October half-term at Winchester City Mill

Child with pumpkins at October half-term, National Trust

There’s lots taking place in October half-term to keep families busy. All of our October half-term events are free after admission and suitable for tiny tots as well as older children. Highlights include our new bat-themed trail, pumpkin carving, and spooky storytelling. Families can experience the full force of the River Itchen too, as it roars beneath Winchester City Mill.

Apple harvest weekend

Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 October, 11am - 4pm

Celebrate all that's great about British apples at Winchester City Mill this autumn. Experts in all things apple related will be with us from Sparsholt College for the weekend. Bring along some of your own apples and get them identified.

Apple harvest baking demonstration

Saturday 26 October, 11am – 3pm

This special baking deomstration will combine our freshly milled wholemeal flour with seasonal products and locally-grown apples to make some delicious treats. You can taste the results too and take home recipe cards to have a go yourself.

Bat cryptogram family trail

Saturday 26 October – Sunday 3 November, 10am-4pm, Charge - donation

This hallowe'en there is a new spooky family trail to challenge you. Young explorers can keep an eye out for the bats hanging in and around the Mill whilst the older children decode the mystery cryptogram. Complete the trail to win a prize. Suitable for children ages 3 and above.

Hallowe’en pumpkin carving

Tuesday 29 & Thursday 31 October, 11am-3pm

Bring a pumpkin along to Winchester City Mill and, with the help of our expert pumpkin carvers, create your very own Jack-o’-lantern. Suitable for children 5 years and above. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Hallowe’en storytelling

Friday 1 November, 

Storytelling sessions begin at 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

Charge - donation

Tales of witches and beasties will be brought to life by our storyteller Mike Rogers from Southampton Story Club. To reserve a space and avoid disappointment, call 01962 870057 or email winchestercitymill@nationaltrust.org.uk. Suitable for children 4 years and above. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Hallowe’en baking demonstration

Sunday 3 November, 11am – 3pm

Immerse yourself in the smell of freshly baked goods and watch our demonstration. You can try some tasty treats made with our wholemeal flour. If you feel inspired to have a go yourself pick up some of our freshly milled flour and try your own baking at home with inspiration from our recipe cards.

Traditional milling demonstrations

Every Saturday & Sunday & Wednesday, 11am-4pm

The Mill really does come alive when we are milling. Our team of volunteer millers will be harnessing the power of the River Itchen to turn waterwheels, gears and millstones to produce our stoneground wholemeal flour.