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2020 Open Days – Cancelled

With regret, the trustees of TCPS have taken the decision to cancel all open days scheduled for 2020. The decision was based upon the anticipated difficulties of adhering to government guidelines regarding the Corona Virus pandemic.

However, TCPS will still be open every Wednesday for maintenance and, although the engines will not normally be working, we will be 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.

The dates for the 2021 Open Days will be announced in due course.

The 2020 Pumping Station Open Days were scheduled for the following dates:

  • 12 and 13 April
  • 9 and 10 May 
  • 20 and 21 June
  • 12 and 13 September
  • 3 and 4 October (4 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.

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 in our grounds.