2021 Open Days – Provisional Dates 

Although at the present time there is uncertainty regarding the TCPS Open Days for 2021, provisional dates are given below. Unfortunately, the first three open weekends have had to be cancelled but it is hoped that Government restrictions will be relaxed such that we can open again in September and October.

  • 4 and 5 April – CANCELLED in accordance with Covid 19 regulations
  • 8 and 9 May – CANCELLED in accordance with Covid 19 regulations
  • 19 and 20 June – CANCELLED in accordance with Covid 19 regulations
  • 11 and 12 September
  • 2 and 3 October (3 October is Gala Day)

Open at 11am, last admission 4pm.

Admission Prices

Adults: £5.00
Concessions: £4.00
Under 16s: Free, when accompanied by an adult
Cash and card payments accepted

Alternatively, join us as a Volunteer, for an annual fee of £10, and enjoy free entry to all the open days during 2021.

In addition, TCPS is open every Wednesday for maintenance and, although the engines will not normally be working, we are happy to provide a site tour for a small group of people, for a small donation. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please contact our Chairman, Dave Smart, on 07702 403142 in order to schedule your visit.

About Us

What is Tees Cottage Pumping Station?

From 1849 Tees Cottage Pumping Station revolutionised water supply in Darlington and Teesside by offering cleaner, piped water to inhabitants who had previously relied on wells and rainwater tubs. The engines at Tees Cottage pumped water from the River Tees, which was then filtered and supplied to the water company’s customers.

Tees Cottage Pumping Station Attractions

Tees Cottage has Lancashire Boilers dating from 1902, a 1904, steam-powered, Beam Engine and a 1914 Gas Engine, all in operation and still pumping water from the River Tees (although no longer supplying the town’s water!).

We also have a Blacksmith’s Shop, where demonstrations are usually given, and a Miniature Railway, with rides provided by the Cleveland Association of Model Engineers for a small additional charge.

Refreshments are available in our Tea Room or you can bring a picnic to enjoy on our grounds.