Mill photographs ©P Hicks, Jim Woodward-Nutt & Alan Gifford
National Mills Weekend 2017
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May 2017
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 2017 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 2017 it will take place on the
13th and 14th 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.
Engineers and Engineering
In 2014 & 2015 we celebrated Mills in Art. In 2016 the
theme was Vintage Power. The 2017 theme will be
Engineers and Engineering - a way of celebrating the engineers and
millwrights who built mills and their machinery and a theme which offers
potential linkages with local families or firms that could help with
promoting your event.
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.
A new aid for visiting mills,
especially over National Mills Weekend.
Those of you with Android on your phone can install a
free app that means you can have the information from the website with you,
even when you are out and about, quite possibly without an internet
connection to contact the site. You can get it at:
The app links with your other apps, such as mapping to give you directions
to the various mills, and if you do have an internet connection, you can use
it to pull up more information about many of the mills from Windmill World
and the Mills Archive.
The app will be updated as details of this year's Mills Weekend are
finalized at various mills.
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.