Opening Dates, Times & Admissions

Steam Events

The Pumping Station is in steam 8 times a year on the dates listed below with all engines running including the James Watt beam engines, the Linby colliery winding engine and miniature railway. Please note that the steam plant is very old and therefore we cannot guarantee everything will be running and, although rare, break downs can occur!

2020 Steaming Dates & Times - flyer

Easter (Model Subs & Spring Fair)

12th/13th April 2020, 11 am-5 pm

May Bank (Classic & Vintage Vehicles)

9th/10th May 2020, 11 am-5 pm

Spring Bank (Craft Fair)

24th/25th May 2020, 11 am-5 pm

July (Steampunk weekend)

11th/12th July 2020, 11 am-5 pm

August (Classic Motorcycles)

30th/31st Aug 2020, 11 am-5 pm

September (Vintage weekend)

19th/20th Sept 2020, 11 am-5 pm

October (1940s weekend)

17th/18th Oct 2020, 11 am-4 pm

December (Christmas Fair)

12th/13th Dec 2020, 11 am-4 pm

Steam day admissions
with unlimited 12 month entry:

Senior / Student


Children aged 16yrs and below receive FREE admission.

* 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 is open to the public for a limited number of hours, please see times below. If you would like to enquire about a group booking please contact the Pumping Station via the Contact Us tab.

Non-Steaming Opening Times

April – October

Wed & Sun

11am – 4pm

November – March

Wed & Sun

11am – 3pm

Non-Steaming Open Day admission:

Senior / Student

The Pumping Station is not open at other times during the week except for pre-arranged group & school bookings.

Underground Reservoir Tours

The tours of the underground reservoir take place during steam events. A charge of £3 per adult applies and spaces on each tour are limited. Under 16s go FREE.

Regular tours to the underground reservoir commence from 11.05am on steaming days. The last tour of the day is 3.45pm but in December it is 2.25pm due to reduced daylight.


25% discount on normal steam day admission available on production of a valid English Heritage membership card including Overseas Visitor Pass Holders. Note: This discount is not available to English Heritage Corporate Partners. 25% discount also applies to Severn Trent Water employees (card holder only) on production of a valid staff card. Discount entries do not qualify for free return in 12 months.

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

Map to help you get to Papplewick Pumping Station / Layout of the grounds at Papplewick Pumping Station / 2019 leaflet