2017 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).

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 subject to availability and weather. Due to health and safety issues certain areas of the museum have a restriction as to the number of visitors allowed in at a time.


Standard Admission charges and times apply for all events unless otherwise stated in the event details.
Parking on the National Space Centre car park is £3.00 per vehicle.
 

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 favourite with all our visitors, young and old - come to the "Have-a-go-table" and try your hand at building a masterpiece with this favourite technology toy! 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 5th February 2017 1.00pm - 5.00pm

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

This is the 27th Year for this ever popular event, the biggest known gathering of toy steam engines in Europe with hundreds of toy steam engines, boats and trains on display. 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.


Picking up Steam Week
Monday 13th & Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th February 2017 11.00am - 4.00pm
Admission to museum free (£1.50 for activity bag)

Join us for our re-opening event. Self guided activities packs will be available to purchase and our activity room is open for you to spend as little or as long as you like creating your own masterpiece.



Crafty Cars
Tuesday 14th February 2017 11.00am - 4.00pm
Admission to museum free ( £2.50 for activities & Small charge for train rides )

Toot toot, we're celebrating the return home of a Leicester built car with lots of crafts and a special 'car' themed trail through the museum.

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to weather

Steam with the Team: Tours of the Beam Engine House whilst the Engines are in Steam
Saturday 4th March 2017, 12.00 noon - 4.00pm.
£2.50 for museum tour ( Tickets available in advance from all Leicester Museum sites & Visit Leicester in Gallowtree Gate).

Take a timed tour of the magnificent Beam Engine House including areas usually inaccessible to visitors whilst one of our Beam Engines is in steam. Please wear sensible footwear as the basement can be damp and has steep steps
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No onsite parking available. Please use the National Space Centre car park

British Science Week of Activities
Saturday 11th March 2017 11.00am - 3.00pm
Admission £2.50 ( No on site parking available. Please use the National Space Centre Car park)

This year 'British Science Week' is all about 'Change'. Join us for a day of activities thinking about and investigating changes happening to the world around us: from seasons and climate to materials and energy.



Model Railways & Craft Activities Day
Saturday 1st April 2017, 11.00am - 4.00pm.
Admission to museum free (£2.50 for activities plus a small charge for train rides. No on site parking available. Use the National Space Centre Car park).

Railway layouts in the marquee and railway inspired crafts. Refreshments and picnic tables available

Edible Engineering
Tuesday 18th April 2017, 11.00am - 3.00pm.
Admission to museum free ( £2.50 for activities & Small Charge for Train Ride. No onsite parking available. Use the National Space Centre Car park )

Fun with food: make soup engines to take home, build bridges with spaghetti and marshmallows. 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 availability and weather


Blue Lights Day
Saturday 29th April 2017, 11.00am - 4.00pm.
Admission Free ( Small Charge for Train Ride )

Railway running day with the Emergency Services.

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


Museums at Night: One Night, 2 sites & 4 tours
Saturday 20th May 2017, 7.00pm - 10.30pm.
£3.50 per person ( Tickets available in advance from all Leicester Museum sites & Visit Leicester in Gallowtree Gate. Pre-book to avoid disappointment).

Take a tour of the Abbey Pumping Station with an early 20th Century worker and discover what it was like to work here. Then join our "Walk" for a guided tour along the river towards Belgrave Hall for a tour of the hall with one of its former residents before rejoining your guide for the return walk to the Abbey Pumping Station.

This is a joint Belgrave Hall and Abbey Pumping Station Museum event.


Alice in Wonderland Craft Day
Tuesday 30th May 2017, 11.00am - 3.00pm.
Admission to museum free ( £2.50 for activities & Small Charge for Train Ride. )

Alice inspired crafts, games and Trails

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


Teddy Bears Picnic Railway Day
Saturday 3rd June 2017, 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 museum lawns are available so that you can bring your own picnic and teddy for a great day out. Refreshments available.


BBC Antiques RoadShow
Thursday 15th June 2017


We're delighted to share the exciting news that the Antiques Roadshow will be visiting The Abbey Pumping Station on Thursday 15 June 2017 as part of their 40th series of the program !

Click here to download the BBC Press release

Click here to visit the BBC Antiques Road Show web site for more details.


Leicester's Vintage Festival
Saturday 24th June 2017, 1.00pm - 5.00pm &
Sunday 25th June 2017. 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).

The return of our popular event featuring steam traction engines, road rollers, vintage vehicles, live music and the craft tent.

Witness the mighty Gimson beam engines in steam

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 1st July 2017 11.00am - 4.00pm.
Admission to museum free ( Small charge for train rides )

Make and Print your own railway ticket then use it to ride on our narrow gauge railway and afterwards visit the ever popular LMTA café for some well deserved refreshments.



All the fun of the fair
Tuesday 18th July 2017 11.00am - 3.00pm.
Admission to museum free (Small charge for train rides) .

Come along and make your own model of a moving fairground ride. Refreshments available.

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to availability


Victorian Faeries
Tuesday 25th July 2017 11.00am - 3.00pm.
Admission to museum free (£2.50 for Activities & Small Charge for Train Ride.) .

Come along to the Abbey Pumping Station for faerie craft, games and trails. Refreshments available.

The site narrow gauge railway will be running subject to availability


Steam Stories
Tuesday 1st August 2017 11.00am - 3.00pm.
Admission to museum free (£2.50 for activities.) .

All aboard for story time, so grab a pencil and enjoy a day of story writing, book binding and a character themed museum trail.


Pump Car Railway Gala Day
Saturday 5th August 2017, 11.00am - 3.000pm.
Admission to museum free ( Small charge for train rides. No on site parking available. Use the National Space Centre Car park. ).

Come and see our display of "People Powered" railway locos.


Steam Punk Crafts
Tuesday 8th August 2017, 11.00am - 3.000pm.
Admission to museum free ( Small charge for train rides. No on site parking available use the National Space Centre Car park. ).

Get dressed up and ready to make "Steam Punk" accessories and take a selfie among the steam engines.


Up, Up and Away
Tuesday 15th August 2017, 11.00am - 3.000pm.
Admission to museum free ( £2.50 for Activities. ).

Hot air balloon and model plane making.

 


Heritage Open Day Tours
Saturday 9th September 2017, 11.00am, 1.00pm & 3.00pm.
Admission to museum free ( £2.00 for museum tour. No on site parking available use the National Space Centre Car park ).

Tour our impressive Beam Engine house and see the massive beam engines as they await their next working session.

This is a limited ticket event, please pre-book to avoid disappointment. Tickets available in advance from all Leicester Museum sites & Visit Leicester in Gallowtree Gate.

Seaside Fun Day
Sunday 10th September 2017 12.00noon - 5.00pm
Standard Admission charges apply
(Plus small charge for train rides, fairground and donkey rides. No on site parking available use the National Space Centre Car park )
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This is our 9th Seaside Day at the museum, so enjoy the Sun, Sea and Sand once again, relax in a deck chair or bring along your swimsuit and join us on the museum’s beach, while the children build sand castles and waterways before the autumn is upon us. Experience all the sights and sounds of a traditional day at the seaside without the travelling but don't forget to take a trip on our narrow gauge railway.

Enjoy some refreshments from the beach or the indoor cafeterias.


Autumn Railway Day
Saturday 7th October 2017, 11.00am - 4.00pm.
Admission to museum free (Plus small charge for Railway Rides).

Refreshments available also picnic tables in the grounds.


Halloween Children's Day
Tuesday 17th October 2017, 11.00am - 3.00pm.
Admission to museum free (£2.50 for activities & small charge for train rides).

Halloween crafts, traditions and trails around the museum. Refreshments available in the LMTA café.

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


Museums at Night: the Ghostly Engineer and other Stories
Saturday 28th October 2017 7.00pm - 10.30pm
Museum Admission £3.50 ( Tickets available in advance from all Leicester Museum sites & Visit Leicester in Gallowtree Gate. Pre book to avoid disappointment. Tours not suitable for children under 10 years) .

Come along to an evening of chilling story telling in our engine house. Discover the Ghostly Engineer and other tales whilst one of the mighty beam engines turn above your head or below your feet. Wrap up warm and wear sensible shoes as the basement can be damp and has steep steps. Refreshments available in the LMTA café.

To avoid disappointment all tickets should be pre-booked for this popular event at any Leicester City Museum site, Visit Leicester in Gallowtree Gate or by telephoning 0116 299 5111, or email to operations@abbeypumpingstation.org


Coming in November, The Alternative Wedding Fair
Date and Time to be advised later

New to the Abbey Pumping Station and the National Space Centre a niche wedding fair for lovers of all things steam punk. Explore the unusual surroundings of the Abbey Pumping Station and the National Space Centre for that special day in your life.

This is a new venture which we will be running in partnership with the National Space Centre.


Christmas Toys and Steam Day
Sunday 3rd December 2017 1.00pm - 5.00pm
Standard Admission charges apply (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!


Steam Toys in Action
Sunday 4th February 2018 1.00pm - 5.00pm

Admission Adults £3.00 accompanied children free (Plus small charge for train rides. No on site parking available so use the National Space Centre Car park).

This will be our 28th 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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