Family days out at Winchester City Mill
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
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. All demonstrations are subject to volunteer availability.
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. All demonstrations are subject to volunteer availability.
Fun for all ages
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
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 11¾' 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.
Here are some useful things for families to know:
- No onsite parking. There is parking at Chesil multi-storey car park, 500m from visitor reception. Or via Park and Ride, St Catherine’s to Winchester from M3, exit 10.
- Free entry for under 5s.
- No onsite toilet or baby changing facilities. Public toilets are located in Abbey Gardens, adjacent to King Alfred’s statue, 200m from visitor reception.
- No onsite catering. There are many cafes and restaurants located nearby in the city centre.
- Baby back carriers admitted and pushchairs welcome in the main millroom.
- Pocket money gifts, confectionery and children's books available in the shop.
- Dogs welcome on short leads in the shop only.