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Mill photographs ©P Hicks,  Jim Woodward-Nutt & Alan Gifford


National Mills Weekend 2018

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May 2018

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 2018 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 2018 it will take place on the 12th and 13th 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.

Mills and Wildlife.
In 2014 & 2015 we celebrated Mills in Art. In 2016 the theme was Vintage Power.  The 2017 theme was  Engineers and  Engineering.  In 2018 the theme will be Mills and Wildlife.

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.