Crofton Beam Engines will be open again to the public as from a week next Saturday, on 18 July.
During the lockdown period volunteers have been hard at work to give visitors an even better experience during their visit. Whilst the engines won’t be ‘in steam’ for the remainder of this season there will be lots of new things to see.
The Engine House and grounds have a brand new set of informative interpretation panels helping all ages to get the most from their visit to Crofton and there will be additional video displays in the Engine House showing more detail of the working and history of the site.
The picnic tables will be out in the grounds for visitors to use in the wonderful setting by the side of the Kennet & Avon Canal.
Entry to the grounds through the main gate is free and normal charges for the Engine House of £4.50 for adults apply. Children under 16 are free.
Crofton owes a great deal to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and in recognition of this one adult per party can have free access to the Engine House if they can present a current lottery ticket.
Opening times are 10.30am to 3.30pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday plus Bank Holiday Mondays, starting on Saturday 18 July.
Crofton’s Branch Chairman, Graham Snook, pointed out that this has been a very difficult year for many heritage venues. “We had a great year of fantastic events planned for 2020 and this has had to be re-thought to allow us to handle the current Covid-19 situation. A lot of effort has gone in behind the scenes to allow visitors to explore Crofton and enjoy all of the new features we now have in safety. There are negatives of course but there is a whole lot of positive things that our work with the industrial partners and The Heritage Lottery Fund have provided. There is plenty of reason to visit Crofton during this summer.”