What's on at the Museum


The Museum normally stages events and other activities throughout the year. The calendar below is our proposed 2021 calendar. A decision on each event running will be taken 1 month prior to the event, based on Covid-19 restrictions. Events that run will comply with all Government restrictions in place at the time.

Click on calendar entry for more details

 


General Information

Subject to Covid 19 regulations our 2021 program will run with the following applying:

Decisions on each event running subject to Covid restrictions will be made 1 month before each event. We hope all events can run, every event that runs will conform to the Government rules of the day.

All Shows start at 10 am and finish at 4 pm unless otherwise stated. Entrance fees are as shown against each Show.

Christmas events run 10:00am-3:00pm.

Faery Fair runs 12noon-7pm.

Coffee & Cars Club Meetings run 9am-1pm.

Power of Friendship Club runs 2-4pm.

We expect the miniature railway to be running OPEN for Steam or Diesel Engine hauled train on the majority of our main What's On days. If you are planning a train ride then please see the Running dates. An additional charge is made for the ride. Operation of the railway is subject to the availability of suitably qualified volunteers and availability of rollingstock and track infrastructure. Children under one year old cannot be carried. Children under one year old cannot be carried.

The 'Model Village' will be OPEN on the First Sunday in the month as well as dates shown below and on its web page found by clicking on the red text.

"Marshall", the Lilleshall triple-expansion steam pumping engine, will only RUN at Shows where shown below.

The Museum attractions rely on the availability of suitably trained / qualified Volunteers and may have to be cancelled at short notice if suitable volunteers are not available.

For all What's On days the Steam Pump Tea Room will be OPEN serving food and refreshments.

2021 Exhibitor Application forms will be available on-line via the Exhibitors and Contact Us drop down menus above when we announce the 2021 program, as on-line forms or in printable pdf format.

2021 Stallholder forms will only be available in pdf format.

Private Hire

Some indoor facilities are available for hire to groups and individuals. In addition the Museum has a quiet, level and secluded three-acre field which can be hired out to appropriate groups and organisations for example, weddings and private functions. For details of availability contact the Museum Manager via the contact page.


Attractions Open / Closed / Running

We take every effort to ensure our calendar details are correct. However, these are subject to change without prior notice. To avoid any disappointment please check with the Museum that the key attractions are open and running as illustrated below.

Lilleshall Marshall Running on Steam Power

Marshall Running on Steam Power

Lilleshall Marshall Running on Air

Marshall Running on Compressed Air

Oil / Diesel Engines

Museum of Power Oil / Diesel Engines / Compressed Air Engines

Miniature Railway

Museum of Power Miniature Railway

‘Astaria’ Model Village

Museum of Power ‘Astaria’ Model Village

Tea / Coffee Room

Museum of Power Steam Pump Tea Room

 

Museum Calendar

 

Essex Pass

Essex Passes are not valid at any of our event days or Learning experiences. They are only valid on normal Museum open days.

Children's University

Attending our Museum & events is a great way for children to gain hours towards their award goals.

Other events

Other small events take place at the Museum throughout the year - these will be added to this section periodically.

Car Meet

Coffee & Cars Club @MOP - restarting 2021

Fourth Sunday in each month 9am to 1pm

Come along and join our monthly enthusiasts meeting. Bring along your classic or modern vehicles together with anything of interest

Steam Pump Tea Room OPEN serving breakfasts, hot/cold food, home made cakes and refreshments

Unless shown below otherwise, the Miniature steam train will NOT be running for train rides and "Marshall" the Lilleshall pumping engine will NOT be running. Some engines will be run on Compressed Air

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Astari Model Village

Astaria Model Village (Open First Sunday Every Month from February 2021)

Free entry to the Model Village and Tea Room for food and refreshments on non paying event days

A charge is made for entry to the Museum

Miniature steam train and "Marshall" the Lilleshall pumping engine and other oil / diesel engines will NOT BE RUNNING unless indicated below or on main event days on the first Sunday of the month

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


 

Shows

 

TransportFest with Model Show

Sunday 4th April 2021

Easter Show with Classic Cars, Buses, Military Vehicles & all types of transport. Stalls, music and entertainment. Bocking Brass Band booked to perform.

Museum & Courtyard Model Show - Trains, Boats, Cars and more on display.

Adult £7.00, Concessions £6.00, Children (5 to 15) £3.00 Children and under 5 FREE

Miniature steam train OPEN for rides (extra charge applies) - to be confirmed by railway team. Please contact the Museum to confirm.

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by steam and other oil / diesel engines will be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Antiques Fair Spring

Antiques Fair

Sunday 11th April 2021

Outdoor Antique & Vintage Market on Museum's events field.

The Museum does not take stall bookings for this event. To book stalls please contact Haddon Events on 07519 276507 or info@haddonevents.co.uk

Doors open 9:30am for visitors & Steam Pump Tea Room open 9:30am

Adult £3.00, Children under 15 FREE

Miniature steam train CLOSED for rides

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will not be running and other oil / diesel engines will not be running

 

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Classic Vehicle Show

A Vintage Day Out

Sunday 13th June 2021

We are excited to announce a new event for this summer.
In conjunction with Haddon Events, we present A Vintage Day Out.

The event will take place on our large show field. It is perfect for a summer event.

Expect to find stalls selling antique and vintage items including, jewellery, silver, coins, vintage fashion, handbags, furniture, sculpture, garden ornaments, household effects, curios, art, collectables, ceramics and much more...

There will also be a show of Classic Cars & other vintage vehicles.

 

Entry: Adults £6.00 Concessions £5.00 Children 5-15 £2.50 Under 5s FREE

Miniature steam train OPEN for rides - please check with the Museum to confirm.

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by STEAM and other oil / diesel engines will be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Bikemeet

Bikemeet & BBQ Festival

Sunday 1st August 2021

Classic Motorcycle show with stalls and entertainment.

NEW for 2021 a BBQ Food Festival

Adult £7.00, Concessions £6.00, Children (5 to 15) £3.00 Children under 5 FREE.

Miniature steam train OPEN for rides (extra charge applies) - to be confirmed by railway team. Please contact the Museum to confirm.

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by steam and other oil / diesel engines will be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


American Car Show

Coffee & Cars with Autojumble Market

Sunday 22nd August 2021

Autojumble event with Haddon Events alongside our monthly Coffee & Cars Club

Adults & Concessions £3.00, Children Under 15 FREE

Miniature steam train CLOSED for rides

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be NOT be running. Other engines inside the Museum will run on Compressed Air.

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


American Car Show

American Car Show

Sunday 5th September 2021 (Drive thru Maldon High Street Saturday 4th September 2:30PM)

American & Custom vehicles, stalls, music and entertainment

Adult £8.00, Concessions £7.00, Children (5-15) £3.00, Children Under 5 FREE

Miniature steam train OPEN for rides (extra charge applies) - to be confirmed by railway team. Please contact the Museum to confirm.

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by steam and other oil / diesel engines will be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Steampunk V

Steampunk Essextraordinaire VI

Saturday & Sunday 11th & 12th September 2021

Victorian fancy dress, music, craft stalls and trade stalls - on the show field.

Adult £6.00, Concessions £5.00, Children (5-15) £2.50, Children Under 5 FREE

Miniature steam train OPEN for rides (extra charge applies) - to be confirmed by railway team. Please contact the Museum to confirm.

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run and other oil / diesel engines will be running - STEAM/COMPRESSED AIR TO BE CONFIRMED

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Antiques Fair

Sunday 17th October 2021

Antique & Vintage stalls on our events field.

The Museum does not take stall bookings for this event. To book stalls please contact Haddon Events on 07519 276507 or info@haddonevents.co.uk

Doors open 9:30am for visitors & Steam Pump Tea Room open 9:30am

Adults/Concessions £3.00, Children under 15 FREE

Miniature steam train CLOSED for rides

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will not be running and other oil / diesel engines will not be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Christmas Market with Haddon Events

Saturday & Sunday 27th - 28th November 2021

Christmas Market for Gift Ideas, meet Santa*, Family Entertainment, and Steam Train Rides

The Museum does not take stall bookings for this event. To book stalls please contact Haddon Events on 07519 276507 or info@haddonevents.co.uk

*To see Santa:

Child ticket: £12 
This includes entry to the event, one free ride on the miniature railway, a visit to Santa and a gift bag

Adult ticket: £8
This includes entry to the event, a ride on the miniature railway, Santa visit, a hot drink and a mince pie 

Standard Entry Fee (no Santa visit):

Adult ticket: £7

Concession ticket: £6

Child ticket for 5 to 15: £3

Under 5s: FREE

Bookings open from 1st August

Miniature Railway OPEN for rides to be confirmed by Railway team. Please contact the Museum to confirm.

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be running on Compressed Air and other oil / diesel engines will be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Steampunk Christmas - Frozen in Time

Sunday 5th December 2021 - 10:00am-3:00pm

Christmas Steampunk Market for Gift Ideas, meet Santa*, Family Entertainment, and Steam Train Rides. Pantomime with DOT Productions - TBC

*To see Santa:

Child ticket: £12 
This includes entry to the event, one free ride on the miniature railway, a visit to Santa and a gift bag

Adult ticket: £8
This includes entry to the event, a ride on the miniature railway, Santa visit, a hot drink and a mince pie 

Standard Entry Fee (no Santa visit):

Adult ticket: £7

Concession ticket: £6

Child ticket for 5 to 15: £3

Under 5s: FREE

Bookings open from 1st August

Miniature Railway OPEN for rides to be confirmed by Railway team. Please contact the Museum to confirm.

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be running on Compressed Air and other oil / diesel engines will be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Christams Fair

Christmas Fair & Santa

Sunday 12th December 2021 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Come and meet SANTA in his Grotto, enjoy a miniature steam train ride, meander through our indoor Christmas stalls and join in with our fun entertainment and children's rides. Pantomime with DOT Productions - TBC

To see Santa:

Child ticket: £12 
This includes entry to the event, one free ride on the miniature railway, a visit to Santa and a gift bag

Adult ticket: £8
This includes entry to the event, a ride on the miniature railway, Santa visit, a hot drink and a mince pie

Standard Entry Fee (no Santa visit):

Adult ticket: £7

Concession ticket: £6

Child ticket for 5 to 15: £3

Under 5s: FREE

Bookings open from 1st August

Miniature Railway OPEN for rides (extra charge applies) - to be confirmed by railway team. Please contact the Museum to confirm.

'ASTARIA' model village and Steam Pump Tea Room OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by air and other oil / diesel engines will be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


 

Community Days

 

Crank Up

Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Evening

Friday 16th April 2021

An evening of great fun and experience for all ages, combining good food with a dramatic crime scene and a clue solving game. You can enjoy this special evening with your friends, or family, without the headache of having to organise it yourself.

6:30pm-10:30pm

Three Course Dinner and Arrival Drinks - Period Dress Welcome

£39 per ticket

Book Here from 4th January 2021

Menu Here

Bar Available

Miniature Railway will NOT be running

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will NOT be running and other oil / diesel engines will NOT be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Fun-4-Kids

Fun-4-Kids

Sunday 30th May 2021

Fun Day full of Childrens activities and entertainment plus Science Shows with Mad Professor Dean

Adult £6.00, Concessions £5.00, Children 15 and under FREE - Entrance includes 1 free train ride

The show will include: Kids crafts, toys, bouncy castles & rides, museum hunts, model exhibits, magician, children’s storytelling, party entertainment and more fun activities.

Charges will apply for some activities.

Miniature steam train OPEN for rides (extra charge applies) - to be confirmed by railway team. Please contact the Museum to confirm.

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by compressed air and other oil / diesel engines will be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


DOT Theatre (Evening Performance) Jane Eyre

Thursday 5th August 2021 - Performance Starts at 7:30pm, Doors open 5:30pm

Full Details TBC

Pre-theatre refreshments available from 5.30pm - 7pm.

 

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


BARLEYCORN

Barleycorn Harvest, Folk & Craft Fayre

Sunday 15th August 2021

Folk Music, Talks & Workshops, Agricultural Machinery, Nature & Ecology, Country Crafts, Games and fun for all

Adult £7.00, Concessions £6.00, Children (5-15) £3.00, Children Under 5 FREE

Miniature steam train OPEN for rides (extra charge applies) - to be confirmed by railway team. Please contact the Museum to confirm.

'Astaria' model village OPEN

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be run by compressed air and other oil / diesel engines will be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Heritage Weekend

Heritage Weekend (Free Entry to the Museum) - Book Fair & Craft Stalls

Saturday 18th/Sunday 19th September 2021

FREE ENTRY TO MUSEUM

Miniature steam train CLOSED for rides

'Astaria' model village OPEN open both days

 

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Essex Faery Fayre & Candlelight Illuminations

Saturday 25th September 2021 from 12noon-7pm

Second Faery Fair at the Museum & Astaria Model Village with fairy themed stalls, crafts and competitions, storytelling, wand making workshops, a mystical labyrinth, hoola hoop sessions and crowing our chosen Prince, Princess, King and Queen. The day finishes with a procession leading to our Model Village with over 400 candlelit lanterns illuminating the village and its Fairies and Elves.

Adult £6.00, Concessions £5.00, Children (5-15) £3.00, Children Under 5 FREE

Miniature steam train will be running between 12noon & 6pm to be confirmed by railway team. Please contact the Museum to confirm.

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will be running on compressed air and other compressed air engines/belt workshop will be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Model Village Candlelight Evenings (Free Entry to the Village & Museum)

Fridays 1st, 8th & 15th October 2021 - 6pm-8pm

Magical evenings in our Model Village for children and adults alike with over 400 candlelit lanterns with Fairies and Elves.

FREE ENTRY to Model Village and Museum. Tea Room OPEN for Food & Refreshments

Miniature steam train CLOSED for rides

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will not be running and other oil / diesel engines will not be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Crank Up

Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery Evening

Friday 5th November 2021

An evening of great fun and experience for all ages, combining good food with a dramatic crime scene and a clue solving game. You can enjoy this special evening with your friends, or family, without the headache of having to organise it yourself.

Three Course Dinner and Arrival Drinks - Period Dress Welcome

6:30pm-10:30pm

£39 per ticket

Book Here from 17th April 2021

Menu Here

Bar Available

Miniature Railway will NOT be running

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will NOT be running and other oil / diesel engines will NOT be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Crank Up

Wreath Making Workshops

Saturday 20th November 2021 10:30am - 12:30pm & 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Sunday 21st November 2021 10:30am - 12:30pm & 1:30pm - 3:30pm

MAKE YOUR OWN HAND-CRAFTED CHRISTMAS WREATH
(EVERYTHING IS PROVIDED)
Seasonal refreshments included. Only £25 per person.

Book Here (£10 deposit) Bookings open 1st May 2021

Please bring the remaining £15 on the day. Please state which day you are booking for as well as your name and telephone number. A child is welcome to participate in the crafting session free with a paying adult. Facilitated by Essex artist Paula MacGregor.

Miniature Railway will NOT be running

'Marshall' the Lilleshall pumping engine will NOT be running and other oil / diesel engines will NOT be running

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


 

Learning Days

 

Science Sunday

Explore & Discover Half Term Activities

Wednesday 17th - Sunday 21st February 2021

Bring your youngsters along to the Museum during the February Half Term Holidays and join in the fun of our:

Bug Hunt – join Essex Wildlife to find the bugs and creepy crawlies in our grounds

Arts and Crafts – have fun painting, hiding and finding rocks around the Museum grounds, bubble art, and other craft activities. 

Power of Push & Pull – Make aeroplanes from household items and try to fly them the furthest. Make a simple catapult from household items and see how far you can catapult marshmallows.

Astaria Model Village open on Thursday 18th February ONLY

Note that the Museum is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays

Normal Museum entry prices apply:

Adults £6.00, Concessions £5.00, Children (5 to 15) £2.50 and Children under 5 FREE.

 

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Easter Egg Painting

Easter Holidays Easter Egg Painting For Kids

Wednesday 31st March - Saturday 3rd April 2020 and Wednesday 7th - Saturday 10th April 2020

Bring the kids down to the Museum for our fun Easter Holiday egg hunt and painting activity

This is a popular activity with children and adults alike. Click the picture for more info

Note that the Museum is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays

Astaria Model Village Open Thursdays 1st & 8th April

Normal Museum entry prices apply:

Adults £6.00, Concessions £5.00, Children (5-15) £2.50 and Children under 5 FREE

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Science Sunday

Explore & Discover Half Term Activities & Maldon History Week

Saturday 29th May to Sunday 6th June 2021

Bring your youngsters along to the Museum during the Half Term Holidays and join in the fun of our:

History Week - Celebrating the Maritime History of Maldon

Arts and Crafts – have fun painting, hiding and finding rocks around the Museum grounds, bubble art, and other craft activities. 

Power of Water Activties – Make Water Wheels, Water Filters and much more. See the Power of Water in action.

Astaria Model Village open on Thursday 28th May ONLY

Note that the Museum is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays

Normal Museum entry prices apply:

Adults £6.00, Concessions £5.00, Children (5 to 15) £2.50 and Children under 5 FREE.

 

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


Half Term Activities

Autumn Fun For Kids

Wednesday 27th to Sunday 31st October 2021

Bring your youngsters along to the Museum during the Autumn Half Term Holidays and join in the fun of our:

Bug Hunt – join Essex Wildlife to find the bugs and creepy crawlies in our grounds

Autumn Arts and Crafts – have fun painting, hiding and finding rocks around the Museum grounds, make a conker spider, leaf mask, kite and enjoy other craft activities.  Also come and make an autumn collage, win a great art set for the winner

Exciting engineering – can you build the strongest bridge or tallest newspaper tower? A construction set will be given to the one that reaches the highest heights

Astaria Model Village open on Thursday 28th October ONLY

Note that the Museum is closed to the public on Mondays and Tuesdays

Normal Museum entry prices apply:

Adults £6.00, Concessions £5.00, Children (5 to 15) £2.50 and Children under 5 FREE.

Marshall Steam Running
Marshall- Air Running
Engines
Miniature Train
Model Village
Tea Room


 

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