About the Steam Weekend
The City of Dundee in Scotland sits on the north bank of the Firth of Tay. Many notable people have connections to the city including Edwin Scrymgeour (1866 – 1947), the only person ever elected to the House of Commons on a prohibitionist ticket. His opponent in the 1922 election was none other than Winston Churchill. Another is George Mealmaker (1768-1808), a Scottish radical and a member of the Scottish Martyrs to Liberty. In 1798 he was found guilty of sedition and sent to Australia to serve a 14-year term. Unfortunately, he died of what was described as “alcoholic suffocation” in 1808. Edwin was born too late to save George from his excessive drinking, but he was born too early to attend a Steam Weekend at the Dundee Museum of Transport.
The two-day weekend steam event is held twice a year at the museum in April and September.
The entire family will enjoy a few hours of fun with the exhibits and activities all related to steam. Kids from ages 3 to 90 will hear the whistleblowing on the miniature railway as they get ready for the ride. Working steam models and vintage cars will keep Dad occupied while the arts and craft stalls will certainly appeal to Mom. The tearoom offers snacks and ice cream as well as hot tea.
Dundee Museum of Transport
The Dundee Museum of Transport opened in 2014 and achieved accredited status in 2018. Looking forward, the museum has plans to move from its present location at Market Mews on Market Street in Dundee to a new facility to the Maryfield Tram Depot, Dundee’s only remaining building that celebrates the city’s tram history. It will give Dundee a “world-class transport museum housed in an iconic building”.
Entry To The Event
The Museum’s hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the summer hours (closed Tuesday) are in effect from March through October. The winter hours are Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday excepting January when it is open Saturday and Sunday only. The last admission is 30 minutes before closing. The adult fare is £5.00 (age 16 and up), £2.50 for kids age 5 to 15, and free for kids under 5. Those eligible for a concession will get a £1.00 discount off the adult fare and there is a family ticket of £12.00 for 2 adults and 2 children.
Somewhere to Stay in Angus
Weekend visitors to Dundee have several campsites to choose from. The highly-rated Tayview Caravan Park offers a great beach location. Other choices include the Riverview Caravan Park and the Camperdown Country Park. There are many hotels along the coastline, A90, and A92 that will provide comfortable lodging for a night or two.
Other Things To Do Around The Area
Weekend visitors will have plenty of time to schedule other activities in the Dundee area. If you don’t know what “jute” is now, you certainly will after visiting Verdant Works and learn about jute production and the dangers involved. Another place to learn about Scottish history is the Broughty Castle Museum. The castle was built in 1496 on a rocky promontory and has faced many sieges and battles.
Well behaved dogs are welcome, and the museum has worked hard to make its temporary location as wheelchair friendly as possible with ramps and other accommodations. Those with special needs are advised to call the museum before arrival. Limited parking spaces are at the entrance of the museum and there is nearby on-street parking. The only remaining question was if George Mealmaker’s untimely passing was due to a celebration or was he drowning his sorrows?
When is the next Steam Weekend?
The Steam Weekend is planned to take place at Baxter Park, Dundee, Angus, DD1 3LA, Saturday 26th September, 2020. This is a Weekend Steam Event.
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