Variation to Opening Days
The Corona virus (Covid-19) pandemic and the consequent government instructions for social distancing means the Timeball remains shut. We will review our opening plans in late June and hope to reopen in mid July.
Summer opening Wednesdays – Sundays. Wednesday 15 July through to Sunday 27 September - our regular opening.
plus Mon 31 Aug. Special bank holiday opening.
Opening hours unchanged 1130-1630.
Time Stands Still
We are sorry but the Timeball remains inoperative to safeguard against falling corrosion debris and also to protect the mechanism. A recent inspection of the Timeball mast revealed significant corrosion. The mast will have to be stripped to bare metal and repainted prior to reinforcement with welded steel plates. It is planned that the Timeball Tower will be scaffolded in April for a complete repaint and repair of the external fabric.
The work to repair the Timeball mast will take place during this period. It is hoped to have the Timeball back to normal operation by mid to late May.