Hereford Waterworks Museum is not just a destination for steam and history enthusiasts, it is one of Herefordshire’s leading family attractions, including an award-winning children’s Heritage Water Park. The Museum tells the history of drinking water through working engines and pumps, interactive displays and hands-on activities, and when the engines are in-steam, visitors can experience the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone age.
There's plenty to interest the whole family, and, new for 2019 is free admission for under 16s. Volunteers will be on hand to show the machines and explain how and where they were used.
Richard Curtis, Museum Chairman, says: “ We have 20 family open-days planned for 2019, which will help us to bring the story of the social importance of safe drinking water, and the engineering which enabled this, to a wider audience.”
The first event on Sunday 31 March, sponsored by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, will see the Heritage Water Park open for the new season, along with free admission for disabled visitors and carer.
Museum events for 2019 include:
- Sunday 14 April: Rally of stationary engines on the Museum courtyard
- Saturday 27/Sunday 28 April: Steampunk weekend
- Sunday 12 May: National Mills weekend
- Sunday 28 July: annual Gala Day
- Sunday 29 September: our Heritage Open Day (free admission for all)
- Sunday 13 October: Stirling engine rally
There will be six school holiday events for children – the first of these on Tuesday 19 February (Junk Modelling Day). Other events follow in the Easter Holiday, an event in each half term and two events in the Summer Holiday. There are hands-on exhibits to operate, especially in the Heritage Water Park (our Play ’n’ Learn Zone) - where children of all ages can have fun using life size exhibits to pump, lift, move and filter water.
The Museum is open every Tuesday between 11am and 4pm, and on family in-steam days between 12pm - 4pm, with all engines working from 1pm. In-steam are held on the second and last Sunday of the month and on bank holidays between 31 March and the end of October (excluding 6 May).