Barrow Hill Roundhouse Museum, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Britains only surviving operational Roundhouse Engine Shed
Barrow Hill Community

Hello and a very Happy Easter from Barrow Hill Roundhouse!

We wish we were welcoming you through the doors this Easter but we have to wait a little longer.

Instead, we have created for you a virtual event! With the chance to tour the Engine Shed, take part in an Egg Hunt and even make an Easter Bonnet and some Hot Cross Buns. There are plenty of opportunities for you to win Free Family Tickets to visit us when the doors do reopen. Until then, please enjoy and have a fabulous weekend!

Launching Our Virtual Tour . . .

Take a sneak peak of our Virtual Tour around the Roundhouse! We will be adding new content over the next few months so please keep checking back for updates.

We would also love to hear about any points of interest or content that you would like to see. Get in touch with any thoughts and suggestions

Competitions . . .

Click on the links below to download.

Fact Hunt

This Fact Hunt has been created for you by community volunteer Megan Sambrooks. All of the answers can be found on our website. Complete the Hunt and send your answers to and be entered into a prize draw to win Free Family Tickets to the Roundhouse!

Egg Hunt

We have scattered eggs around the website with a letter inside them. Hunt out all the eggs and unscramble the letters to find an Easter word. Email your answer to and be entered into a prize draw to win Free Family Tickets to the Roundhouse!

Hat Tutorial

Please watch the video link under Hot Cross Buns and you will find the Hat Tutorial at the end of the Hot Cross Bun demonstration.

Our Easter Bonnets have been inspired by Isambard Kingdom Brunel! Only with a funky twist. Follow the tutorial and have a go at making your own. We would love to see your creations! Please send images to or post on our Facebook Page.

Hot Cross Buns . . .

We had the privilege of cooking our Hot Cross Buns in a wood-fired oven in the Engine Shed! The smell was amazing, and the final buns were delicious. See how we got on and follow the tutorial to make your own at home. We would love to hear how you got on. Please send any photos or comments to Enjoy!

To make the dough mix all your bun ingredients except the raisins and peel until a smooth elastic dough is formed. Place in an airtight container in the fridge and leave to prove overnight.

The following day put the dough back in the mixer and add the peel and raisins and mix until combined. Divide into 8 equal balls and place them on a lined baking tray, spray lightly with water and cover loosely with cling film until they have doubled in size.

When they have doubled in size, mix the cross ingredients together and roll out on a floured surface, cut into strips ready for the crosses.

Preheat your oven temperature to 200c degrees.
Egg wash the buns, carefully put the crosses on and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, checking and turning them halfway through.

As soon as the buns come out of the oven whisk together the glaze ingredients and brush all over the hot buns.
You can serve them hot and sticky or leave them to cool and add lashings of butter.

Please see the link for where we sourced the recipe. Wood Fired Hot Cross Buns - The Stone Bake Oven Company

Ingredients for the buns
• 540g Strong white bread flour
• 20g mixed spice
• 15g Milk Powder
• 60g Caster Sugar
• Pinch of salt
• 20g fresh yeast (10g dried)
• 4 Eggs
• 45g Soft unsalted butter
• 60g Raisins
• 40g Mixed Peel

For the cross
• 100g Strong white bread flour
• 20ml Sunflower Oil
• 50ml water
• Pinch of salt

For the glaze
• 40g Caster sugar
• 30g Maple Syrup
• 30ml Milk
• 20ml Water

Just for fun . . .

Train you brain with our Easter and Railway themed Wordsearch created for you by community volunteer Megan Sambrooks! Enjoy our Dot-to-Dot and discover one of our newest museum exhibits! Have a mindful Easter. Download our Free Colouring in page. Just for fun or use it for your hat!

A big thank you to Megan Sambrooks for all her help with the activities for this event and to Ann from for all of her work on the Virtual Tour.

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