Family days out at Winchester City Mill

Family enjoying the view from Winchester City Mill of the River Itchen

There's lots for your family to get involved with at Winchester City Mill. From expert milling and baking demonstrations to quiz trails, hands-on activities, wildlife spotting and 50 things challenges, there's plenty of family fun to be had at Winchester City Mill, come rain or shine.

Flour milling demonstrations

Winchester City Mill mills around 20 tonnes of wholemeal flour a year. You can buy freshly milled flour from our shop.
Winchester City Mill mills around 20 tonnes of wholemeal flour a year
Winchester City Mill mills around 20 tonnes of wholemeal flour a year. You can buy freshly milled flour from our shop.

Every weekend, and midweek during school holidays, we use medieval technology to produce fresh wholemeal flour. Visit on a milling day and see our team of volunteer millers in action. They harness the power of the River Itchen to turn waterwheels, gears and millstones to produce our traditional stoneground flour.

Baking demonstrations

All the family can sample the tasty recipes at Winchester City Mill's baking demonstrations
All the family can sample the tasty recipes at Winchester City Mill's baking demonstrations
All the family can sample the tasty recipes at Winchester City Mill's baking demonstrations

Treat loved ones or celebrate special days, like Mother’s Day, Easter Sunday and Christmas with our regular baking demonstrations. Each one is seasonally themed to show how our freshly milled wholemeal flour can be combined with a variety of local produce. Chat to the bakers, try their recipes and ask them any questions you have. Before you leave, pick up one of our recipe cards, buy a bag of flour and get baking as soon as you get home.

Fun for all ages

Hand milling is just one of the interactive activities for all ages to enjoy at Winchester City Mill
Winchester City Mill Hand Milling
Hand milling is just one of the interactive activities for all ages to enjoy at Winchester City Mill

While you visit City Mill, you can explore how the mill works with a range of interactive activities. Children can make their own flour at our hand milling station and learn about the machinery with our pulley games and turning millstones. Every holiday we have a brand new trail, perfect to keep the little ones entertained. Watch our informative film, flick through our Youth Hostel scrapbooks or listen to our audio points to meet the people of the Mill’s past.

From special events and storytelling to tours and demonstrations, there’s something for all ages, every day of the year. To find out more about our upcoming events, why not visit our What's On page.

Relax by the river

Drake relaxing next to the river Itchen at Winchester City Mill.
Drake relaxing next to the river Itchen at Winchester City Mill.
Drake relaxing next to the river Itchen at Winchester City Mill.

Escape the bustling high street and enjoy the beauty and serenity of our idyllic island garden. A wide variety of flowers blossom throughout the seasons and the clear chalk stream river is teeming with wildlife. Enjoy spotting trout, water voles and nesting grey wagtails and tick off our 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ activities whilst you’re here.

Why not also take a short walk upstream to the nearby Winnall Moors Wildlife Reserve, a natural habitat spanning over 150 acres of floodplain. The reserve offers an insight into the natural environment that would once have been present along the whole of the Itchen valley.

50 things to do before you're 11 3/4

50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ at Winchester City Mill 

Enjoy a memorable family day out at Winchester City Mill, the oldest working watermill in the UK, and tick off a few of the National Trust’s 50 things activities off your list.