From Good Friday we will now be open 6 days a week from Tuesday to Sunday. The Mill will be working showing the how the industrial revolution simply transformed the woollen trade in Uffculme and how our Mill changed from a cottage industry to a company with international reputation – supporting the war effort and producing fabric for the rich and famous.
Open from 10.30 – 4.00 it is the perfect family day out.
Opening on Good Friday is the Braziers Café, where visitors can enjoy excellent coffee light lunches, cakes and cream teas. Following the success of their pop up café at the winter steam days the Wellington based coffee roasters are now in residence full time at the Mill and open to the public throughout the week. With no admission to the Mill required it makes a perfect destination for a walk, cycle or tour – and with free Wi-Fi it also makes the perfect place for an informal business meeting.
The Mill will also be in Steam on Easter Monday. Recognised as one of the best preserved textile mills in the country visitors can see the large Lancashire Boilers generating the steam to power the mill engines and restored beam engine held within the original engine house. Largely untouched since the Industrial Revolution and in production daily ever since, the Mill is the perfect way to bring history to life and see how the Victorians inspired todays industry and technology. It also tells the story of taking wool from sheep to needles with our yarn prepared and spun on heritage machinery. As well as steam, the Mill has its waterwheel dating from 1797 completing the history of power.
The steam team has also been busy over the winter restoring the carpenters shop and the Tangee engine now breathes life into this important part of the mill – and work is underway to restore the machinery and make once again the woodwork required to keep the Mill running.
Our Mill shop has also been stocked over the winter with our beautiful yarns, rugs and textiles as well as items relating to the wool trade.
Easter Steam Day – 10.30am – 4.00pm
Join our popular Easter trail – with Uffculme-based Willie’s Cacao donating the chocolate as the reward at the end of every completed trail.
Celebrate Mother’s Day with a unique day out with the whole family. We will be open from 10.30am – 4.00pm and in steam.
Why not start the day with morning coffee at our new Braziers Café? Run by Wellington-based coffee roasters Braziers the new café boasts some of the finest coffee in the South West guaranteeing you a great start to the day. And with no admission to the Mill required, you can enjoy sitting by the leat even if you are not entering the Mill.
Inside the Mill you will transported back in time to the Victorian age and the heart of the Industrial Revolution with our iconic Lancashire boiler in steam powering a number of period steam engines including our Kittoe and Brotherhood beam engine and rate Pollit & Wigzell 300hp Mill engine.
Coldharbour Mill is one of the oldest working woollen museums in the country – and recognised by Historic England as “one of the best preserved textile Mills in the country”. Today we produce daily 100% yarns and textiles using only heritage machinery and traditional techniques handed down by generations of craftspeople working at the Mill. A stroll round our factory demonstrates the process of taking fleece to yarn – and offers a unique hands-on experience for every visitor.
For lunch, why not treat your mother to lunch in the café followed by a stroll in the newly restored water meadows before returning to the Mill for a traditional cream tea.
Also available for younger visitors will be our children’s trail and popular model railway layout of the Culm Valley Line. We also have a model layout of Sodor where Thomas can be driven.
Our Mill shop will also be open selling our yarns and textiles together with other mementos to remember your day.