Easter Steam Up! Sunday 27th March

Enjoy a cracking Easter at Coldharbour!

Good Friday marks the grand reopening of Coldharbour Mill, Uffculme. After months of hard work over the winter the Mill come and see the new  new welcome centre funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Over the weekend there will be Easter themed childrens activities and a special Easter Steam Day where all the machinery will not only be powered by the waterwheel but by our very own Lancashire Boiler. – see the steam pages for more information on steam at Coldharbour. Our popular pop up cafe will be also on hand for refreshments throughout the whole weekend while the builders finish our exciting new cafe.


The new shop will also be open where a large range of gifts and items made at the Mill will be available to purchase

…. and don’t panic if you don’t see everything, from Easter the Mill will now open weekends!



Bus tours a big success on Steam Days!

New Year Success at Coldharbour

A record number of visitors to Coldharbour Mill’s New Year’s Steam Day kick-started its exciting plans for 2016. Despite the rain, visitors were treated to the sights and sounds of a working Mill taking wool to yarn and cloth exactly as it was in Victorian times.

Steam Curator John Jasper was delighted to see so many people:   “it was fantastic to see so many people at the Mill on such a cold and wet day – needless to say the Lancashire Boiler proved very popular not only demonstrating the making of steam to power the Mill but also to warm up cold and wet visitors.”

New for 2016 are the free historic bus tours organised by WHOTT (West Country Omnibus and Transport Trust) who are now based at the Mill. The 40 minute round trip also connects with the trains at Tiverton Parkway carrying those who come by train to and from the Mill.

The bus tours were repeated at the February Steam Day, and will be available again at the Easter Steam Day on Sunday 27th March. See the WHOTT website for timetable.

On Steam Days, local Jazz musician Charlie Hearnshaw provides a musical tour at 1pm,  using the sounds of the machines to compose imaginative improvised pieces with the various looms, line-shafting and spinning machines providing a percussive element to the pieces.

Also at Steam Days, the Culm Valley Model Railway Club displays its ‘SOLDOR’ layout, which can be operated by chidlren of all ages!

The Mill, recently awarded a Heritage Lottery grant to invest in its facilities, has been closed to the public since last November (except for Steam Days and pre-booked group tours) in order to carry out refurbishments. It will reopen to the public on Friday 25th March (Good Friday).

Coldharbour Mill proudly supporting the Tivvy Bumper Sculpture Trail

Coldharbour Mill is delighted to be one of the first sponsors of the Tivvy Bumper Sculpture Trail for 2016.

As one of the stops on the original line the Tivvy Bumper was a crucial link for the Mill to the rest of the country and beyond to transport both raw and finished material.

The trail presents an excellent opportunity to explore the local area and enjoy it’s unique history.

The trail runs between July and October 2016.

Friends of Coldharbour Mill

Become a Friend and support the Mill

This Association of Mill enthusiasts exists to support the Mill in any way it can, by arranging craft and fund-raising activities putting relevant skills to good use on the mill site, organising and attending craft and leisure events at the mill and elsewhere, meeting for social interaction, discussion, and information exchange raising funds for projects at the Mill, payment of an annual subscription.

The Friends welcome all Mill visitors, supporters, and members of the local community. Membership is unrestricted and simply requires payment of the appropriate annual subscription, as agreed at the AGM held each March.

  • Benefits include
  • A regular newsletter and other news of Mill and Friends’ activities
  • Free admission to the Mill whenever it is open to the public
  • A discount on the purchase of Mill products sold in the shop and on line
  • Voting rights at any formal meetings.
  • There is also a 500 Club with a monthly draw for cash prizes.

So come on in!

Our Treasurer, Membership Secretary, or any committee member will be happy to supply the necessary forms – or just ask when you are visiting – we encourage GiftAid wherever that is possible, as we are an independent registered Charity, and can claim an additional sum at the basic income tax rate from donations by UK income – and Capital Gains – tax payers.

Get Involved


Get Involved

Why not join the team at Coldharbour – whether you are looking to join our steam team, work in the Mill gardens or become a tour guide – we’d love to hear from you.


Steam Team

With a wide range of ages and skills from computing to engineering to farming our group of volunteers have one thing in common – enthusiasm and commitment.
The Steam Team meet every Tuesday, from 19.00 to about 21.00 to maintain and improve the rare collection of steam exhibits at Coldharbour Mill Museum… but you will also find some of us with our engines on other days too!

Tour Guides

Do you love talking to people? Our visitors love an enthusiastic guide who can make their visit into a day to remember.
20 Blue weave


Join Ian our weaver in weaving the Devon tartan and bespoke rugs.

Friends of Coldharbour Mill

This is a group of like-minded people who have an interest in supporting the Mill and its activities.


tourcoachSet just 5 minutes drive from the M5, Coldharbour Mill is a convenient, informative and unique destination for group visits.

We cater for a wide range of interests from steam and water power,  industrial and military history, to weaving, spinning and wool craft. Visitors can discover the Mill at their own pace or we can arrange a tailored tour with one of our trained tour guides. We also welcome coaches to our waterside cafe which offers a delicious selection of hot and cold snacks, traditional Devon cream teas and delicious home-made cake.

The Mill is open 10am – 4pm daily  for pre-booked tours throughout the year and group organisers are welcome to make a free preliminary visit to discuss your individual needs.

A visit takes approximately 3 hours.

Minimum numbers apply.

Pricing 2018:
Entrance and self-guided visit                         £9.00 Adult
Entrance and self-guided visit                         £4.50 Junior
Entrance and Guided Tour                             £11.00 Adult
Entrance and Guided Tour                             £5.05 Junior

(Min group size 16 adults)

Please contact us on 01884 840960, by email info@coldharbourmill.org.uk