Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June
Step back in time to when steam ruled all and explore this hidden gem in Wiltshire’s history. Learn of the station’s history, and its restoration. Speak with volunteers in and around the Engine House. Discover the engineering challenges and the people who overcame them to build the canal and make sure that it had a plentiful supply of water.
Don’t forget to explore the grounds too with views over the Kennet and Avon Canal and Wilton Water Reservoir, fed by natural springs and the reason why the pumping station was built here. Or perhaps enjoy a picnic on our new picnic benches to the sound of 200 years of living history.
|10:00 to 17:00||10:00 to 16:30||10:30 to 16:30|
(last entry 15:30)
Pre-booking is recommended to secure your entry time and help you plan your visit.
See our Art Tickets page to make your booking
Any remaining tickets will be sold on the gate on the day, but with limited availability.
Guide Admissions Price
|With Donation||Without Donation|
|Accompanied children (under 16)||Free||Free|
While you are at Crofton don’t forget to visit the pop-up refreshment tent.
We will be serving tea, coffee and a variety of soft drinks as well as cakes, biscuits and other delights to keep you sustained while visiting the engines and meeting our wonderful volunteers.
Open 10:30 to 16:00
All proceeds from the pop-up will be donated to Crofton, helping ensure it’s future.
There’s More Going On
Alongside this Steaming weekend we will be holding a special Mechatronics event to showcase our Mechatronics project.
With the help of graduates from the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston and students from Bath University we have installed a sophisticated ‘Mechatronics’ system, as used in F1 racing cars, to measure and record key parameters such as pressures and valve timings.
We do not think this has been done before for such historic engines.
See the engines in Steam and then join a Mechatronics Presentation given by experts involved with the project who will explain the system, project and the brilliant technology behind it all.
Presentation Times: 11:30, 13:30 and 15:30
Visitors require a Steaming ticket to attend this special event
Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy overlooking the canal and railway.
Please note our picnic area is not under cover.
Access to the site is via the main gate opposite the car park. No access from the lower canal entrance at lock 60 due to ongoing works by the Canal and River Trust.
Well behaved dogs on short lead are welcomed on site. Only assistance dogs are allowed in the buildings.