Mad Lab Mayhem kicks off the 2019 season at the Royal Gunpowder Mills in Waltham Abbey.


Mayhem in the Mad Lab

16th Feb - 24th Feb

The Royal Gunpowder Mills kicks off its 2019 season with Mayhem in the Mad Lab! Join us DAILY between February 16th to February 24th for super cool science and fun activities. 

In the Mad Lab visit our "Science Stations" where you can try our hands-on experiments testing scientific theories, plus, make your very own personalized slime and learn how to make your own modelling dough! - Lots of messy mayhem in a full day of fun, including “The Rocket Room” where you can create and launch your very own air powered rocket before popping it in your pocket and taking it home.

Professor Nitrate creates mayhem with interactive science shows at 11.40, 1.40 and 3.40 where all the family can learn about things that go whizz, bang and crash!

The history of our 300 year old site comes to life with our Exhibition, Rocket Vault & Armoury plus other displays including a wildlife tower and the Brambly Hedge exhibition.

Doors open 10am, Last Entry 3pm. Follow us on social media @gunpowdermills

*Activities are subject to change- always check before you travel

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  • Accessible Lift
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Children & Infants

  • Children's Meals

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking
  • Parking (free)

Specialist Features

  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - Take a guided tour on the Land Train or military truck to see and understand the whole site.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Located between Waltham Abbey & Waltham Cross, off Highbridge St. (across from McDonalds).

Entrance at top north end of Beaulieu Drive.

From J26 of M25, take A121 to Waltham Abbey; or from J25 of M25 go to Waltham Cross and then A121.

Free car parking on site. Disabled parking in car park. Covered cycle parking alos in car park.

Public Transport Directions

Located between Waltham Abbey & Waltham Cross, off Highbridge St. (across from McDonalds).

Entrance at top north end of Beaulieu Drive.

The site is a 10 minute walk west from Waltham Abbey Town Centre.

By Rail:

Nearest station is Waltham Cross, connecting London Liverpool Street or Tottenham Hale underground (Victoria Line) to/from Cheshunt/Broxbourne/Hertford East. We are a 25 minute walk east from the station. You may also take a bus (see below) or a cab (office at station).

By Bus: Nearest bus stops in Highbridge Street are served by the following local buses: 21, 212, 213, 240, 250, 251, 255, 505, 517.

Mayhem in the Mad Lab at the Royal Gunpowder Mills

Type:Show / Display

The Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1JY

Tel: 01992 707370

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