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.

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 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.