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  Cars and Coffee Meet Fourth Sunday in each month 9am to 1pm Come along and join our monthly enthusiasts meet. Bring along your classic or modern vehicles together with anything of interest Steam Pump Tea Room open serving breakfasts, hot/cold food, home make cakes and refreshments Unless shown below otherwise the Miniature steam train will NOT be runniing for train rides and “Marshall” the Lilleshall pumping engine will NOT be running, other oil / diesel engines will be running

The Society was formed in 1994 with the purpose of restoring the triple expansion steam pumping engines that remained on the Brede site. Two Tangye engines with their ram pumps and well pumps were installed as part of the original Waterworks concept in 1904. They were joined in 1940 by a third pump manufactured by Worthington Simpson as part of the Darwell Reservoir Project and all three units operated until the end of steam in 1964. Sadly one of the original Tangye pumps was broken up in 1969 but it is very fortunate that the two other examples remain largely intact.Over the years other examples of water pumping engines have been saved and brought to Brede for restoration and display. Acting as a non-profit-making company and a registered charity, the Society’s declared aims are to restore and operate heritage water pumping artefacts from the water industry and to educate the public in the technologies associated with the water pumps and the role they play in bringing safe drinking water to the home. We operate the pumps throughout each open-day. Our Guides will be on hand to tell the story of how the water was drawn from the large wells penetrating […]

This long running established Toy Collectors Fair, started as an Autojumble and Collectors Fair on the 8th November 1980. A previous Autojumble Event had closed on the 7th of May 1979, which had taken place in the Agricultural Hall area of the Maidstone Market. At this period of time, this was a vibrant Cattle, Poultry, Fruit and Vegetable General County Town Market. The success of this Autojumble encouraged the then organisers to arrange another Autojumble for the Saturday 24th October 1981, followed by another booked for the October 1982. During the 1981 event, Jim Mills a trader in Collectable Toys suggested that a Swapmeet was set up. (Toy Fairs were originally Swapmeets, where individuals swapped around items within collections, unlike Toy Fairs which became regular stallholders and dealers) Information on a vacated date was booked for the Saturday 28th February 1982 titled “The Mid Kent Toy Collectors Fair” with following additional dates. The Autojumble section was dropped through lack of support although the Toy Fair continued to trade in the Victorian Agricultural Hall until 1998 when the event moved into the new Market Hall after a major rebuild and redevelopment of the Market area. After 23 years the long standing […]

Join the Coldharbour Steam team when they fire the Lancashire Boiler and bring to life their steam collection to life. in steam will be the Pollitt and Wigzell mill engine, a Brotherhood Beam Engine as well as an original waterwheel. The heritage heritage looms and spinning machines will also be running in this beautifully preserved Working Wool Museum. Visit our website for more information and pricing information  www.coldharbourmill.org.uk Coldharbour Mill Uffculme Cullompton Devon EX15 3EE

The Visitor Centre on Gillingham Pier, and the ship herself will be open on Saturdays as usual in 2017 from 11th February (half term holiday) until 16th December. Normal opening times will be 11am to 4pm with last admissions strictly at 3pm. We now have all 4 of the ship’s public spaces accessible to visitors and, of course, you can view the great engine and visualise how it would have looked and sounded as it powered the ship through the water. The large upper aft saloon is being prepared for private hire for meetings, celebrations and parties and will be available from the spring onwards. The forward saloon hosts a coffee shop. The lower forward saloon is a cinema room with films about the ship and the lower aft saloon will be used for various displays and exhibitions including our “Memories of Dunkirk” which will run from 27th May through to mid-August. Knowledgeable guides are always on hand to answer your questions and point out items of interest. Disabled access to the ship may be restricted by the tides and below decks requires the use of short flights of stairs, but no ladders. Toilets are available on shore and Visitor […]

Our regular public open afternoons are popular with families and entrance is free. Opening times 2pm-5pm Train rides are available on both our ground level and raised tracks.Tickets are £1.50 each or £5 for five. You can keep unused tickets for travel on a later date. Our outdoor “garden” railways will be running, as will our OO gauge railway in the clubhouse. Light refreshments are available. The profits from the sale of railway tickets on our Charity Day are used to support a local charity. In recent years this has been Disability Challengers, who are our neighbours in Stoke Park. All our public events are held at our Stoke Park site. We don’t offer pre-booking; just turn up on the day. Refreshments. Free parking.

Visit Santa is his unique 1953 vintage bus grotto. Free vintage bus rides and games too!

Oxford’s Annual Vintage Transport Festival includes a static display of preserved buses, coaches, cars and commercials, plus frequent free vintage bus trips throughout the day.

Enjoy an evening of pure transport nostalgia travelling aboard vintage buses around Oxford city!

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