FOR the final time this year Twyford Waterworks will be opening its gates to visitors on Sunday October 6 providing the ideal opportunity to discover how drinking water has been pumped from deep beneath the Hampshire Downs for the past 120 years.

The historic pumping station, a Scheduled Ancient Monument, is the only complete Edwardian waterworks to survive with its steam, diesel and electric pumps, its water softening works and industrial railway. With the majority of the original machinery now restored to working order, including the 1914 steam engine, visitors can marvel at the sights, sounds and even smells of everything in action.

On this day, in addition to the original Waterworks pumping equipment, there will be plenty of visiting exhibits in the shape of classic cars and other vintage vehicles, steam road engines of various sizes and stationery engines.

Visitors can explore the nature trail, along with the hide and pond, learning about the wildlife that makes its home around the Waterworks.

Trust volunteer Matthew Feldwick said, "The Waterworks is simply unique and we are all looking forward to showing off one of Hampshire's hidden gems."

The Tea Room will be offering a wide range of hot & cold drinks, sandwiches, toasties, snacks, cakes & ice creams along with the popular BBQ.

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