The weekend of Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th May sees around 35 miniature traction engines, from 2 inch to 6 inch scale, in steam at Hollycombe for the annual 'Steam in Miniature' weekend.
The Portsmouth & District Model Power Boat Club will also be attending with their pool and model boat display.
The trees are coming well into leaf and Spring flowers abound in the grounds.
Normal admission times and prices apply, so come along as there will be plenty to see and enjoy in addition to the normal attractions at Hollycombe, and the little engines are great for the kids to see and understand how they work. We look forward to seeing you then.
- 03rd May 2013
The weather forecast is good for this weekend, so why not pop along to Hollycombe on Sunday & Monday and enjoy the delights of the steam fair, railways, and more? Come and see old Magic Lantern slides in the Bioscope; it is from these early beginnings that cinemas developed.
Spring has sprung at last and the trees are coming into leave as are the Spring flowers in the gardens.
Don't forget when you've paid to come in, you can have as many rides as you like during your visist, and – even better – when you've been once, as long as you paid the normal entry price, you can come back free as many times as you like for a year (apart from four restricted days later in the year), so why not come soon and enjoy the fun!!!?
- 03rd May 2013
Two classic car clubs have booked to visit Hollycombe on Sunday 21st April for 'Drive it Day', a national day when owners of classic and historic vehicles are encouraged to take them out on the road.
Coming to Hollycombe are a group with about 15 MGF cars, and a second group, the North Hampshire Austin Enthusiasts' Group, with a similar number of (mostly) Austins.
The MGs are due about 1130 and the Austins around 12 noon, so come along and enjoy the bonus of some classic cars as well as Hollycombe's usual steam-powered fun.
- 17th April 2013
Hollycombe opens for the 2013 season on Good Friday and, following a huge amount of hard work by the museum's dedicated team of volunteers, most of the attractions are up and running.
Inevitably, with the extreme bad weather we have had over the past weeks, coupled with the bitter cold, there have been a couple of casualties where ground work was required. This means that the Miniature and Standard Gauge Railways will not be running at present. Mr Field's Steam Circus has been taken out of service for planned maintenance. As the world's oldest mechanical fairground ride, it needs special attention, especially to its wooden horses, several of which were damaged by the wet summer last year.
There is still plenty to enjoy, from the narrow gauge Quarry Railway, through the ever-popular steam roundabouts and the unique 'white kuckle' Razzle Dazzle.
So come along and enjoy the fun, and remember that, in addition to all the rides being included in the admission price, once you've paid to come in, you can come back as many times as you like at no extra cost – now that's a bargain!
We look forward to welcoming you to Hollycombe.
- 29th March 2013
Hollycombe opens for the 2013 season on Good Friday and is open all four days over the Easter Weekend.
The volunteers have been very busy over the winter with routine maintenance, followed by several weekends building up the rides in often really inclement weather ready for the new season. The bad weather has meant that we are not as ready as we had planned but we hope to run as normal a range of rides as we can with one or two exceptions.
We look forward to seeing you again and catching up with old friends, but wrap up warm!
Easter weekend will see the return of the popular Easter trail and a large Easter Bunny will be around on Easter Sunday and Monday . . .
- 25th March 2013