Full steam at Papplewick this bank holiday

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Papplewick Pumping Station will be in steam again this bank holiday weekend on 29th and 30th May. The Monday will feature a host of countryside and water organisations with stalls, demonstrations and talks from the RSPB, Wateraid, Aquabox and Forestry Commission amongst others.

Aquabox will be bringing examples of their simple but effective water purification boxes that are used in locations where freshwater supplies have been affected by natural disasters, such as the recent earthquake in Japan. Each Aquabox can purify 1100 litres of polluted water turning it into safe drinking water.

The Forestry Commission will also be in attendance with displays and will be available to ask any questions you have about the Nottinghamshire Forests and the day to day challenges of managing the woodlands.

There will also be 15 minute talks by a representative from Wateraid to promote the importance of preserving water and to highlight the scarcity of clean water in developing countries and its effects upon people’s health.

The Victorian James Watt beam engines will also be in operation showing visitors how fresh water was pumped constantly from 200ft deep wells into reservoirs to supply the city with water. There will also be guided tours of Papplewick’s underground reservoir where visitors will have the rare opportunity to walk inside and marvel at its breath taking design and size!

“We always like to do one event each year that celebrates the importance of the countryside and fresh water” said Museum Director Ashley Smart. “We like to remind our visitors that although the Pumping Station is set in tranquil surroundings, it had an important job to do providing the people of Nottingham with clean water”.

The Station will also feature the miniature railway and the Robey winding engine from Linby Colliery with refreshments available from the café and free car parking.

The Station is open from 11am until 5pm both days; admission is £6 adults, £4 seniors/students, £3 children. Call 0115 9632938 for further details.