Celebrate 150th birthday of Coldharbour Mills Unique Beam Engine

Celebrate 150th birthday of Coldharbour Mills Unique Beam Engine

We will be firing the boilers for a Bank Holiday Monday treat when we celebrate one of our oldest steam engines and the only one preserved in the world.

Starting at 10.30 a wide number of engines will be in steam – including the only preserved Kittoe and Brotherhood beam engine in existence – and 150 years old this year. Built in 1867 the four column engine was originally used by the Albion Brewery in Whitechapel Road, Bethnal Green before falling into disrepair.  Rescued by the Science Museum it has now been lovingly restored by our steam team and is now a fully working exhibit – housed in the original beam engine house on site.

You can also enjoy a fully hands-on opportunity to see how wool is made into the our own yarn and textiles. You will also get the unique opportunity to see and experience first-hand how the Victorians revolutionised textile manufacturing by harnessing steam to turn this once cottage industry into a thriving textile mill supplying yarn and cloth throughout the world.

Light refreshments will be available throughout the day at the café and the shop will also be open selling a wide range of the our cloth and knitting yarns – including the new Wild Devon Collection launched earlier this year. For younger visitors there is a children’s trail throughout the mill.

Set just 5 minutes from the M5 on the banks of the River Culm at Uffculme Coldharbour Mill is one of the oldest working woollen mills having been in continuous production since 1787 – and a must for both steam and heritage enthusiasts. Today, the Mill continues to manufacture high quality yarn and cloth using traditional methods and power sources – including steam.

Summer Exhibitions

Did you know we currently have two fascinating exhibitions running at the mill until 31st August?

An exhibition of Industrial Abstract Art in which there is some intriguing recycling of factory artefacts! This is a work in progress by Neil Elliss-Brookes, our Artist in Residence.
The Foxes - a Family Business
Interesting insights into the history of the family that founded Coldharbour Mill, and their important contribution to the social and industrial heritage of the cloth trade of South West England.

Art Space

Fox Family Exhibition

Art Space

Supporting Get Kids Out Learning

This year we are delighted to be supporting the ‘get kids out learning’ campaign. We all know that the Summer months can be a time when children quickly get bored so have teamed up with the Get Kids out learning to promote Coldharbour Mill not just as a educational attraction but a place to create more memorable family moments.

Why not visit us to see what makes Coldharbour Mill so special.

More educational attractions can be found on their website: https://tutora.co.uk/get-kids-out-learning, or by clicking the logo below.


New Wild Devon Collection Now in Stock

Wild Devon Collection

Eleven beautiful colours inspired by the changing Devon seasons

Introducing our new Wild Devon Collection of beautiful 100% yarn. Available in both Aran and Double Knitting the 9 new colours have been inspired by the countryside around the Mill and are spun on our heritage machinery using traditional methods. From Soothing Mallow to hot and vibrant Brimstone and Pimpernel the new collection reflects the trends of the catwalk and compliment each other beautifully for more complex patterns. Available on line or in the Mill shop we are sure these will be popular.