Nottingham is a city rich with history, including the fascinating Nottingham Industrial Museum, an extensive look into the area’s transport history. Even better, the museum is free to enter for children under 16 years old, and there are a number of activities and events that are great for children. Learn about engines, bicycles, motorbikes and all things transport, or visit ‘Steaming Day’ and see the old engines working away! Here are a number of activities and events at the museum that you can bring the children to.
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The Museum runs a number of activities for children of all ages, including badge making, colouring competitions and family tours of the museum. All activities take place in the museum itself and are free, although there is a small charge for badge making materials. In the Steam Hall (see below for more information) there are miniature engines on display, a model railway and working vintage telephone exchange.
Steaming Days Steaming Day is a popular attraction for children and parents alike! Held on the last Sunday of each month, Steaming Day brings to life many of the exhibits as engines are fired up for the public to see. It’s a fantastic opportunity to view the Museum’s vast collection of portable and static engines, such as the Basford Beam Engine and the Fowler ploughing engine. Steaming Day is free for children under 16 years, while adults are £5 to enter and £3 for concessions.
Steaming Day (Image: Nottingham Industrial Museum)
Freaky Family Halloween Steaming Sunday On Sunday, 29 October 2017, the museum will hold a special, spooky Steaming Day for the whole family, with lots of exciting activities that include activity trials, colouring, badge making, face painting, scary storytelling and of course, the engines in full steam. Don’t forget to bring your torch! For more details, read on here.
The Nottingham Industrial Museum has a number of permanent exhibitions showcasing a large range of items dedicated to Nottingham’s industrial past. The exhibits include motorcycles, bicycle-making and mining, which are perfect for any child who just loves transport and machinery. There’s also a range of items related to lace making, telecommunications, printing and much more.
The Steam Hall The Steam Hall is home to a mammoth collection of engines, transport machinery, working miniature model steam engines and a model railway.
One of the highlights for children is the working automatic telephone exchange – they become fascinated with using the adjacent telephones to dial each other and watch the components within the exchange whizz round in order to make the connection.
Transport Collection Come and view the extensive collection of motorcycles and bicycles in the transport collection, which also includes early model cars and even a horse-drawn coach!
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Have A Picnic in Deer Park
As the Nottingham Industrial Museum is located in the gorgeous surrounds of Deer Park at Wollaton Hall, on a fine day you may want to pack a picnic and take a wander around the park. The kids can feed the birds in the lake and have a look at the deer. You can even have your picture taken at Wayne Manor as featured in Batman!
The surrounds of Deer Park and Wollaton Hall are a fantastic family destination for the people of Nottingham, and if you have children who are simply fascinated with transport and engines, the Industrial Museum is the place to go.
Essential Information Nottingham Industrial Museum
Address: The Courtyard, Wollaton Hall and Deer Park, Nottingham NG8 2AE,
Phone: 0115 915 3936
Entry fees: Non-steaming days – adults £3, concessions £2, FREE for children under 16 years, Steaming days – adults £5, concessions £5, FREE for children under 16 years
Parking: Parking fees apply
Opening hours: Weekends and Bank Holidays 11am to 5pm during high season (Feb Half Term to 30 October) and Weekends only 11am to 4pm during low season (1 November to February Half Term)