NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK 1st -7th June

Ever thought of Volunteering?

Volunteering is a fantastic way of supporting Coldharbour Mill, meeting new friends and learning life long skills. Whether you can spare a few hours a week or some time once in a while, we would love you to join our team.

Examples of some of the areas you could help Coldharbour Mill include Stewards/Tour guides, becoming part of the Steam Team, helping in the Shop, supporting the Education Programme, Maintenance, Gardening, Factory Production, Office & Admin, Events & Publicity & Shows, Cafe, Fund-raising, Park Stewards. You could also become a trustee.

We are also looking for Volunteer Knitters to knit items for the shop that showcase our fantastic yarns – if you are interested, please contact Ben for your FREE Wool & Patterns! for NEW Volunteer Knitters

If you would like to discuss further or arrange a Taster Session please contact Ben Fox: Volunteer Coordinator ben.fox@coldharbourmill.org.uk

To the 50 Existing Mill Volunteers : Many, Many Thanks for all your volunteering help – however BIG or small!


Volunteer Open Day

Sunday 12th March

Volunteers wanted! – Your help needed!

Coldharbour Mill is looking to recruit a further 50 volunteers for the coming season, with a wide range of skill sets required, if you have an interest and some spare time why not come along to our open afternoon for volunteers o Sunday 12th March at 2.30pm, you’ll get the chance to hear whats happing at the mill, where we are going, how you can help and get a guided tour to wet your appetite.

We are looking for volunteers who are interested as:

Tour guides, weavers, spinners, Social media, web site management, Public Relations, Marketing, Administration, volunteer team leaders, maintenance of all kinds decorators, cleaners, metal worker, carpentry, Interpreters, retail, catering, reception, steam enthusiasts, gardeners, scrub clearers, painters, artists,


Woolly Walkabout 28th October – Half Term Fun

We are flighted to be hosting the very first Woolly Walkabout this Autumn half term, so why not don your walking boots, join us for a meander down the old railway line and discover the historic sluice system!

Join us on the 28th October from 1pm – 3pm at Coldharbour Mill car park.

All ages are invited to not only get walking in the big outdoors but discover parts of our magnificent Mill and the untold history of the Mill train. This special afternoon out is for all the family to enjoy and includes a woolly trail, where children (and big kids) are sure to find all sorts of knitted beasts and bugs, lurking in the hedgerow.

With all the walking and running around, a complimentary hot chocolate will be waiting for you at our Waterside Cafe, you may even be tempted with a cake or two! What better location next to the river Culm and in the shadow of Coldharbour Mill to round off your autumn stroll?

Mill Manager, Ian will take you on an adventure to the Great Weir, explain how this rare sluice system once powered the Mill in the Victorian era and reveal the story of the lost railway, and its links to the village of Uffculme.

Car parking is free, but to support the regeneration of the Mill, a minimum donation of £2 per person is required, this does also include a yummy hot chocolate! 


Halloween Trail

Be ready to be spooked at Coldharbour Mill this October Half Term with our scary Mill trail.

Keep an eye out for any ghostly ghouls during your visit round our Mill, you never know what’s lurking around the corner!


Woolly Craft Fair – 16th October

Why not close wool week and put wool centre stage this Autumn and will be host to our Woolly Craft Fair, where an array of West Country based woollen crafters will be showcasing their craft. Join us for a great day out on the 16th October from 10am – 4pm at Coldharbour Mill. You’re entry to the fair includes access to the Mill and a place on a Mill tour, where you’ll catch a glimpse of our machines working!

The West Country is becoming a hive of woolly activity again with plenty of thriving businesses, which will be showcased at this event. It’s a great opportunity to stock up on wonderful yarn for that special project, buy that unique gift for someone special or just be inspired to get your needles going again.

While away a few hours in this special place and see Coldharbour Mill evolve into a hub of creativity and learning for all.

After all that, why not pop into our Waterside Café during your woolly day out, what better location next to the river Culm and in the shadow of Coldharbour Mill? The café team will be working hard to bake a selection of fresh, yummy cakes and scrumptious sandwiches whilst you plan your next creative creation!

Normal admission applies, which does include access to the Mill, engines and tours of the factory that run throughout the day.


Join us for our September Steam Day

For all Steam enthusiasts large and small make a date at Coldharbour Mill for our September steam day when our steam team be lighting the boilers and running  the Mill by steam. Steam powered from 1865, today Coldharbour Mill still has most of the original machinery rescued when the Mill closed in 1981 and is now beautifully preserved regularly running on Steam Days.

Open from 10.30 until 4pm a Steam Day at Coldharbour is a unique experience for all the family to bring history to life with visitors able to experience steam power first hand with a genuine 1910 Lancashire boiler generating the steam to run the Mill.  Amongst the engines in steam will be will be the Brotherhood Beam Engine and the rare Pollit and Wigzell mill engine which demonstrated how the factory translated steam into power to run the mill engines across the factory. The waterwheel will also be in action.

Inside the Mill visitors will be invited to follow the journey of wool from fleece to carpets, rugs and Coldharbour Mills own knitting yarn lovingly produced on a wide range of heritage looms and machinery.  For younger visitors the sheep trail will be available at no extra cost.

Throughout the day the Waterside café will be open serving a range of homemade hot and hold snacks, morning coffee and afternoon tea. There is also a dedicated picnic area by the mill stream.

Hope to see you there!