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Action-packed day out at Abbey Pumping Station

A vintage fire engine from Leicester Museums' collection

A FUN, action-packed day out is on offer at Abbey Pumping Station this weekend, as the museum hosts an emergency services-themed family fun day.

An array of vehicles will be on display in the grounds, including Leicester Museums’ vintage collection of historic fire engines. There will be demonstrations of working emergency vehicles and the chance to meet crews and learn about their life-saving work.

Visitors to the event, on Sunday 12 May, will also be able to see a majestic steam-powered Gimson beam engine in action – the Victorians’ solution to keeping clean water flowing in a growing city. And children can enjoy face-painting, a kids’ dress-up zone and the chance to take a ride on a steam locomotive (50p for rides). The gardening team will be teaching children about veg planting and explaining how the Victorians at Abbey Pumping Station grew steam-powered tomatoes!

Food and drink will be available, including from a vintage coal-fired chip van.

If you book online, tickets for the day cost £6 for adults, £5 concessions and £2 for children aged five to 15, with under-fives going free. A family ticket (two adults and two children) is £15. Tickets will also be available on the door – cash only – priced at £7 for adults, £6 concessions, £3 for children and £18 for a family. Visitors who require assistance to attend the event can apply for a free companion ticket by emailing or calling 0116 299 5111.

The event runs from 12pm-4.30pm on Sunday. Book tickets at

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