Sunday 21st of August 2016 saw me over at Leeds again for the 3rd Leeds Classic BusRun Day, and as per usual, one of the destinations on there was the Thwaite Mills Waterwheel Musuem. During my last two visits I spent a bit of time around there photographing and changing buses, but kept thinking that I must return again one day and have a proper look around the site. As yet I hadn't had a chance to do this, so this year I thought I would make time whilst I was there for the bus event, and I'm glad that I did, as it was a very enjoyable place to visit, and even more so as they had also put on some special events to tie-in with the bus running event, which took in a number of the museums in the city.
As well as a classic car event there was also a brass band playing in the gardens, and it was very pleasant to sit out there in the fresh air listening to them. I could well get a visit from the Council for un-Lancastrian activities for saying this, but I have to admit that they do have some very good brass bands in Yorkshire, and they are almost as good as the ones we have in Lancashire. The band playing that day was the Corpus Christi Band, who are based in Leeds. The museum itself was an interesting place to visit, and it was nice to see the waterwheel, which was driven by a weir on the River Aire and which used to power the mill when it was still in use. I always find it enjoyable to have a look around such places, and get a feel for what the people who once worked there used to do to earn their livings.
I could have quite happily spent much longer there, but with a bus event to take part in I had to limit my stay to an hour, but I will hopefully get another chance for a longer visit at some future date. If you get a chance to visit there I would definitely recommend it, and the photos in this collection show just a flavour of what you can find there, I didn't have sufficient time to enjoy doing the woodland walk and to get some shots of the gardens and sculptures which can be found there. The steam crane seen in a number of the photos is also in action on certain days, so a visit to their events webpage at: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/Thwaite-Mills-Watermill.aspx will show you the best times to make a visit there.