Christmas at Winchester City Mill

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This Christmas explore our decorated historic working watermill. A place like no other, Winchester City Mill will be immersed in the theme of gingerbread. From a new family trail to ginger baked delights there is something for everyone. Historic milling and baking demonstrations are just a few of the traditional events you can see this Christmas season. We've got a traditional brass band and live carols too.

Christmas gingerbread family trail


Saturday 30 November – Tuesday 24 December, 10am – 3pm, donation per trail


Make some magical memories and immerse yourselves in our family trail this season. Pick up a trail booklet and search your way around our decorated Mill to find all of the clues. Help Mrs Claus to collect the treats from the gingerbread people for Santa Claus so that he can make his journey on Christmas Eve. Suitable for children aged 3 and above.

Alder Valley Brass band


Saturday 14 December, 12 pm – 3pm, donations


A brass band brings festive spirit unlike anything else. Alder Valley Brass will bring the cheery sounds of Christmas creating a wonderful festive atmosphere.  Traditional festive music and everyone’s favourite carols fill this historic watermill. There will be mulled wine and mince pies made with our wholemeal flour to warm up with in the winter weather.

Christmas seasonal baking demonstrations


Saturday 14th December and Saturday 22 December, 11am – 3pm, free after normal admission


Step into our warming kitchen, smell the aroma of traditional baking and sample festive treats made with our stoneground flour produced by our millers. An abundance of tasty bakes will include mince pies, festive breads and all things ginger. Learn how to make seasonal bakes using our wholemeal flour for a unique twist this Christmas. If you feel inspired pick up some of our recipe cards to try out at home.

Enjoy delicious treats at our festive baking demonstrations
christmas baking demonstration, winchester city mill, national trust, hampshire, family fun
Enjoy delicious treats at our festive baking demonstrations

New Year’s Day flour milling


Wednesday 1 January 2020, 11am - 3pm


Welcome in the New Year and another year of history for City Mill. Watch how our volunteer millers produce stoneground wholemeal flour using the power of the River Itchen. You can also purchase our wholemeal flour and take home some of our inspiring recipe cards to bake some homemade treats of your own.

Watch our volunteer millers make stoneground wholemeal flour.
Flour being packaged at Winchester City Mill
Watch our volunteer millers make stoneground wholemeal flour.


Christmas shopping at City Mill


If you’re looking for a truly unique gift then our Mill shop is the place for you. Our Christmas collection is inspired by the special places of the National Trust. Our homeware collection includes soft blankets for the cold evenings, scented candles and beautifully designed ceramics.

If you are looking for something edible we stock a range of local products including delicate honeys and tangy chutneys. Tastes of the festive season can also be found in our confectionary and beverages. Our traditional wholemeal flour is perfect for all of your baking needs this Christmas. Our accessories range includes bags and scarves patterned with designs unique to the National Trust. To complete your gifts, we sell luxury wrapping paper and Christmas cards to spread the Christmas cheer.

Explore our range of Christmas cards
Explore our range of Christmas cards
Explore our range of Christmas cards

Christmas gift membership


Give someone the gift that keeps giving with a National Trust gift membership. They’ll enjoy a year of unlimited free entry to over 500 properties. While loved ones are making the most of their membership, the money from your gift helps us care for the places they visit and keeps them special forever, for everyone.

Get Christmas wrapped up early with a gift membership for someone special
Get Christmas wrapped up early with a gift membership for someone special
Get Christmas wrapped up early with a gift membership for someone special

National Trust winter raffle


When visiting our shop, why not buy a National Trust Winter raffle ticket? It's only £1 per ticket and you could win up to £10,000.  All money raised goes directly back to us to help with vital conservation work. Ask one of the team about the raffle when you next visit.

Every visit you make or pound you spend with us helps to look after WInchester City Mill for ever, for everyone