Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May 2018

National Mills Weekend is the annual event that celebrates the milling heritage, giving you the chance to visit some of the mills that normally may not be open for viewing to the public.

You can click here to search for a list of windmills and watermills you can visit in your area now over the forthcoming 2018 National Mills Weekend.

2018 will see a host of mills taking part and opening the doors to the enthusiastic public.

There are wide range of mills available, including those restored, refurbished, even derelict, and existing commercially viable mills.


National Windmills Weekend reported that In 2014 & 2015 they celebrated Mills in Art. In 2016 the theme was Vintage Power. The 2017 theme was Engineers and Engineering. The 2018 theme has yet to be decided but will no doubt be an interesting one.

A new aid for visiting mills, especially over National Mills Weekend, is the free app available to download below.

This app provides details of UK windmills and watermills that are open to the public at various times througout the year, and in particular makes it easy to plan your visits during National Mills Weekend.

National Mills Weekend (the second full weekend of May) is a national festival of our milling heritage that provides you with a fantastic opportunity to visit mills, including many which are not normally open to the public.

The details of all the mills are collected by the SPAB Mills Section (the UK’s national organization for windmills and watermills), though the mills listed are owned by various organizations, including The National Trust, English Heritage, Kent County Council, and many private owners.

The app complements the National Mills Weekend website, providing a way to keep the information with you whilst you are out and about visiting mills, and quite possibly offline so unable to access the website.

Includes mills in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Jersey, and the Isle of Man.

If you do have mobile internet available, then the details pages link through to lots of additional information on the various mills, provided by Windmill World, The Mills Archive, and the Great British Mill Race.

More information here.

The SPAB Mills Section, who organises this annual event, is not responsible for the content of external websites. They do try to ensure that all information provided is correct, but we are reliant on mill owners to keep us updated of changes to their opening dates and hours.

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