Opening Dates, Times & Admissions

Steam Events

The pumping station will be in steam on the dates below. Tickets can be bought online AND from the museum shop on the day of your visit. Tickets will become available usually two weeks before the event is scheduled to take place. Please note that it is cheaper to buy your tickets on line.

2022 Steaming Dates & Times

Classic Motorcycles - - flyer:

28th/29th Aug

10:30am – 4pm

Vintage Steam

17th/18th Sept

10:30am – 4pm


15th/16th Oct

10:30am – 4pm

Christmas Market

10th/11th Dec

10:30am – 4pm

Other Special Events

The pumping station will be host to a number of additional special events this year which will take place either on a Saturday or Sunday. Admission is £5 per person and U12s go free (Please be aware that the James Watt engines won’t be in steam at these events and admission tickets will only be available at the gate).

Robey winding engine centenary celebrations (with mining displays & Robey engine in steam) - flyer:

19th June

11:00am – 3pm

Remote Controlled Models Day (an informal gathering of various R/C models. There is no charge for this event)

24th July

11:00am – 3pm

Gaussfest Tesla Coils & Halloween (a demonstration of tesla coils and other high voltage equipment, sparking into the night)

29th Oct

11:00am – 7pm

Steam Event admission prices

includes unlimited 12-month entry:

Admission tickets can be purchased online or at the gate (debit or credit card payment preferred). All admissions include a 12-month annual pass so you can return as many times as you like within 12 months of purchase. Annual passes are collected from the museum on the day of your visit.



At Gate


£11.37 inc booking fee


Senior (65+)

£9.75 inc booking fee



£9.75 inc booking fee


Young person (12+)

£9.75 inc booking fee


Child (u12)



If possible, please buy your tickets online as it helps reduce the admin work for the Front of House volunteers and speeds up your entry!

* All full priced Steam Day tickets provide unlimited entry within twelve months of purchase (return is subject to when we are open). If you are a UK tax payer you will also be asked to consider completing a Gift Aid form which will mean the Government giving an extra 25p to the Pumping Station for every £1 of your admission. For terms & conditions of the 12 month ticket click here.

Non-Steaming Open Days

When not in steam the pumping station and grounds are open on Wednesdays & Sundays, 11am-3pm (last admission at 2pm), April 1st – October 31st.

Entrance to the grounds on non-steaming Sundays is free. Admission into the pumping station itself, which includes a guided tour, is currently £4.00 per person. Children under 12 years of age go free.

Please be aware that the pumping station is not open to the public at other times except for pre-booked groups (of 15 or more people), site hires and wedding ceremonies.

Underground Reservoir Tours

Underground reservoir tours take place at steam events only. Tours cost an additional £3.00 per person and £1 per child (U16) and are bought on the day from the tour hut located at the top of the main drive.

NOTICE: Be aware that you must be moderately fit to go on the tour. The journey to the reservoir is via a converted trailer and there are two flights of stairs into and out of the reservoir. Depending on current Covid regulations you may also be required to wear a face covering.

Discount arrangements

Severn Trent Water employees are entitled to free entry to steam events. Please present your ID at the till upon arrival.

Unpaid carers who need to accompany the person they care for when they visit the pumping station are entitled to free entry on presentation of a Carer Passports, Carer Emergency Cards, Carers Discount Cards or an NHS letter confirming you are the person’s official carer. Please note that the person you care for will need to pay admission.

Access Arrangements

The majority of the site is accessible for all but due to the historical nature of the Engine House access is via a small flight of steps leading to the porch and main door; there are also internal stairs for reaching the upper floors. If you are thinking of visiting us please click here to view our Accessibility Guide.

Code of Practise

The Pumping Station abides by Visit Britain’s National Code of Practice for Visitor Attractions. To view the code, click here:

Our address

Papplewick Pumping Station
Rigg Lane
NG15 9AJ

Grid reference: SK584522

Map to help you get to Papplewick Pumping Station / Layout of the grounds at Papplewick Pumping Station