Steam Day – This Sunday

Join us at Coldharbour Mill on Sunday 11th February when we will be bringing the Mill into Steam to make one of the finest sights in Devon.

Open from 10.30 – 4.00pm the Mill’s factory engines and beam engine will be running together with heritage spinning and weaving machinery giving visitors the opportunity to experience life and manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution. Our team will be on hand to answer questions and provide tours of the Mill which is recognised as one of the oldest and best preserved examples of Victorian industry still in daily use.

Also joining us on the steam day will be local coffee roasters Braziers who will be serving their fine coffee and refreshments ahead of joining the Mill full time in March when they open their latest café next to the leat.

Coldharbour Mill is perfect for all ages with children’s trails and our popular model railway layout of the Culm Valley Line available all day.

Learning and Community Engagement Officer

We are seeking to appoint an experienced learning practitioner with a passion for designing and delivering innovative learning programmes. In this exciting time of development and expansion, the we wish to consolidate and build on our successful education provision through consultation, creative resource and programme development as well as effective evaluation.

This is an exciting opportunity to create, develop and lead a newly-formed learning programme at Coldharbour Mill. There couldn’t be a better time to become involved as the mill progresses into a new phase of life and education is one of the main areas being developed.

The Learning and Community Engagement Officer will be responsible for the development and delivery of creative learning programmes for all ages. This is a new role devised to facilitate the delivery of the Mill’s new 5-Year Education Strategy. You will lead the development and delivery of consistent, inspirational, high-quality content for families and adult visitors, as well as schools, universities, communities and interest groups.

Full information can be found on our vacancies page –

New Years Day Steam Day

Don’t forget the mill will be open between 10.30 and 4.00 and in full steam on New Years Day –
The full team will be on hand spinning, weaving and running the mill engines – while the Cafe will be serving mulled wine and warming snacks, teas and coffees to keep the cold away and welcome in the new year.

We’re Looking Forward to the Fayre on Sunday

Come and Join us this Sunday at our Steam Day and Christmas Fayre. You’ll find a wide range of inspirational gifts and treats from a number of local providers. The mill will also be in full steam producing our yarn and cloth ready for your Christmas Knits and crafts. Also we will be continuing the 150th Celebrations of our Kittoe & Brotherhood Beam Engine with Matt Down of Peter Brotherhood ltd who will be on hand to answer all your questions about the beam engine and how it has influenced today’s engineering solutions. Hope to see you there!

Half Term Fun

Bring the industrial revolution to life at Coldharbour Mill this Half Term

Coldharbour Mill is opening its doors this half term and inviting people to experience a working Victorian woolen mill. Open from Tuesday to Sunday and both weekends during half term the mill will be producing its beautiful yarns and textiles on their heritage looms as well as telling the story of the Industrial revolution.

Climaxing on Sunday 29th October with a steam day and the unveiling of the new Culm Valley Light railway model railway layout there is something for everyone.

Refreshments will be available from the Riverside Café which offers light lunches, morning coffee and afternoon tea for all the family. (Admission to the mill is not required). While those thinking about Christmas or winter crafting can purchase yarn and gifts from the mill shop.

Brass, Steam and Vehicles here on Sunday September 24th

Bring the industrial revolution to life and enjoy a great day out at Coldharbour Mill’s steam day on this Sunday - Sunday 24th September.

Starting at 10.30am the steam team will be firing the boilers and running the heritage machinery to provide visitors with a hands-on experience of a mill driven by steam and how the industrial revolution changed manufacturing for ever.

During the day there will be demonstrations of yarn and textile production and also a display of vintage and classic vehicles driving to the mill from around the country. Visitors will also be treated to a concert by Tiverton Town Band at 1.30pm, courtesy of Wellington Rotary Club, when a wide range of music will be played – why not bring some lunch and sit and enjoy some of your favourite melodies.

The waterside café will also be open for morning coffee, cakes, light lunches and cream teas. It will also be serving our new children’s lunch box for younger visitors. The mill shop will also be open selling a range of mill produced items to remember your day - don't forget to check out the new Wild Devon collection!


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.