Mill photographs © Jim Woodward-Nutt & Alan Gifford
National Mills Weekend 2014
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th
Welcome to the National Mills website.
CLICK HERE to search for Windmills and Watermills you can visit in your area now, or later, over the 2014 National Mills Weekend!
National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of our milling heritage and provides you with a fantastic opportunity to visit mills, many of which are not usually open to the public.
In 2014 it will take place on the 10th and 11th May and we hope even more mills than in previous years will open their
doors and welcome visitors. Until the advent of the steam engine, wind and watermills provided the only source of power for many different processes - from making flour, paper, cloth to hammering metal and extracting oils. You
can explore mills that produced, or still produce these products, some restored to working order, some derelict, some still working commercially.
Tales from the Mills
This year, some of the mills open will be participating in our Tales from the Mill project, inviting people involved with the mills today and in the past to share their stories of their local mill.
If you or your family have been involved with a particular mill, why don't you
tell us your story on our blog, by clicking on this link:
Here you can write your own mill story, and read tales of other
There are also special events over the weekend hosted by many of the mills, lots for kids to do and get involved with - fun for all the family.
Why not make a day of it? Use our pages to locate mills in your area which are open and create a tour. Follow the links to the mill's own web pages to get more information to plan your visit.
See your local press for further information.
Search for mills open in your area:
To find the mills open in your area, search for your county in our Windmills and Watermills pages. Given the number of mills open, we have divided the mills by their type - Windmills or Watermills.
We are grateful to the mill owners for opening their mills to the public and for providing us with information on their opening hours.
The SPAB Mills Section, who organises this annual event, is not responsible for the content of external websites. We try to ensure that all information provided is correct, but we are reliant on mill owners to keep us updated of changes to their opening dates and hours.