also picnic tables in the grounds.


Getting Ready for Christmas Children's Day
Tuesday 18th October 2016, 11.00am - 3.00pm.
Admission to museum free (£2.50 for activities and small charge for train rides).

Refreshments available in the LMTA café

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to weather


Ghostly Engineer
Monday 31st October 2016 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Museum Admission Free. Pre-booked Tours: £3.00
(Tours not suitable for children under 10 years)
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Are you brave enough to take the spooky tour of the eerie engine house basement and hear the tragic tale of Robert Richardson, the Ghostly Engineer, while one of the museum's massive beam engines will be in steam right above your head! Wrap up warm and wear sensible shoes as the basement can be damp and has steep steps. Refreshments available in the LMTA café

All tickets should be pre-booked for this popular event on 0116 299 5111 or email operations@abbeypumpingstation.org to avoid disappointment.


Christmas Toys and Steam Day
Sunday 4th December 2016 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Standard Admission charges apply (Small charge for train rides) .

Join us once again for the start of the Festive Season's Fun - listen to the live band play your favorite Christmas tunes. One of the mighty beam engines will be running and marvel at the collection of toys from Christmas past, take a ride on the train and listen to the jolly fairground organ play. The museum's collection of vintage vehicles will also be on display. 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!


Magnificent Meccano
Sunday 15th January 2017 1.00pm - 5.00pm

Admission Adults £3.00 accompanied children free (Plus small charge for train rides).

Meccano day is a favorite with all our visitors, young and old – come along to the ‘have-a-go’ table and try your hand at building a masterpiece with this favorite technological toy! See Hornby trains, Dinky Toys and other items from the famous Liverpool factory. Take a train ride on the APS narrow gauge railway. Refreshments available


Steam Toys in Action
Sunday 5th February 2017 1.00pm - 5.00pm

Admission Adults £3.00 accompanied children free (Plus small charge for train rides).

This will be our 27th year of this popular event – the biggest gathering of steam toys in Europe. 100’s of toy steam engines, boats and trains will be on display. See the museum’s collection of heritage vehicles on show. 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.


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