A Celebration of Steam at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (9 to 10 May)


A Celebration of Steam at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, now in its fourth year, promises more displays of all types of steam engine, a tasty sausage and ale festival, Ivor the Engine and the exclusive opportunity to view the first complete steam powered factory in the world, the Block Mills.

The event takes place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May 2009 and visitors can discover more about the role that Portsmouth Historic Dockyard played during the 18th and 19th centuries when it was the greatest industrial complex in the world.

An exclusive opportunity to view the Block Mills which are not normally open to the public. Famous for being the world’s first complete steam powered factory with block-making machinery invented by Brunel’s Father, Marc Brunel in 1803, the Block Mills were built during the Napoleonic Wars to supply the British Royal Navy with pulley blocks.

ivor-the-engine-04-emailIvor the Engine, created by the late Oliver Postgate, returns for another steaming weekend all the way from “the top left hand corner of Wales”. He will be joined by his friends including Edwin Jones the Steam, Idris the Dragon and Bluebell the Donkey.

HMS Warrior 1860, which is powered by both steam and sail, will come alive with a skeleton crew at work and rest, representing the age of steam ships. The Steam Pinnace 199 will also provide displays in the harbour throughout the event. The SS Osborne, Queen Victoria’s steam boat, a steam powered bicycle and a gramophone will all be on display in Boathouse 4.

Once again, the unusual sound of steam engines and a brass band will resonate throughout the Historic Dockyard as displays of traction engines, road locomotives, miniatures, steam boats, steam rollers, crane engines, model railways, steam fairground attractions and a ride-on railway fill the site.

A host of costumed dock workers will interact with the crowds, bringing the Historic Dockyard’s history to life and re-creating the age of steam with colourful characters.

A sausage and ale festival located alongside HMS Victory will whet visitors’ appetites as they sample the many varieties of sausage and award winning ales on offer. For both enthusiasts and those who enjoy shopping, there will be a large collection of traders and exhibitors, including traditional craft and gift stalls.

Book before the end of February and save 10%.
Adults £12
Concessions £10
Family (up to 5 people, maximum of 2 adults/seniors) £36

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard