Visit the Waterworks Museum in Hereford for the National Stirling Engine Rally this October.
An exciting day out for the family. The rally will showcase an enigmatic collection of hot air engines from across the UK, a popular events for steam and history enthusiasts. The Museum will be open on the 13 October between 12 – 4pm.
The Museum has become a national centre of information and explanation of Stirling engines. New displays were installed in the Spring 2016 for the bicentenary of the first Stirling engine patent in 1816. With colourful explanatory panels, interactive working models and a new video film illustrating Robert Stirling’s pioneering work. The Museum has two full-size working Stirling engines manufactured by Hayward-Tyler of Luton in the 1880s. In addition, experimental thermo-electric generators, developed at Harwell in the 1960s and based on the Stirling cycle, are on display for visitors to see.
There are trails for the children and interactive devices across the Museum which visitors are encouraged to touch and use. This includes the Heritage Water Park (a children’s play ’n’ learn zone) in which there are nine life size devices for pumping, moving and filtering water. Inside the Visitor Centre there is a play area for younger children.
Home to a permanent exhibition about Hereford in WW2 the museum is generally seen as a time capsule of social history for Herefordshire, the Marches and parts of Wales. With one of the widest range of working steam, oil, gas and hot air engines engines in the UK, many of which can be seen doing what they were intended for – pumping water, this will be a fantastic day out.
Refreshments & Gifts
Light refreshments and small souvenirs can be purchased in the cafe and visitor centre and picnics are permitted in the picturesque grounds.
Dogs will be permitted in the museum grounds providing they are on a leash and do not disturb other visitors (but, except for assistance dogs, not in the Museum building or in the Heritage Water Park).
Future Waterworks Museum Family Day events will be held regularly throughout the year, please check the website for details.
Established in 1974, the Waterworks Museum is an independent working museum concerned primarily, but not exclusively, with the story of the supply of water for public consumption from earliest habitation to the close of the 20th century.
Places to visit and stay in Hereford
Hereford is an historical beautiful city with ancient buildings, folklore and history, riverside walks, independent shops and a food lovers paradise. There are great events, indoor and outdoor activities, ideas for days out with the children & family. Visit our accommodation page for ideas on weekend breaks and family holidays in Hereford.