Drainage Museum

Our museum is primarily concerned with the history of the unique landscape of the Fens and its drainage. It is housed in the original pump house (dating from the 19th century) and enjoys a picturesque setting on the river bank, which has moorings for visitors arriving by boat. It is also on the Hereward Way for those enjoying a walk out of Ely. The original building has been extended to provide modern visitor facilities.

The Museum is a registered educational charity, a volunteer organisation which has to raise the funds to meet everyday running costs and to finance projects. New volunteers are needed to help at events, open up the museum on non-run days and to serve tea and coffee to visitors.

The Museum has been extended with the assistance of grants from The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation and The Headly Trust together with local business and personal donations.

The museum is open until the end of September on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 12pm-4pm. 

Normal Admission Charges (Non-Event Days): Adult £5, Children £2 (6-16 years), Concessions £4.00, Family Ticket £12.00

Free Parking on Site * Disabled Access * Special Events * Hot & Cold Food* Gift Shop

Visit http://www.prickwillowmuseum.com/ for more details of future events.

The museum is closed for the winter except for visiting school groups.

Engine Room

Special Events 2022:


Easter Event, Sunday April 17th 2022, 11.00 – 16.00 
Meet the Easter Bunny, receive an Easter egg, enjoy fun crafts and activities, and our Crack the Code Treasure Hunt!
Our collection of mighty diesel engines will be running throughout the day.
Food and drink available, including bacon and pork rolls.
Children free entry with an accompanying adult (£3 per child to meet the Easter Bunny and enjoy the activities).


Tractor Road Run, Sunday April 24th 2022
Start time and route to be confirmed. Contact Kay on 07779063716.

Motorcycle Show, ​Sunday May 15th 2022, ​11.00 – 16.00
Application form below if you’d like to take part. Vintage cycles are also welcome, but not eligible for the competition. Contact us for more details.
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to this popular ‘annual’ event!

Vintage and Classic Car Show, Sunday June 19th 2022, 11.00 – 16.00
Application form below if you’d like to take part.
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to this popular ‘annual’ event!
Back to the Swinging 60s! 7th August 2022, 11.00 – 16.00.
Our first 1960’s event with music from Billy G and the Heartbeats!
Music and dancing from the era. Vehicles, memorabilia and stalls. From rock and roll to mods and hippies; from mini skirts to bell bottoms. Why not dress in 1960’s style and immerse yourself in the event!
Application form below if you’d like to take part.
Future events:

Sunday September 18th 2022 – 40th Anniversary of Museum formation.

Sunday October 2nd 2022 – Ploughing Match (Time and site location to be confirmed). Contact Kay on 07779 063716.

Sunday December 4th – Christmas Run Day with Father Christmas.

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