Wild West Weekend : May 27 - 29 Find  Out More                                

 Victorian Days Half Term : May 30 -  June 4 Find Out More 

 Now open Sundays Find Out More 


2017 Events Calendar

We're open for School Holiday Events, Special Events and Sundays (May 7- August 20) throughout 2017

Opening Hours for all-day events - 10am - 5pm (Last Ticket Entry 3pm).  Suggested length of visit is four to five hours

Other events as listed - click to find out details and times.

For details of which activities run during each event please check out each separate event listing. 


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 Events At The Royal Gunpowder Mills 

Wild West Weekend : May 27 - 29


The fantastic wild west reenactors 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

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Step back in time at the Royal Gunpowder Mills this May Half Term and join us to explore life in Victorian times. 

Victorian Days : Steam Heritage Weekend : June 3 & 4


Steam Heritage is back in town! Alongside our fantastic Victorian Days Event we will have a brilliant steam heritage display lining up along our mead. 

June 12 & 13 - Live History : Theatre & Tea 


A brand new theatrical experience comes to the Royal Gunpowder Mills. Become part of the play as history is brought to life, and help the characters solve a mystery...... A captivating experience not to be missed

Open Sundays


Enjoy a relaxing Sunday set in 170 acres of science and heritage, no matter rain or shine; The Royal Gunpowder Mills opens its doors for a fantastic day out every Sunday between May 7th – August 20th and for certain Sundays with 20% off the admission fee.there’s never been a better chance to explore as much as you can for a great low price! Find out which dates and details now!

 Walking Tour : Take a close up look at the heritage of the Mills - June 24


Described as the ‘most important site for the history of explosives in Europe’, the Mills is a Scheduled Monument. On this bespoke guided walk through Invitation to View you will get close up to its architecture and stories and enjoy a special tea. Tickets can be found at www.invitationtoview.co.uk

Summer Holidays : Open Sunday - Wednesday (July 23 - August 23)


Summer at the Royal Gunpowder Mills promises a fantastic variety of activities, walks and talks. Our program is still being devised so keep checking back for details 


Southern Alfa Romeo Day : September 24


A fabulous car show showcasing Alfa Romeo's throughout history! Not to be missed.

October Half Term : October 21 - 29 

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

 Guy Fawkes Festival & Fireworks : November 4 & 5


Where better to see a fireworks display then at a gunpowder factory? A fantastic display and afternoon of events not to be missed.




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.