What's on at The Brickworks
Big Spring Steam Up
23rd April: 11.00 - 4.00
Our first steam-up event of the year and always a splendid sight. All our resident traction engines and road rollers will be out in force. The old museum machinery will be in steam as well including our two large Wood's engines and the smaller Stott one.
Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust will be running their trains and inside there is the museum itself with lots of activities for children, craft stalls, and live music. For those that get overcome by the idea of steam engines there is the cafe to chill out in!
Beer, Bricks and Buses
13th May: 12.00 - 6.00
A first for the Brickworks we are holding our very own beer festival - Bricks, Beer and Buses.
There will be up to 15 real ales, cider, soft drinks, hot and cold food, live music and limited access to the museum. Doors open at 12.00 and the festival closes at 18.00. Tickets are £5 in advance or £6 on the day. Entry price includes special glass, programme, key parts of the museum plus a free ride on a heritage bus if you come by train to Swanwick Station. A shuttle service will be run on the day to coincide with the regular Southampton to Portsmouth local train service.
You can meet one of our brewers to discuss their work - Flowerpots Brewery are hosting a session starting at 14.00. At last - a chance to find out how the magic happens!
We are also having a tasting sensation....beer and cake...apparently it really works. Lemon Drizzle goes well with a fruity ale whilst Carrot Cake needs some best bitter to set your taste buds tingling, Chocolate Brownies which are quite bitter go really well with a porter or stout - the combinations are limitless.
Tickets are available here:
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(The Events management firm are charging 90p for this but we are very happy to refund the extra when you arrive on the day!)
Lots of local pubs are very kindly helping as well and tickets can be found at:
The Navigator, Lower Swanwick, SO31 7EB
The Guide Dog, Southampton SO14 6SF
The Bookshop, Southampton SO17 2ES
Olaf's Tun, 8A, Portsmouth Road, Woolston, SO19 9AA
The Village Inn, 67, Botley Road, SO31 1AZ
The Wheatsheaf, 1, East Street, Titchfield, PO14 4AD
The Elm Tree, 1, Swanwick Lane, SO31 7DX
If anything goes wrong or you would like to pay by cheque - just get in touch via the contact us page on the website.
We do have terms and conditions for this event:
Accessibility – please see access statement on Brickworks website
Limited access to Museum during festival
Over 18s only allowed in bar area – ID may be asked for
Over 18s only allowed to purchase raffle tickets (alcohol in some prizes)
Beer & cider only served in ½ pint measures, apart from official takeaway containers
Lost or broken glasses may be replaced (subject to availability), for a fee of £1
Day after the Day before
Normal museum day today but we will be selling any remaining beer for a great price!
Children's Fun Day
28th May, 11.00 - 4.00
A day of activities aimed at children aged 3 - 93!
All kinds of things to do with child focussed entertainment for the day.
The entry price includes the museum which will be all steamed up and the old machinery turning.
Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust will be running their trains and the cafe open for light snacks.
25th June: 11.00 - 4.00
This is one of our most popular events of the year. We turn the old factory into the countryside for the day - well as best we can!
Come and see the museum itself with all the old machinery steamed up and turning and then add animals, crafts, displays and more.
Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust will be running their trains and the cafe open.
The Brickworks Steampunk Festival
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th July
Steampunks and the only remaining steam-powered Victorian Brickworks in the UK are such a natural fit! Steampunk is a mix of sci fi and fantasy with a huge range of interpretation possible. The weekend event will include specialist Steampunk traders selling everything from amazing devices to top hats. Live entertainment will be included both days with a special Steampunk Cabaret Night on the Saturday. Ticket prices are the usual event ones but include everything except the cabaret - this is ticketed separately.
More details to follow - but put the date in the diary.
Family Fun Day
30th July: 11.00 - 4.00
A day of activities for everyone to get the holidays started. All kinds of things to do with child focussed entertainment for the day.
The museum will be all steamed up and the old machinery turning, trains running, cafe serving, sun shining (okay - we can't guarantee that part but we do have lots of space inside if it rains!).
Come and be creative with us for the day.
Vehicles through the ages
20th August: 11.00 - 4.00
Steam-Up Sunday once more and this time it will be all kinds of wheeled vehicles on display. From heritage buses to speedy teddy bears - we get them all!
The museum machinery will be all steamed up and turning and our knowledgeable volunteers on hand to tell you all about it.
Hampshire Narrow Gauage Railway Trust will be running their trains, the cafe serving delicious food and other activities in our upstairs exhibition area.
We are also hosting a visit from the Meccano group again...they were fantastic last year. Amazing what you can create from strips of metal and lots of nuts and bolts.
Heritage Open Day
Thursday 7th September, 11.00 - 4.00
First chance to see the museum for FREE! We are proud to be part of the National Heritage Open Days scheme for the fifth year. A chance to get close to our amazing heritage. Walk in the footsteps of the men who made the bricks that built much of the local area and further afield.
Read more about the Heritage Open Day scheme
Heritage Open Day
Sunday 10th September, 11.00 - 4.00
Second chance to see the museum for FREE! We are proud to be part of the National Heritage Open Days scheme for the fourth year. A chance to get close to our amazing heritage. Walk in the footsteps of the men who made the bricks that built much of the local area and further afield.
This Sunday we are going to steam up the engines as part of the day. Thanks to a generous donation from Taylor Wimpey who are covering the cost of the oil.
Trains, Trains, Trains
24th September, 11.00 - 4.00
The September Steam-up Sunday is one where we hand the event over to Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust for the day. They have a chance to show their trains off and invite friends in as well. Inside there will be train displays and stalls selling train related bits and bobs.
The museum will be all steamed-up and the old machinery turning, the cafe running and activities for children.
The Southern Re-enactment Fair
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th October
If you have an interest in history you will find this event fascinating. This unusual market features crafts folk and traders who supply the growing re-enactors and live-action market.
From Roman sandals to WW2 weaponry - everything you never knew you needed!
Entrance £4 per adult and £1 per child. Prices include the museum and the fair.
Halloween Steam Up
29th October, 11.00 - 4.00
One of our biggest events of the year. All our resident traction engines come home to roost for the winter having spent the summer touring all over the country. Friends bring their engines along as well and it is usually a really good turn out.
The museum will be in steam including our two John Wood's and Son stationary engines and the little vertical engine that runs the country estate brickworks.
Hamphsire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust will be running their trains and inside there will be all kinds of activities for children including our popular Halloween activities, craft stalls and music.
An Edwardian Worker's Christmas
26th November, 11.00 - 4.00
A different Christmas event this year and to celebrate the changes we are droping our entry price to £2 per person (£1 for children). Lots of really lovely activities with an Ewardian theme. We will have our Christmas market upstairs, live music and, of course, a visit from Father Christmas (not included in the entry price).
This is one of our Steam-Up Sundays so the museum engines will all be working, trains running, cafe serving as always.
It can be cold in the brickworks in the winter so wrap up warm!