As the last commercially working tide mill in the UK, Woodbridge Tide Mill is a leading destination for National Mills Weekend on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th May. Visitors can experience the sights, sounds and drama of the 800 year old mill as the five metre English oak waterwheel turns the stones to grind the grain.
On Saturday 9th visitors can see the waterwheel turning at 11.00am. In the afternoon, there is a short lecture on the art of craft milling, plus a teach-in at around 2.30pm, using the electric motor. Visitors can get involved and experience the craft on milling first hand.
On Sunday 10th doors open 10.30am, with a short lecture on the art of craft milling. At 11.00am the millers will use the waterwheel to mill flour with entertaining commentary and explanation. There will be grindstone dressing demonstrations throughout the day, with a variety of stones to choose from including one of the original bedstones. At 2.00pm and 3.30pm there will be brief lectures on the art of milling, including teach-ins where visitors are encouraged to join in and get a bit floury.
Millie the tide Mill Mouse will be popping in on both days to greet visitors.
As well as the demonstrations there is a lot to see and do at the recently refurbished Tide Mill Living Museum. An engaging timeline records the Tide Mill’s fascinating history and previous owners and is complemented by interactive models, audio stations, videos, display panels, life-size cut-outs of the miller’s family and cats. There’s also a children’s corner and dressing-up box.
National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of the UK’s milling heritage, co-ordinated by the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings encourages people of all ages to visit and appreciate the UK’s windmills and watermills.
Each of these demonstrations will be free, although normal admission charges will apply. Timings are subject to the old mill working as she should.