News from Papplewick Pumping Station

Underground reservoir tours

The reservoir bus is currently undergoing an engine change which means it will not be available to drive visitors up to the underground reservoir for the Easter steam weekend. We will however be walking groups up to the reservoir for those that still wish to go on a tour. Tours will start from 11.30am and then every 45 minutes until 4pm. Please be aware that the walk is approximately ¾ of a mile up a track and unfortunately will not be suitable for everyone due to the incline and nature of the surface. We hope to have the bus repaired as soon as possible for our future steam events this year. Thank you for your patience.

Reservoir tours will recommence at the April 1st/2nd steam event. Please note our new charges for reservoir tours are £3 per Adult, FREE for Children up to 16.

Nottingham Gaussfest, March 17th 2018, 10am-4pm

Papplewick Pumping Station is proud to be the host to Nottingham Gaussfest 18 on March 17th, 10am-4pm. Gaussfest is an informal meeting of people interested in building High Voltage equipment teslacoils, high voltage multipliers, van de graaff’s, wimshurst machines, violet ray machines, induction coils. Such devices will be demonstrated, experimented and tested during the day inside the Engine and Boiler Houses and the event is open to visitors and anyone interested or curious in high voltage or building/repairing high voltage equipment. An entrance fee of £5.00 applies for all adults, children go free.
The Pumping Station, grounds and tea room will also be open during the day.

If you are interested in exhibiting please send an email to

For further information about the event please visit the Extreme Electronics website:

Nottingham Gaussfest

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