Our friendly and welcoming on-site licensed café, the Engineman’s Rest, is open from 10:30-16:30 on every Non-steaming and Steaming Day with a range of hot and cold foods, snacks, drinks and tasty treats for all the family. On Steaming Days we normally have an additional real ale bar in our Old Smithy together with a BBQ and/or other event-specific catering. Please follow this link for more information.
Opening Times: Tuesday – Sunday. Closed Mondays, except Bank Holidays.
New Interpretation Scheme Evaluation – August 2019
This month, August 2019, sees an exciting development that is part of the major investment into Crofton Beam Engines made by the National Heritage Lottery Fund.
We are trialling the prototype of a brand new interpretation scheme of graphic panels and other techniques to tell Crofton’s story in a new, fresh and dynamic way.
We are holding six special days in August where people can come down to Crofton and view the new scheme, and provide feedback and comment on how the story is told.
We would like to welcome you to come and take a look what we have been working on and visit the Boiler & Engine Houses under your own pace, letting us know what you think of the work so far and how it may possible be amended or improved.
There are six of these special days, and we will be open between 10:30am and 16:30 each of the following days:
Friday 9th August
Tuesday 13th August
Wednesday 14th August
Thursday 15th August
Wednesday 21st August
Thursday 22nd August
Our cafe and grounds will be open, and volunteers and staff will be on hand to discuss the interpretation. Normal Non-Steaming Day ticket prices apply, and with a ticket you can come and go through the Engine and Boiler Houses as often as you like.
We welcome Assistance Dogs throughout the site without restriction. We welcome all dogs on leads in the grounds, but not inside the Boiler and Engine Houses, nor in the Café. There is a designated area to tether dogs outside the Boiler House and water bowls are provided.
First Aid is available from staff and volunteers who will call for emergency services assistance if required. Additional first aid support is on site on the major event days. A defibrillator is also available on site. Any visitors receiving first aid will be asked to provide relevant information for the Accident Book.
We have two guidebooks: The Crofton Pumping Station Guide which is a 38-page visitor guide providing a succinct history and information about the site and the engines. The Crofton Story by Ian Broom is the definitive history and guide to Crofton Beam Engines providing a complete and authoritative history. Both are perfect companions to a visit. They are on sale in the shop and with tickets, and can also be purchased by mail order by contacting the Site Office.
We have a 32 space on-site tarmac car park which is available for a small charge on a pay and display basis. All car parking charges support the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust, a registered charity, and in using the car park visitors help to support our charity. There are two accessible spaces, a motorcycle area and also, with prior arrangement, the car park can accommodate one full-sized coach. The car park is open 09:00 – 17:00 year-round, including when the site is closed in the winter season, thus helping visitors to enjoy the canal, the numerous walks and other leisure activities of the area. In the winter period and outside opening hours access to the canal is via the path by Sam Farmer Lock, 300 yards away on foot.
On Steaming and Special Event Days we also have additional overspill grass surface parking in the neighbouring field. This can accommodate several hundred vehicles up to the size of a transit van. Access to this parking area is via the short track immediately opposite the main gates, which is signposted. Parking charges apply to overspill parking too and visitors are asked to purchase their ticket from the machine in the main car park which is adjacent and again signposted from the field.
Cycles may be parked on site and a designated cycle parking area is scheduled for completion later in 2019.
Picnics and Outdoor Seating
Visitors are welcome to bring picnics. There is a small picnic area and a range of outdoor benches and table seating in the grounds.
We have two entrances, the main entrance from the road and car parks at the top of the site, and the lower canal entrance which provides direct access to the canal towpath, Lock 60 and Engine Pound moorings.
On a few Special Event days the admissions ticketing point for the public will be at the site gates, reflecting the amount of activities in the grounds in addition to the Engine and Boiler Houses. On these occasions access to the Crofton Grounds, Café and Shop will require a ticket at the gate and there will be no unticketed access to the Grounds, Cafe and Shop and Annual Passes and K&A Membership Cards will not be valid. There are two occasions in 2019 when ticketing will be at the gate: Thursday 4th July for the evening production of The Tempest, and on the Steampunk Weekend on Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 July 2019.
There is a small gift shop within our onsite café that sells a range of gifts, souvenirs
We have a manual wheelchair for loan whilst the visitor is on site. Please ask staff if you wish to borrow the manual wheelchair.