New Years Evening 2019
The Timeball is presently shut down for safety reasons pending a structural survey of corrosion of the mast. The survey is due to happen in early January 2020.
The planned New Year 2020 drop will take place.
There will be a "controlled test drop" on New Year's Eve, 31 December 2019 at 1300 and again at 1300 on New Year's Day, 1st January 2020.
The Timeball and Tower will be floodlit from 2330 on 31 December 2019 culminating in a countdown and ball drop at midnight New Year 2020. Please come along to watch.
Our dates and times have just been announced they are:
1 Jan 20, 12 midnight - 2 am - Celebrate the New Year with us. It is the place to be in Deal on New Years.
Fri 10 Apr – Mon 13 Apr - Our Easter opening. Be the first to see our new information boards and interactive displays.
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 Fri 8 May, Mon 25 May and Mon 31 Aug. Special bank holiday openings
Opening hours unchanged 1130-1630.
Reopening on Good Friday 2020
Our very succesful 2019 season has ended and we will reopen again on 10 April 2020.
During the closed season we are refreshing the whole of the tower. You will see all new information boards and interactive displays.
More information will appear closer to the time. So please do revisit for updated information.
Help Keep the Ball Rising (and falling)
Deal Timeball Tower has been telling people the time since 1855. It is one of only a very small number of structures that continues to operate a timeball every day, including Christmas Day, all year round. It is probably unique in that it is the only timeball that can be visited by the public.
Our visitors come from all around the world many of whom have become supporters and help maintain the building and the mechanism for future generations. However, we do need more people to help keep our unique peice of history alive.
We are asking people to become supporters. For £10 (couple) or £6 (single) a year you are able to visit the tower during our open season and your children have entry for free. You also get 10% any goods you buy from our shop but more importantly you will be helping support this unique peice of history.
You can download the application form by clicking this link.
We're delighted to announce that the Tower's original 19th century Marine Chronometer is back where it should be, proudly on display in an illuminated security cabinet on the top floor.
This wonderful piece of Victorian craftmanship is still in full working order. It was bought at auction by Deal Town Council for visitors to the Tower to enjoy.