Summer holiday activities at Winchester City Mill

summer family fun, Winchester City Mill, National Trust, Hampshire

There’s lots taking place throughout the summer holiday to keep the children (and adults) busy. As well as experiencing the full force of the River Itchen as it roars beneath Winchester City Mill, learn how to become a miller, complete '50 things' activities and enjoy milling and baking demonstrations throughout the holiday. All our activities are suitable for any age (under supervision), it’s all free after admission and there are plenty of places to shelter from the rain, and park a pushchair.

Summer holiday family trail

Wed 24 July - Tues 3 Sept, 10am - 4pm

Learn how to be a miller with our family fun activities everyday throughout the summer holiday. Stamp your trainee’s log book as you explore the Mill, answering any questions you find to see if you’ve got what it takes to become a miller. We've also gots lots of hands-on activities for the whole family to get stuck into, including having a go at making your own flour.

Baking demonstrations

Sat 27 July and Sun 25 August, 11am - 3pm

Start and end your summer holiday with a visit to our baking demonstration where you can sample tasty recipes baked by our team of bakers. Watch as we use our freshly milled stoneground flour to produce delicious treats. Combined with local seasonal ingredients, you can taste a range of savoury and sweet bakes, all for a small donation. Pick up one of our recipe cards and, if you purchase a bag of our flour, you can get baking as soon as you get home.

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

Milling demonstrations

Every Wed, Sat & Sun, as well as Mon 26 August Bank Holiday, 11am - 4pm

Visit on a milling day and 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 Winchester City Mill's traditional wholemeal flour. Our milling demonstrations are ongoing throughout the day. The Mill’s expert millers will guide you round and answer any questions you have about this working watermill.

Guided Tour and milling demonstration from our experienced millers at Winchester City Mill
Guided Tour and milling demonstration from our experienced millers at Winchester City Mill
Guided Tour and milling demonstration from our experienced millers at Winchester City Mill

Plan your South Downs adventure

Winchester City Mill is also the official gateway to the South Downs National Park. A permanent exhibition space introduces visitors to the delights of walking, cycling and enjoying days out in England’s newest National Park. Discover more about the South Downs’ special landscapes and wildlife, find ideas for local walks and experiences, as well as how easy it can be to explore by trains, buses or bicycle.

Plan for your visit

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.