2017 Events Calendar

We are open for School Holiday Events & Special Events during 2017. Gates open 10am, Last Entry 3PM. Suggested length of visit four to five hours.


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SPRING INTO EASTER : April 1 - April 17 

Spring will be in full force at the Royal Gunpowder Mills this Easter.  Join Professor Nitrate & his assistants for an egg-citing time with lots of creative activities for families. Click the banner below to find out more.

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Walking Tour: Take a close up look at the heritage of the Mills 

walk-tour-2-s.jpgDescribed as the ‘most important site for the history of explosives in Europe’, the Mills is a Scheduled Monument.  On this guided walk you will get close up to its architecture and stories. Tickets can be found at www.invitationtoview.co.uk 

Dates: 25 March (sold out); 22 April (sold out); 20 May; 24 June


Tea At The Mills : March 28

Untitled.pngA fantastic event comes to the Royal Gunpowder Mills March 28th, Tea At The Mills will provide an elegant tea with a selection of sandwiches, scones and small cakes plus more, this fabulous event is not one to miss! .Now taking bookings!

The Gunpowder Plot Rally : April 23


Proud to be the finish for The Charity Classic Vehicle Club & Chelmer Valley Car Meet rally for Drive it Day, with a wonderful display of cars from the: 30s, 40s and onwards to 80s.


VE Weekend : April 29 – May 1


OK – It’s back! Our ever-popular VE Weekend celebrations featuring re-enactments, 40s entertainments and dancing, and good food. Be prepared to spruce up that 40s frock and hairdo! 


Wild West Weekend : May 27, 28, 29


The fantastic wild west re-enactors move in with their tent town!  Find out how they worked, lived and played out on the frontiers, and watch out for those bandits! There is a shoot-out.


Victorian Days : May Half Term : May 30 - June 4

Mad Lab Prof (sepia).JPGStep back in time at the Royal Gunpowder Mills this May Half Term and join us to explore life in Victorian times! 

LIVE HISTORY A brand new experience at the Royal Gunpowder Mills, Experience history come to life with the fantastic new event

SUMMER HOLIDAYS : Summer At The Royal Gunpowder Mills For for all the family and an opportunity for walks and talks on a variety of topics. 

SEPTEMBER 24 : Southern Alfa Romeo Day A fabulous car show showcasing Alfa Romeo's throughout history! Not to be missed

OCTOBER : Half Term There's fantastic experiments ago in the Mad Lab! Spooktacular fun for all the family. 

NOVEMBER : Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks Where better to see a fireworks display then at a gunpowder factory ? A fantastic display and afternoon of events not to be missed.



Children's University


The Royal Gunpowder Mills is a Learning Destination for the Children’s University and their Passport To Learning programme. Children can collect passport stamps for each of the following:

  • Spring Into Easter: School Holiday Fun
  • Victorian Days: May Half Term 
  • Summer Holidays: Summer At The Royal Gunpowder Mills
  • October Half Term 


NoteThere may be loud bangs at some of our events.

NoteActivities are subject to change, please check event listing before attending.  

Note: Children must be accompanied by an Adult or Guardian at all times.

Dogs: Only guide and assistance dogs will be allowed on the site. They must remain in harness during the visit.


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