About the Kempton Steaming at Christmas
It is nearly time for Father Christmas to deliver millions of packages on Christmas morning by climbing down a chimney while his reindeer powered vehicle sits atop a roof. During his busy schedule he has time to attend the steam event known as the Kempton Steaming at Christmas held at the Kempton Park Water Treatment Works in Hanworth.
Located about 4 miles from Heathrow Airport, this celebration kicks off the Christmas season on a late November weekend. It is the last chance of the year for visitors to see the world’s largest working triple-expansion steam pumping engine in action before it closes for seasonal maintenance.
Local artisans will be showcasing their goods in the historical museum so early Christmas shoppers will be able to find all their stocking stuffers and other great gifts to put under the Christmas tree. There will be Christmas cake, mince pies, tinsel, and festive fun for the entire weekend. If there is a Scrooge in your group, they can see the other sights of the Kempton Steam Museum like a pair of triple-expansion steam engines (triples) plus the dual steam turbine-driven pump sets. The Guest Driver Experience will make any Scrooge eliminate “bah-humbug” from their vocabulary.
Kempton Steam Museum
Beginning in 1897 as the New River Company, the railway used five Lilleshall triples to lift water from the Thames to the reservoir and the Cricklewood area of London. The Triple House opened in 1928 and steam turbines were added to the triples in 1933. The Triple House closed in 1980 and English Heritage declared it a National Monument. In 1995, the Kempton Great Engines Trust took on the task of restoration and maintenance for future generations of steam enthusiasts.
Entry To The Event
Adults enter the museum for £8.00, for concessions £7.00, and under-18s are free. There is a small charge to ride on the railway of £3 for adults, £1 for ages 5 to 15, and under-5s are free. The doors open at 10:30 a.m. with the first steaming one hour later. The final steaming of the day is at 3:00 p.m. but guests can linger and see the museum attractions until 4:00 p.m. The narrow-gauge railway runs all day and the price of admission includes guided tours of an unrestored triple on steaming weekends. Just remember that kids must be at least 1.4 metres (4 ft 8in) tall to take part in the guided tour.
Somewhere to Stay in Middlesex
The proximity of the event to Heathrow airport means that there will be plenty of hotels, B&Bs, Inns, and other facilities for one day or a long weekend. Campers and caravaners will want to head west away from London to find accommodations. One close to the Kempton Museum is the Chertsey Camping and Caravanning Club site with pitches for tents and RVs and many amenities to keep you comfortable. The event is in November so the weather could limit your camping options.
Other Things To Do Around Hanworth
Weekend visitors will not have to stray far from Heathrow to spend a few hours or a complete day. Nature lovers will want to head to Chiltern Hill (AONB) and visit Windsor Castle along the way. Plant lovers can visit the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, home to the world’s largest collection of living plants. Another option is Chessington World of Adventures a fully operational zoo with over 1,000 animals, including western lowland gorillas, sea lions, and Sumatran tigers.
The museum provides wheelchair accessibility where possible but there is no disabled access for the guided tour to the top of the 62ft Triple. Trained assistance dogs can enter the museum and the museum welcomes all visitors, especially overweight jolly men with fur-lined red suits, white beards, and an unusual penchant for generosity toward kids.
When is the next Kempton Steaming at Christmas?
The Kempton Steaming at Christmas is planned to take place at Kempton Park Water Treatment Works, Snakey Lane, Hanworth, Middlesex, TW13 7ND, Saturday 21st November, 2020. This is a Weekend Steam Event.
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