October half-term at Winchester City Mill

Child with pumpkins at October half-term, National Trust

As well as experiencing the full force of the River Itchen as it roars beneath Winchester City Mill, 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.

Apple harvest weekend

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 October, 11am - 4pm

Celebrate all that's great about British apples at Winchester City Mill this autumn. Meet the apple experts from Sparsholt College and learn all about regional varieties of apples. Bring your own apples along for identification.

Hansel and Gretel breadcumb trail

Saturday 20 – Sunday 28 October, 10am - 4pm

This October half-term, things are getting spooky with the tale of Hansel and Gretel and their battle with the Wicked Witch. Explore the Mill with a sharp eye to spot the trail of hidden breadcrumbs that Hansel has left. Use these to solve the cryptogram and lead you to the Wicked Witch’s cottage where there might be something sweet to take away.

Hallowe’en pumpkin carving

Tuesday 23 & Thursday 25 October, 11am - 3pm

Kids - bring a pumpkin along to Winchester City Mill and we'll help you transform it for Hallowe'en. Our expert pumpkin carvers will show you how to create your very own grinning Jack-o’-lantern.

Hallowe’en storytelling

Friday 26 October

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

Come and listen to tales of witches and beasties with our storyteller, Mike Rogers, from Southampton Story Club. Suitable for all ages. To reserve a space and avoid disappointment, call 01962 870057 or email naomi.barker@nationaltrust.org.uk

Traditional milling demonstrations

Every Saturday & Sunday & Wednesday, 11am-3pm

See our team of volunteer millers in action as they harness the power of the River Itchen to turn waterwheels, gears and millstones to produce our stoneground wholemeal flour. Ask one of our volunteers about a basement tour and see firsthand why we need to raise money to make urgent repairs to the Mill’s structure.