Welcome to Leicester

Leicester is a city in the East Midlands that is situated on the River Soar. With a population of over 330,000, the county town of Leicestershire is the 10th largest city in England and holds a historic association with the production of textiles, clothing and shoes. The city is close to the M1 making it easy to get to by road. You can also fly into East Midlands airport or arrive by train. This modern city is diverse in culture and religion, with a history stetching back to the Iron Age and Roman settlement.

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Upcoming Events

7 Sep 2014Seaside Special Steam Day

Leicester’s favourite seaside destination is back by popular request! 
 
Join us for our 6th seaside day at the Abbey Pumping Station. Enjoy the Sun, Sea & Sand once again, bring your swimsuit and join us on the museum’s beach or relax in a deck chair while the children build sand castles.  
 
Enjoy all the sights and sounds of a traditional day at the seaside, complete with fairground rides, without the travelling! Take a trip on our narrow gauge railway or ride on a donkey. Meet up with Punch & Judy and view the museum’s massive working beam engines, then enjoy the refreshments in the ever-popular Beach Cafe outside and the Museum Cafe indoors. As an added bonus, the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust will be running vintage bus passenger services from outside the site. 
 
Abbey Pumping Station Museum. 12.00noon - 5.00pm. Admission: Adults £3.50; Children/Concession £2.50; Family £8.00.
 

20 Sep 2014 - 21 Sep 2014Creator Fair

The National Space Centre is opening the building to showcase makers, builders, designers and crafters, for a weekend dedicated to amazing creativity. Come along to get hands-on with build workshops, opportunities to make something special and ignite your enthusiasm. Step inside and discover a world of science, play and curious technology for all the family. 
 
Find out more on the CREATOR FAIR (http://www.spacecentre.co.uk/special-events/creator-fair) webpage. Image Credit National Space Centre, Leicester.
 

4 Oct 2014Scarecrows Abound Railway Day

Once again, after their hard work guarding the crops, the Scarecrows come to the museum to rest and relax. See how many you can spot, and vote for your favourite. Then travel with us on our railway or follow the autumn trail round the museum. After all this, perhaps have a cool, autumnal picnic or come into the warm to enjoy a cuppa and a cake in our own onsite cafe. 
 
Abbey Pumping Station Museum. 11.00am - 4.30pm. Admission Free.
 

18 Oct 2014 - 2 Nov 2014Spooky Science

Halloween Half Term Holidays will be taking over at the National Space Centre and a team of mad scientists have decided to have so much fun they want you to come along and enjoy it too. See mad science, make slime and discover the frightening side of space. The School of Science Magic - come and join our department heads for lessons in potions, astronomy, and even levitation. 
 
Find out more about our school holiday activities on the SPOOKY SCIENCE (http://www.spacecentre.co.uk/special-events/spooky-science-2014) webpage. Image credit National Space Centre, Leicester.
 

21 Oct 2014Creative Collages and Papercraft

Get recycling and inspired, making your own bright collages. Let your artistic side show and use the materials provided to make your own work of art. Follow the museum’s themed art trail. Refreshments and picnic area available. 
 
Abbey Pumping Station Museum. 11.00am - 3.00pm. Admission Free.
 

27 Oct 2014Ghostly Engineer

Are you brave enough to take the spooky tour in the eerie engine house basement and hear the tragic tale of Robert Richardson, The Ghostly Engineer, while one of the museum’s massive beam engines will be in steam right above your head! Wrap up warm and wear sensible shoes as the basement can be damp and has steep steps.  
 
 
Museum visitors can see the mighty beam engine and tour the museums galleries free of charge, but basement tours must be pre-booked. 
 
Tours not Suitable for children under 10 years. All tickets should be booked for this popular event on 0116 2995111 to avoid disappointment. Warm refreshments available in the café. 
 
Abbey Pumping Station Museum. 7.00pm - 9.30pm. Museum Admission free. Pre-booked Tours £3.00.
 
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