2022 Open Days
Unfortunately, the April, May and June Open Days had to be cancelled in 2021 due to COVID-19 considerations but we were able to hold the September and October Open Days as scheduled. Both events were very successful with more than 800 visitors and 120 exhibitors attending during the October events alone.
It is hoped that there will be no interruption to the 2022 Open Day schedule, the dates of which are listed below:
- 17th and 18th April
- 21st and 22nd May
- 25th and 26th June
- 3rd and 4th September
- 8th and 9th October (Gala Weekend)
Open at 11am, last admission 4pm.
This is a dog friendly site so well behaved dogs, and their owners, are more than welcome!
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.
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.