Variation to Opening Days
The Corona virus (Covid-19) pandemic and the consequent government advice to avoid crowds means we have reluctantly decided not to open the Timeball at Easter.
We will review our opening in late April but hope to reopen at the start of May
Sat/Sundays 2 May through to Sun May 24 - low season opening at weekends
Summer opening Wednesdays - Sundays 27 May through to Sunday 27 September - our regular opening
plus Mon 25 May and Mon 31 Aug. Special bank holiday openings
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.