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Clay Mills Steaming Day

Clay Mills Steaming Day

Britian’s most complete Victorian Pumping Station, in Burton upon Trent and step back in their museum or enjoy guided tour.

Steaming Days 10:00am – 5:00pm (Last admission 4:00pm)

February:                                                                        17th & 18th

Easter: March / April                                                    31st & 1st

Early May Bank Holiday: May                                    5th & 6th

Spring Bank Holiday: May                                           26th & 27th

Summer Bank Holiday:   August                                 25th & 26th

September: September                                               28th & 29th

October:                                                                          26th & 27th

 

Open Days (Non steaming days) 10:00am – 5:00pm (Last admission 4:00pm)

Model Steam Engines:                                                 15th & 16th June

Model Railway & Engineering Exhibition:               13th & 14th July

Land Rover Day:                                                            11th August

Heritage Open Days:                                                    7th & 14th September

 

The Museum is also open for static viewing
• Thursdays (10:00am – 4:00pm)
• Saturdays (10:00am – 4:00pm)

 

Steaming Days

People sometimes wonder what’s the difference between a Steaming Weekend, and static viewing?

Static viewing you can do any time our double gates are open; we’ll be happy to welcome you, let you wander round or give you a guided tour, but you won’t see the thing that makes Claymills come alive; the engines working.

We raise steam 7 times a year; if there’s a Bank Holiday, our weekend is Sunday and Monday, if not, plain old Saturday and Sunday. It takes 3 days of hard work by the boiler men and £1,000 worth of coal per day to raise that steam in our 30ft Lancashire boilers – they’ve been known to appreciate visitors taking a hand at stoking!

The steam drives our Victorian workshop, all 4 five-storey-high beam engines that used to pump all the sewage and brewery waste away from Burton, (don’t worry, we don’t do that anymore,) more than 20 other smaller ancillary stationary engines, our working dynamos, (the oldest in the country,) and even heats the water in our Victorian bath-house.

Whilst the boiler men are raising steam, the front of house team are preparing the children’s activities, welcoming visiting exhibitors, and making sure that our Stoker’s Rest café is well stocked with snacks and cakes.

You can stop for a cuppa and get a light meal before (or after) walking around the site taking in the sights, sounds and smells, (hissing steam, hot oil, our Whispering Giant beam engines,) and talking to our very knowledgeable volunteers, who, of course, are the ones who bring the place to life at a steaming.

 

Guided tours

Let our expert knowledgeable guides tell you all about the station, answer your questions and take you to a couple of special off-limits locations.

On Steaming Days: 11:00am & 1:30pm – meet at the Gatehouse

Non-steaming days: 11:00am & 1:00pm – meet in the Stokers Rest Café

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Clay Mills Steaming Day

Claymills Victorian Pumping Station

Meadow Lane
Burton upon Trent
DE13 0DA

Dates & Times:

25/08/2024 - 26/08/2024 - 10:00 - 17:00

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Britian’s most complete Victorian Pumping Station, in Burton upon Trent and step back in their museum or enjoy guided tour.

Steaming Days 10:00am – 5:00pm (Last admission 4:00pm)

February:                                                                        17th & 18th

Easter: March / April                                                    31st & 1st

Early May Bank Holiday: May                                    5th & 6th

Spring Bank Holiday: May                                           26th & 27th

Summer Bank Holiday:   August                                 25th & 26th

September: September                                               28th & 29th

October:                                                                          26th & 27th

 

Open Days (Non steaming days) 10:00am – 5:00pm (Last admission 4:00pm)

Model Steam Engines:                                                 15th & 16th June

Model Railway & Engineering Exhibition:               13th & 14th July

Land Rover Day:                                                            11th August

Heritage Open Days:                                                    7th & 14th September

 

The Museum is also open for static viewing
• Thursdays (10:00am – 4:00pm)
• Saturdays (10:00am – 4:00pm)

 

Steaming Days

People sometimes wonder what’s the difference between a Steaming Weekend, and static viewing?

Static viewing you can do any time our double gates are open; we’ll be happy to welcome you, let you wander round or give you a guided tour, but you won’t see the thing that makes Claymills come alive; the engines working.

We raise steam 7 times a year; if there’s a Bank Holiday, our weekend is Sunday and Monday, if not, plain old Saturday and Sunday. It takes 3 days of hard work by the boiler men and £1,000 worth of coal per day to raise that steam in our 30ft Lancashire boilers – they’ve been known to appreciate visitors taking a hand at stoking!

The steam drives our Victorian workshop, all 4 five-storey-high beam engines that used to pump all the sewage and brewery waste away from Burton, (don’t worry, we don’t do that anymore,) more than 20 other smaller ancillary stationary engines, our working dynamos, (the oldest in the country,) and even heats the water in our Victorian bath-house.

Whilst the boiler men are raising steam, the front of house team are preparing the children’s activities, welcoming visiting exhibitors, and making sure that our Stoker’s Rest café is well stocked with snacks and cakes.

You can stop for a cuppa and get a light meal before (or after) walking around the site taking in the sights, sounds and smells, (hissing steam, hot oil, our Whispering Giant beam engines,) and talking to our very knowledgeable volunteers, who, of course, are the ones who bring the place to life at a steaming.

 

Guided tours

Let our expert knowledgeable guides tell you all about the station, answer your questions and take you to a couple of special off-limits locations.

On Steaming Days: 11:00am & 1:30pm – meet at the Gatehouse

Non-steaming days: 11:00am & 1:00pm – meet in the Stokers Rest Café

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