THURSFORD STEAM ENGINE COLLECTION

A fabulous day out for all the family

The Museum opens on Sunday 5th April 2020 for our Gala event, until Wednesday 9th September 2020.
The museum will be open Sunday-Wednesday this year.

Opening times 11.00am to 4.00pm, last entry into the museum is 3pm.

Come and see the world’s largest collection of steam engines and organs, hear Robert Wolfe one of the world’s leading theatre organists play the mighty Wurlitzer at 12.30pm and 2pm daily, ride on fairground carousels and the gondola, enjoy “Back Stage Tours” and watch silent movies.

Please note fairground rides are subject to availability and are charged extra. They are not included in the admission price.

Our behind the Scenes Tour is available from Monday to Wednesday and is subject to availability, excluding bank holidays. There is an extra charge not included in the admission price.

Our Gondola is currently going through extensive restoration and as a result it may not be in operation on the day you are coming. Please call the office before travelling to avoid disappointment.  

Lunch in the barn and shop in our ‘Olde Worlde’ shopping village. We also have a fantastic play area for children of all ages!

The Steam Engine Museum summer season is now closed. The museum reopens:
Sunday 5th April 2020 – Wednesday 9th September 2020
Please note: We are open Sunday – Wednesday 
Opening times:
11am – 4pm, last entry into the museum is 3:00pm.
Price:
£6.50 admission and free for under 12’s
Only guide/assistance dogs can be admitted.

 

Magnificent Steam Machines
Come and explore the country’s finest collection of steam traction engines and get up close and personal with these magnificent machines of yesteryear. Steam power on the land, the roads, and eventually on the fairground did not have a very long life. From the middle of the last century until the First World War it enjoyed its heyday, developing superlative engineering skills and techniques which are still admired today. But by the 1920’s, steam was faltering before the challenge of diesel and petrol engines. By the 1940s steam vehicles were heading in their thousands to scrap yards.

Marvel at the Music

In 1904, when the founder of Thursford Collection, George. T.H. Cushing MBE was born, the visiting fair was an irresistible draw to every village across the land. George was taken to the fair when he was just eight years old which filled him with sights and sounds he was never able to forget, and ultimately fueled his passion for creating the Thursford Collection. The amazing sounds of the fairground organs had a particularly magical effect. It’s the same effect we see on visitors to Thursford today when they see and hear the wonderful sound of George’s amazing collection of fairground organs!

Climb On-board!

Unfortunately our Gondola is currently going through extensive restoration and as a result is sadly closed to the public.

There is an additional charge of £2 per ride, per person.

When you walk into the Thursford Fairground Collection, the colour, the lights, the movement, the music and all the magnificent machinery on display makes it hard to know where to look first! The two large fairground rides are inevitably very popular with our visitors who seek to experience the delight of riding on these magnificent machines! Our ‘1896 Savages 3-abreast set of Gallopers’ is a truly wonderful fairground ride for all the family to enjoy. Meanwhile, our very special Venetian Gondola Switchback Ride is true to its’ name! As ‘switchback’ suggests, the rider is taken over two hills and dips down into the following valleys whilst sitting in richly carved cars shaped like Venetian Gondolas. We also have a small hand cranked carousel perfect for children!

The Mighty Wurlitzer Show
The Mighty Wurlitzer is the centrepiece of the Collection! There are two half hour shows with our resident organist, Robert Wolfe, performing each day during the Summer Season at 12.30pm and 2.00pm.In the days of silent movies, when there was no soundtrack on film, the atmosphere was created “on the spot” by the pianist improvising a mosaic of mood music. In due course the pianist was replaced by the more chic, up market cinema organist, and the cinema organ par excellence was undoubtedly the Mighty Wurlitzer.

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