What's on at the Museum


The Museum normally stages events and other activities throughout the year. The calendar below is our proposed 2022 calendar. Decisions on each event running will be taken within a month prior to the event, based on Covid-19 restrictions. Events that run will comply with all Government restrictions in place at the time.

Click on calendar entry for more details

 


General Information

Subject to Covid-19 regulations our 2022 program will run with the following applying:

Decisions on each event running subject to Covid restrictions will be takenn a month before each event. We hope all events can run, every event that runs will conform to the Government rules of the day.

All Shows start at 10:00 am and finish at 4 pm unless otherwise stated. Entrance fees are as shown against each Show.

Christmas events run 10:00am-3:30pm.

Faery Fair runs 12noon-7pm.

Coffee & Cars Club Meetings run 9am-1pm.

We expect the Miniature Railway to be running OPEN for Steam or Diesel Engine hauled train on the majority of our main What's On days. If you are planning a train ride then please see the Running dates. An additional charge is made for the ride. Operation of the railway is subject to the availability of suitably qualified volunteers and availability of rollingstock and track infrastructure. Children under one year old cannot be carried.

The 'Model Village' will be OPEN on the First Sunday in the month as well as dates shown below and on its web page found by clicking on the red text. The Miniature Railway is also planned to run on many of these Sundays.

"Marshall", the Lilleshall triple-expansion Steam Pumping Engine, will only RUN at Shows where shown below.

The Museum attractions rely on the availability of suitably trained / qualified Volunteers and may have to be cancelled at short notice if suitable volunteers are not available.

For all What's On days the Steam Pump Tea Room will be OPEN serving food and refreshments.

2022 Exhibitor Application forms are now available on-line via the Exhibitors and Contact Us drop down menus above, as on-line forms or in printable pdf format.

For 2022 Stallholder Bookings use the link below to download the form:

2022 Stallholder Form

Private Hire

Some indoor facilities are available for hire to groups and individuals. In addition the Museum has a quiet, level and secluded three-acre field which can be hired out to appropriate groups and organisations for example, weddings and private functions. For details of availability contact the Museum Manager via the contact page.


Attractions Open / Closed / Running

We take every effort to ensure our calendar details are correct. However, these are subject to change without prior notice. To avoid any disappointment please check with the Museum that the key attractions are open and running as illustrated below.

Lilleshall Marshall Running on Steam Power

Marshall Running on Steam Power

Lilleshall Marshall Running on Air

Marshall Running on Compressed Air

Oil / Diesel Engines

Museum of Power Oil / Diesel Engines / Compressed Air Engines

Miniature Railway

Museum of Power Miniature Railway

‘Astaria’ Model Village

Museum of Power ‘Astaria’ Model Village

Tea / Coffee Room

Museum of Power Steam Pump Tea Room

 

Museum Calendar

 

Essex Pass

Essex Passes are not valid at any of our event days or Learning experiences. They are only valid on normal Museum open days.

Children's University

Attending our Museum & events is a great way for children to gain hours towards their award goals.

Other events

Other small events take place at the Museum throughout the year - these will be added to this section periodically.

Astari Model Village

Astaria Model Village (Open First Sunday Every Month from February 2022)

Free entry to the Model Village and Tea Room for food and refreshments on non paying event days

A charge is made for entry to the Museum

Miniature steam train will be running on these Sundays where possible - please confirm with Museum.

"Marshall" the Lilleshall pumping engine and other oil / diesel engines will NOT BE RUNNING unless indicated below or on main event days on the first Sunday of the month

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


 

Shows

 

TransportFest Vehicle Show

Sunday 17th April 2022

Easter Show with Classic Cars, Buses, Military Vehicles & all types of transport. Stalls, music and entertainment.

Internal model displays in the Museum & Kids rides & activities.

Adult £8.00, Concessions £7.00, Children (5 to 15) £5.00 Children and under 5 FREE

Miniature steam train OPEN for rides (extra charge applies) - to be confirmed by railway team. Please contact the Museum to confirm.

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by steam and other oil / diesel engines will be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Antiques Fair Spring

Antique & Vintage Outdoor Market

Sunday 1st May 2022 

Outdoor Antique & Vintage Market on Museum's events field.

The Museum does not take stall bookings for this event. To book stalls please contact Haddon Events on 07519 276507 or info@haddonevents.co.uk

Gates open 9:30am for visitors

Museum & Steam Pump Tea Room open from 9:30am

Adult £3.00, Children under 15 FREE

Miniature steam train OPEN for rides

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will not be running and other oil / diesel engines will not be running

 

 

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Antiques Fair Spring

Autojumble Market

Sunday 22nd May 2022 

Come & browse a great variety of stalls to find your spare parts for your restoration project, or just general motor and bike maintenance. If you’re after a certain part, piece or tool for a motoring project this is the place for you. Expect to find classic car parts, bike parts, tools, clothing, memorabilia, vintage, plus anything to do with motorised transport or vehicle related items. This is the market for all motor and engineering enthusiasts.

The Museum does not take stall bookings for this event. To book stalls please contact Haddon Events on 07519 276507 or info@haddonevents.co.uk

Gates open 9:30am for visitors

Museum & Steam Pump Tea Room open from 9:30am for visitors

Adult £3.00, Children under 15 FREE

Miniature steam train CLOSED  for rides

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will not be running and other oil / diesel engines will not be running

 

 

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Steampunk V

Splendid Essex Steampunk

Sunday 12th June 2022

The Museum of Power Cordially Invites You to join us for a Splendid Day of Victorian Steampunk!

With Stalls, Live Music, Burlesque, Steampunk Market, Fancy Dress, Jousting
The Fine Art of ‘Tea Duelling’, Tea Pot Racing, Umbrella Fencing, Science show & Steampunk Magic, Astaria Model Village, Miniature Steam Train Rides & More...

Adult £8.00, Concessions £7.00, Children (5-15) £5.00, Children Under 5 FREE

Miniature steam train OPEN for rides (extra charge applies)

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run and other oil / diesel engines will be running by STEAM

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Bikemeet

Bikemeet & Food Fest

Sunday 7th August 2022

Classic, vintage, custom, race & touring displays. Trials demonstrations, club stands, stalls, bar and live band.

Stalls and entertainment. Food festival with variety of food stalls

Adult £8.00, Concessions £7.00, Children (5 to 15) £5.00 Children under 5 FREE.

Miniature steam train OPEN for rides (extra charge applies) - to be confirmed by railway team. Please contact the Museum to confirm.

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by steam and other oil / diesel engines will be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


American Car Show

American Car Show

Sunday 4th September 2022 (Drive thru Maldon High Street Saturday 3rd September 4PM)

American & Custom vehicles, stalls, music and entertainment

Adult £9.00, Concessions £8.00, Children (5-15) £5.00, Children Under 5 FREE

Miniature steam train OPEN for rides (extra charge applies) - to be confirmed by railway team. Please contact the Museum to confirm.

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by steam and other oil / diesel engines will be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Antique & Vintage Outdoor Market

Sunday 16th October  

Antique & Vintage stalls on our events field.

The Museum does not take stall bookings for this event. To book stalls please contact Haddon Events on 07519 276507 or info@haddonevents.co.uk

Gates  open 9.30am for visitors. Museum &   Steam Pump Tea Room open 9:30am

Adults/Concessions £3.00, Children under 15 FREE

Miniature steam train CLOSED for rides

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will not be running and other oil / diesel engines will not be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Steampunk Into Christmas

Sunday 6th November 2022 - 10:00am-3:00pm

Christmas Market for Gift Ideas, meet Santa*, Family Entertainment, and Steam Train Rides.

Ticket Details:

Bookable Santa Visits:

Child ticket: £12 (includes train ride, santa visit, presents & santa's snacks)

Adult ticket: £8 (includes train ride, santa visit & santa's snacks)

Book Here

 

Standard non-prebookable fees for Tickets on the day (no Santa visit):

Adult ticket: £8

Concession ticket: £7

Child ticket for 5 to 15: £5

Under 5s: FREE

Standard Entries not prebookable - pay on the day

Miniature Railway OPEN for rides to be confirmed by Railway team. Please contact the Museum to confirm.

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be running on Compressed Air and other oil / diesel engines will be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Christams Fair

Christmas Fair & Santa

Sunday 4th December 2022 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Come and meet SANTA in his Grotto, enjoy a miniature steam train ride, meander through our indoor Christmas stalls and join in with our fun entertainment and children's rides.

Ticket Details:

Bookable Santa Visits:

Child ticket: £12 (includes train ride, santa visit, presents & santa's snacks)

Adult ticket: £8 (includes train ride, santa visit & santa's snacks)

Book Here

 

Standard non-prebookable fees for Tickets on the day (no Santa visit):

Adult ticket: £8

Concession ticket: £7

Child ticket for 5 to 15: £5

Under 5s: FREE

Standard entries not pre bookable - pay on the day

 

Miniature Railway OPEN for rides (extra charge applies) - to be confirmed by railway team. Please contact the Museum to confirm.

'ASTARIA' model village and Steam Pump Tea Room OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by air and other oil / diesel engines will be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


 

Community Days

 

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New Years Day Crank Up

Saturday 1st January 2022

Join us for our New Years Day Crank Up of the engines after the long winter nights of December. The first crank up of the year!

Wassail Celebrations cancelled due to Covid.

Astaria Model Village will be open!
Tea room will be open for food and drinks
Dogs on leads are welcome.

Adult £7.00, Concessions £6.00, Children (5-15) £3.00, Children Under 5 FREE

Miniature Railway will be running (weather permitting)

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be running on compressed air with some other engines also running on air.

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


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Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Evening

Friday 22nd April 2022

An evening of great fun and experience for all ages, combining good food with a dramatic crime scene and a clue solving game. You can enjoy this special evening with your friends, or family, without the headache of having to organise it yourself.

6:30pm-10:30pm

Three Course Dinner and Arrival Drinks - Period Dress Welcome

£42 per ticket

Menu Here

Book Here

Bar Available

Miniature Railway will NOT be running

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will NOT be running and other oil / diesel engines will NOT be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Fun-4-Kids

Fun For Kids Community Day

Sunday 15th May 2022

Fun Day full of Childrens activities and entertainment plus Science Shows with Mad Professor Dean

Adult £7.00, Concessions £6.00, Children 15 and under FREE - Entrance includes 1 free train ride

The show will include: Kids crafts, toys, bouncy castles & rides, museum hunts, model exhibits, magician, children’s storytelling, party entertainment and more fun activities.

Charges will apply for some activities.

Miniature steam train OPEN for rides (extra charge applies) - to be confirmed by railway team. Please contact the Museum to confirm.

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by compressed air and other oil / diesel engines will be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


BARLEYCORN

Barleycorn Harvest, Folk & Craft Fayre

Sunday 24th July 2022

Folk Music, Talks & Workshops, Agricultural Machinery, Nature & Ecology, Country Crafts, Games and fun for all

Adult £8.00, Concessions £7.00, Children (5-15) £5.00, Children Under 5 FREE

Miniature steam train CLOSED for rides

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by compressed air and other oil / diesel engines will be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


DOT Theatre - 2 peformances - Thursday 18th August 2021

Afternoon Performance: Jungle Book (for kids) Starts 3pm

Details to be confirmed

Evening Performance: Pygmalion Starts 7:30pm

Details to be confirmed

 

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Heritage Weekend

Heritage Weekend (Free Entry to the Museum) - Book Fair & Craft Stalls

Saturday 10th/Sunday 11th September 2022

FREE ENTRY TO MUSEUM

Miniature steam train CLOSED for rides

'Astaria' model village OPEN open both days

 

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Crank Up

Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Evening

Friday 16th September 2022

An evening of great fun and experience for all ages, combining good food with a dramatic crime scene and a clue solving game. You can enjoy this special evening with your friends, or family, without the headache of having to organise it yourself.

Three Course Dinner and Arrival Drinks - Period Dress Welcome

6:30pm-10:30pm

£42 per ticket

Menu Here

Book Here

Bar Available

Miniature Railway will NOT be running

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will NOT be running and other oil / diesel engines will NOT be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Essex Faery Fayre & Candlelight Illuminations

Saturday 24th September 2022 from 12noon-6pm

Second Faery Fair at the Museum & Astaria Model Village with fairy themed stalls, crafts and competitions, storytelling, wand making workshops, a mystical labyrinth, hoola hoop sessions and crowing our chosen Prince, Princess, King and Queen. The day finishes with a procession leading to our Model Village with over 400 candlelit lanterns illuminating the village and its Fairies and Elves.

Adult £8.00, Concessions £7.00, Children (5-15) £5.00, Children Under 5 FREE

Miniature steam train will be running between 12noon & 6pm to be confirmed by railway team. Please contact the Museum to confirm.

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be running on compressed air and other compressed air engines/belt workshop will be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Model Village Candlelight Evenings (Free Entry to the Village & Museum)

Fridays 7th, 14th and 21st October 2022 - 6pm-8pm

Magical evenings in our Model Village for children and adults alike with over 400 candlelit lanterns with Fairies and Elves.

FREE ENTRY to Model Village and Museum. Tea Room OPEN for Food & Refreshments

Miniature steam train CLOSED for rides

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will not be running and other oil / diesel engines will not be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Crank Up

Wreath Making Workshops

Saturdays & Sundays 19th, 20th & 26th, 27th November 2022

MAKE YOUR OWN HAND-CRAFTED CHRISTMAS WREATH
(EVERYTHING IS PROVIDED)
Seasonal refreshments included. Only £30 per person.

Book Here

Please bring the remaining £20 on the day. A child is welcome to participate in the crafting session free with a paying adult. Facilitated by Essex artist Paula MacGregor.

Miniature Railway will NOT be running

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will NOT be running and other oil / diesel engines will NOT be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


 

Learning Days

 

Science Sunday

Explore & Discover Half Term Activities

Wednesday 16th - Sunday 20th February 2022

Bring your youngsters along to the Museum during the February Half Term Holidays and join in the fun of our:

Bug Hunt – join Essex Wildlife to find the bugs and creepy crawlies in our grounds

Arts and Crafts – have fun painting, hiding and finding rocks around the Museum grounds, bubble art, and other craft activities. 

Power of Push & Pull – Make aeroplanes from household items and try to fly them the furthest. Make a simple catapult from household items and see how far you can catapult marshmallows.

Astaria Model Village open on Thursday 19th February ONLY

Note that the Museum is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays

Normal Museum entry prices apply:

Adults £6.00, Concessions £5.00, Children (5 to 15) £3.50 and Children under 5 £1

 

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Science Sunday

Science Sunday (Educational Science and Magic)

Sunday 20th March 2022

Wild & Wacky Demonstrations with ‘Mad Professor Jones’, Science of Blacksmithing, Star with our Stormtroopers, Miniature Railway, Model Village & lots more …. Tea Room Open

Adult £7.00, Concessions £6, Children (5-15) £5.00, Children under 5 FREE

Miniature steam train OPEN for rides (extra charge applies) - to be confirmed by railway team. Please contact the Museum to confirm.

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by compressed air and other oil / diesel engines will be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Easter Egg Painting

Easter Holidays Easter Egg Painting For Kids

Wednesday 6th to Friday 15th April 2022

Bring the kids down to the Museum for our fun Easter Holiday egg hunt and painting activity

This is a popular activity with children and adults alike. Click the picture for more info

Note that the Museum is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays

Astaria Model Village Open Thursdays 1st & 8th April

Normal Museum entry prices apply:

Adults £6.00, Concessions £5.00, Children (5-15) £3.50 and Children under 5 £1

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Science Sunday

June Half Term Activities

Wednesday 1st to Sunday 5th June 2022

Bring your youngsters along to the Museum during the Half Term Holidays and join in the fun of our activities (to be confirmed)

Astaria Model Village open on Thursday 2nd June ONLY

Note that the Museum is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays

Normal Museum entry prices apply: (Free entry for those booked onto workshops)

Adults £6.00, Concessions £5.00, Children (5 to 15) £3.50 and Children under 5 £1

 

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Half Term Activities

Halloween @ the Museum

Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th October 2022

Bug Hunt – join Essex Wildlife to find the bugs and creepy crawlies in our grounds

Autumn Arts and Crafts – have fun painting, hiding and finding rocks around the Museum grounds.

Exciting engineering – can you build the strongest bridge or tallest newspaper tower? A prize will be given to the bridge that is strongest and the tower that reaches the highest heights

Miniature Railway & Astaria Model Village open on Thursday 27th October ONLY

Other activities will run from Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th October

Note that the Museum is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays

Normal Museum entry prices apply:

Adults £6.00, Concessions £5.00, Children (5 to 15) £3.50 and Children under 5 £1

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


 

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