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Historical Event, Sun 28 Jul - Wed 28 Aug 2019, £8.50-£10.50


Professor Nitrate in the Mad Lab

Professor Nitrate in the Mad Lab


Beaulieu Drive,
Waltham Abbey,


Professor Nitrate is back for a summer full of explosive fun at the Royal Gunpowder Mills come rain or shine! Open Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday between July 28 and August 28, the Professor ready’s our “Test Zone” for all the family to enjoy.

The Mad Lab - home to the ever eccentric Professor Nitrate and their assistants has a variety of brand new interactive hands on experiments and activities for you all to try out – some you can even take home with you! Plus not to be missed science shows throughout the day which will have the whole family getting experimental!

The creative zone is where you can stimulate your artistic side by painting your own canvas* and designing your own t-shirt*, and you can also have lots of fun drawing, gluing and getting messy.

The Royal Gunpowder Mills has a Rocket Vault with guides who were rocket scientists when the site was a top secret research centre, so it’s only right we delve into rockets in the Test Zone where you can Make and launch your very own Air Powered Rocket, Blast off Rail Rockets and create your own bespoke Rocket using whacky materials!

On top, visit our exhibition, learn about our history, view a large collection of weaponry in our armoury and explore our beautiful site of unique architecture and nature on a tractor trailer guided tour.

We also have a great café on site, a gift shop and a great adventure playground with indoor and outdoor picnic areas.

A day out at the Royal Gunpowder Mills ignites the imagination of all the family – Voted Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence five years running, a day out at the Royal Gunpowder Mills is one you won’t experience elsewhere.

Professor Nitrate’s Test Zone takes place every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday between July 28 and August 28. Tickets can be purchased on the door or through our Eventbrite page. Visit our website for more information including what’s on day to day and timings for each activity. Our site opens at 10am and closes at 5pm. Follow us on social media @gunpowdermills on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for more information as we get closer to this event.

*T Shirt Printing & Painting your own Canvas is at a cost of £1.50 per child – combine both activities for £2.50 per person.

This event qualifies as a "Special Event" as part of the Royal Gunpowder Mills Season Ticket.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsFrench signs/guidesGerman signs/guidesGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for corporate hospitality

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 28 Jul - Wed 28 Aug 2019 10:00 to 17:00

Events at this Venue

date event
Sun 28 Jul - Wed 28 Aug Professor Nitrate's Test Zone



Plan route to Royal Gunpowder Mills using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TL 376008  Lat: 51.68967 Long: -0.01007

By Road:
By Road:
From the M25: Leave jct 26, follow signs for A121 to Waltham Abbey. At traffic lights, McDonalds on your left, our entrance is opposite in 'Beaulieu Drive'.

Nearest station: Waltham Cross
By Public Transport:
From Waltham Cross station it is 20 minutes' walk to Royal Gunpowder Mills.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 2 miles from Waltham Cross station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • French signs/guidesFrench signs/guides
  • German signs/guidesGerman signs/guides
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality