Spring at Houghton Mill

Children play in the spring gardens

From outdoor family activities during the school holidays, to experiencing our flour being freshly milled in the traditional way, there is lots to see and do at Houghton Mill this Spring, whatever the weather.

Explore the 18th century water mill

Houghton Mill is the last surviving mill on the River Great Ouse able to produce stone ground flour from a water-powered wheel. On Sunday afternoons experience the sights, sounds and smells as we freshly mill Houghton Mill flour using the historic machinery. Why not buy a bag of freshly milled Houghton Mill flour to try at home? 

Younger visitors can try out hands-on exhibits that bring the journey from grain to flour to life. They can experiment with opening and shutting model locks to see how they affect changing river water levels, heave sacks of grain using traditional pulley systems and turn a traditional hand quern to mill flour themselves. 

Outdoor adventures

As the weather warms up and the wildlife returns, you can bring a picnic and explore the many walking, cycling and canoeing trails along the river. As you head around the mill pond you will discover our mini nature trail and den building area.  

There's plenty of fun to be had even if it's raining. Grab your wellies and explore the water meadows. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled: in the spring our resident swan family usually has cygnets and you may even spot a seal playing in the mill pond if it has been raining heavily!  

Family fun for the Easter holidays 

Our annual Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt will be returning to Houghton Mill on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 April. Follow the bunny’s clues around Houghton Mill and Waterclose Meadows and finish your adventure with a delicious, chocolatey treat. 

You can also build a nest in our outdoor craft event, look for signs of Spring along our nature trail and watch and listen to the mill in action as we mill fresh flour in the traditional way on Sunday 12 and Monday 13 April. Please note, booking is required for some of the events.  

May half term at Houghton Mill 

Music can be found everywhere in nature if you listen carefully.  During half term pick up our scavenger hunt in the mill and start discovering the music in nature!   

Stop in for a treat 

From 13 March 2020 the Houghton Mill tea room will be open every day from 10.30 - 17.00 for hot drinks, light lunches and delicious treats. 

Full details of our opening times, activities and events can be found on our home page here