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|October:||Oct||31st, Nov 1st|
Model Railway Exhibition:
Internal Combustion Engines:
|Heritage Open Days:||Sep||12th, 13th|
It is with regret that, following the recent advice from HM Government, the Trust has made the decision to close the site to visitors until further notice and to cancel our next two public steaming events scheduled for Easter and for the Early May Bank Holiday. We have made these decisions in order to protect both the public and our volunteer force, in line with the Government advice.
We hope that we will be able to steam for the public at the planned late May steaming, 24th and 25th May, but we will make a decision on this toward the end of April when perhaps the situation will be clearer. A further steaming event may be added for the period end June / early July – please keep coming back to this website for further updates and for further information regarding when we will be open again for static viewing by the public.
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.