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Papplewick Pumping Station
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Owner description: Victorian fresh water pumping station that is now an industrial heritage attraction and wedding venue.
Reviewed May 4, 2014

I received a Fred Dibnah DVD as a birthday present and saw a feature about Papplewick pumping station. An internet search confirmed that its was open for business and no1 son and I attended a steaming weekend last year. We have just returned again. From Kent. If you are interested in industrial heritage, steam or machinery, then this is one of the best places you will ever visit. I have no connection with it and am not a member, so why? 1) It is beautiful inside and out. The Victorian engineers were under budget so spent the surplus on decoration stained glass filligree ironwork etc. The garden is mature with lovely trees, a lake, pretty rhododendrons etc 2) There is no tourist tat or hard sell. None. 3) There are two fantastic working Bolton and Watt beam engines, fired by the original coal boilers 4) There are several other well chosen and beautifully restored exhibits - a large mine winching engine and lift tower, a hydraulic pumping engine and a huge generator engine from a factory 5) There is a nice miniature steam train around the grounds and a good playground 6) Other societies operate / present their toys on steam days e.g.model boats, small engines, fairground organ etc. Yes there are other larger (and good) steam related places to visit e.g. Hollycombe, Beamish. To me this place is like top gear on a Sunday night - a very happy place to which no 1 son and I can retire for half a day. Its atmosphere is unique. Please go, but you will miss out if it is not a steam day. It is accessible by car and public transport, both tested. The "pronto" bus between Nottingham and Mansfield stops at Seven Mile Inn, which is a 15-20 min pleasant walk away.

Thank ReneeEgon
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PapplewickPS, Manager at Papplewick Pumping Station, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2014

Thank you for the detailed review, so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Pumping Station. We hope you'll come again.

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Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

You should visit when in steam and marvel at Victorian engineering. Small cafe has snacks and drinks at reasonable prices. You can sit out by the 'lake' ,also got picnic tables. Well done to volunteers that keep this part of our heritage going.

Thank sarah b
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PapplewickPS, Manager at Papplewick Pumping Station, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2014

Thank you for your kind words, we are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you'll visit us again in the future.

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Reviewed December 26, 2013

Superb Victorian experience.
Fabulous architecture.
The most beautiful steam powered beam engines you could wish to see, in full steam too.
Take a walk in the gardens and around the lake, see traditional crafts, such as Blacksmithing taking place.
You won't need to take out a second Mortgage to use the on site Cafe either!!

Thank Dave E
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PapplewickPS, Manager at Papplewick Pumping Station, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2014

Glad you enjoyed your visit, please tell your friends all about us!

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Reviewed December 22, 2013

Onenof the 'in steam' weekends, we went on Sunday 21st December. All the volunteers were so genned up, so helpful and friendly, explained the workings in terms I could understand! An added bonus today, was a performance by Bevox, a fun choir, whose members sang three sets. Great day out, and I just loved the smells of steam, coal fired boilers and oil!

Thank LordUnstone
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PapplewickPS, General Manager at Papplewick Pumping Station, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2014

Hi, thank you for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Papplewick Pumping Station and hope you will tell your friends about us and visit again.

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Reviewed November 30, 2013

Papplewick is just down the road from our home and we visit regularly. You will be surprised by the wonders you will see. For the children it has a little train and a lake full of hungry fish. We recommend you visit on one of their steaming days or when they have their WW2 event.

Thank Pam D
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PapplewickPS, Manager at Papplewick Pumping Station, responded to this reviewResponded July 7, 2014

Thanks for your review it is much appreciated. We hope you'll visit us again some day.

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