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We are pleased to inform you that the station will be opening for static viewing on Saturdays & Thursdays, commencing on Saturday 12th September.
• All visits will be guided tours only, commencing at 11am and 1pm.
• Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to inform us of the date & time and number of visitors for your intended visit
• On arrival, all visitors MUST report to the Stoker's Rest Cafe to sign in for Track & Trace purposes
• Inline with current government guidelines for enclosed public spaces, face coverings are to be worn at all times by visitors (unless exempt)
• The maximum number on tours will be 6 with no more than 2 ‘bubbles’ of individuals on any one tour
• Tight spaces, such as the ‘bathroom’, will not be included in the tour
• Pre-tour safety briefs will be given by tour lead
• There will be no Cafe facilities, but visitors may consume any food & drink that they have brought with them.
We kindly ask you to be vigilant and respectful of social distancing as this is new to everyone and we are still learning how to operate the site with these new circumstances.
People sometimes wonder what's the difference between a Steaming Weekend, and static viewing. Static viewing you can do any time our double gates are open; we'll be happy to welcome you, let you wander round or give you a guided tour, but you won't see the thing that makes Claymills come alive; the engines working.
We raise steam 7 times a year; if there's a Bank Holiday, our weekend is Sunday and Monday, if not, plain old Saturday and Sunday. It takes 3 days of hard work by the boilermen and £300 worth of coal to raise that steam in our 30 ft Lancashire boilers - they've been known to appreciate visitors taking a hand at stoking!
The steam drives our Victorian workshop, 3 of the 4 five-storey-high beam engines that used to pump all the sewage and brewery waste away from Burton, (don't worry, we don't do that any more,) more than 20 other smaller ancillary stationary engines, our working dynamos, (the oldest in the country,) and even heats the water in our Victorian bath-house.
Whilst the boilermen are raising steam, the front of house team are preparing the children's activities, welcoming visiting exhibitors, and making sure that our Stoker's Rest café is well stocked with hot snacks, and our famous cakes.
You can stop for a cuppa and get a light meal before (or after) walking around the site taking in the sights, sounds and smells, (hissing steam, hot oil, our Whispering Giant beam engines,) and talking to our very knowledgeable volunteers, who, of course, are the ones who bring the place to life at a steaming.
As from the 6th April 2006 the rules broaden so that more charities can benefit from Gift Aid Donations.
This means that if you're a UK taxpayer:
• You pay an extra 10% (on the admission prices listed above).
• We give you a café voucher for the 10% you paid.
• The government gives us an extra 25% on top of the full amount you paid.
It's called a Gift Aid visit and it makes a massive difference to Claymills.
Vouchers will be for the exact value of the extra 10% you paid
and are redeemable in the Stokers Rest Café
A little more really means a lot. Please become a Gift Aid visitor.
To qualify for Gift Aid, what you pay in income tax & capital gains tax must at least equal the amount that all the charities you donate to will claim in the tax year.
Other taxes such as VAT and Council Tax do not qualify.
Higher rate taxpayers should include the total paid on their tax return to obtain further tax relief.