Braziers Cafe to open on Good Friday!

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.

Mill in Steam – Easter Monday

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

Mothers’ Day Steam

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.

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!