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Family fun day marks museum’s 50th anniversary

Published on Wednesday, August 16, 2023

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Steam train ride at Abbey Pumping Station

LEICESTER’S Abbey Pumping Station Museum is welcoming visitors of all ages with a family fun day taking place this weekend.

The event, on Sunday, August 20, will see the pumping station’s majestic beam engines in steam, while steam locomotive train Leonard will be taking visitors on rides around the site.

A cocktail bar, refreshment stall and a café will be available throughout the fun day, which runs from 12noon to 4.30pm. Tickets cost £4 per adult with accompanied children under 16 going free.

Kinder Falconry will be putting on a display of impressive flying raptors, vintage vehicles and tractors will on show, along with the museum’s traditional historic mobile chip van.

Other activities include skittles, coconut shy, hook a duck, a tombola and “splat the rat.”

It is part of events taking place throughout 2023 celebrating the museum’s 50th anniversary.

Abbey Pumping Station Museum is home to collections of industrial, technological and scientific items relating to Leicester. It has four working examples of huge beam engines from Victorian times, as well as a range of vintage vehicles and items from the city’s industrial past.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “Abbey Pumping Station Museum is a much-loved part of the city’s heritage, bringing alive history and industry in a fun, hands-on way.

“Over the last 50 years, the team of dedicated volunteers has worked hard to host regular family-friendly events which give people a chance to explore the city’s fascinating technological and industrial past.”

For details of all activities visit the Leicester’s museums website here