Things to do at White Mill
In a peaceful corner of Dorset stands White Mill, nestled on the River Stour in the Kingston Lacy estate. This once busy, dusty and noisy building is the last surviving mill on this stretch of the river, where there had previously been eight.
White Mill is open on weekends and bank holidays, from March to October between 12pm and 5pm. The surrounding countryside can be enjoyed all year round. Wander through the mill and grounds at your own pace, or join a guided tour - available throughout the day, lasting around 40-45 minutes.
A tranquil retreat
Step inside to discover the remains of wooden gearing, shafts and frames, all made to a wonderfully high standard. In its heyday, the mill would have shaken with the vibrations of the clattering machinery and the roar of rushing water. Walk through the 18th-century building and discover the stories of the millers and their families, including the Joyce family – tenant millers for 130 years.
Away from the noise and hubbub of everyday life, White Mill is a nature spotter’s dream. Keep your eye out for the many interesting animals, birds, and fish that live on and in the River Stour, including otters, kingfishers and pike. Why not take a walk along the riverbank and see how many creatures you can spot?
Bringing the kids?
It's easy to spend relaxed quality time as a family at White Mill. Follow the children’s trail around the mill, or settle down in the gardens and enjoy a picnic by the river. Why not pop up the road to enjoy a delicious ice cream at Barford Farmhouse?
The Kingston Lacy estate has over 8500 acres of unspoilt countryside – lots of space to explore. Combine your visit with a trip to see stunning Kingston Lacy, or enjoy a stroll along the beautiful Beech Avenue and see how many trees you can count. If you are looking to step further back in time, the ancient hill fort of Badbury Rings sits nearby, boasting hilltop views and wildlife walks.