Our next Open Day:
Sunday 2nd August: Summer Open Day
11am – 4pm
Step back in time when you visit our Edwardian Waterworks!
Twyford first started pumping water over 100 years ago, during the Edwardian era. Our next Open Day will commemorate those days, looking back to the times when everything was worked by steam, and looking forward as well to next year when our boiler and steam pumping engine will be working again.
We all rely on a steady supply of good water but few of us consider how it arrives at our homes or businesses; we take it for granted that water will flow when we open our taps. It was only a hundred years ago that piped water became universally available to the larger towns and villages as pumping stations such as Twyford were built.
Visitors on Sunday 2nd August will be able to explore the Waterworks at their leisure or join one of the free guided tours that will run throughout the day. On display will be one of the original steam pumping engines, currently undergoing restoration, along with diesel, gas and water powered engines at work. The industrial narrow gauge railway will also be in operation and the majority of volunteers will be dressed in Edwardian clothes!
Plenty to see and do!
Join in the fun by coming along dressed in Edwardian attire and we’ll give you free admission!
Enjoy an informative stroll around our Waterworks with everything fully open, restored machinery in operation and meet our volunteers who will be on hand to explain how it all used to work.
Learn all about the progress we are making to restore our boilers and steam pumping engine! Work on restoring one of our boilers has now commenced, and we plan to be back in steam for 2016.
Join a free guided tour to find out all about the waterworks, and how it’s developed over the last 100 years.
Discover the lime kilns up above the main works, where you can also watch the industrial narrow gauge railway at work. Follow our nature trail around the site and see what you can spot!
Relax in our renowned Tea Room, offering a wide range of hot & cold drinks, sandwiches, toasties, snacks, cakes & ice creams and an outdoor BBQ with locally sourced burgers and sausages, all at a reasonable price. Please feel free to make use of the picnic tables around the site too.
Plus: our own bric-a brac and book stall – always plenty to buy!