Easter Steam Up! Sunday 27th March

Enjoy a cracking Easter at Coldharbour!

Good Friday marks the grand reopening of Coldharbour Mill, Uffculme. After months of hard work over the winter the Mill come and see the new  new welcome centre funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Over the weekend there will be Easter themed childrens activities and a special Easter Steam Day where all the machinery will not only be powered by the waterwheel but by our very own Lancashire Boiler. – see the steam pages for more information on steam at Coldharbour. Our popular pop up cafe will be also on hand for refreshments throughout the whole weekend while the builders finish our exciting new cafe.


The new shop will also be open where a large range of gifts and items made at the Mill will be available to purchase

…. and don’t panic if you don’t see everything, from Easter the Mill will now open weekends!



Bus tours a big success on Steam Days!

New Year Success at Coldharbour

A record number of visitors to Coldharbour Mill’s New Year’s Steam Day kick-started its exciting plans for 2016. Despite the rain, visitors were treated to the sights and sounds of a working Mill taking wool to yarn and cloth exactly as it was in Victorian times.

Steam Curator John Jasper was delighted to see so many people:   “it was fantastic to see so many people at the Mill on such a cold and wet day – needless to say the Lancashire Boiler proved very popular not only demonstrating the making of steam to power the Mill but also to warm up cold and wet visitors.”

New for 2016 are the free historic bus tours organised by WHOTT (West Country Omnibus and Transport Trust) who are now based at the Mill. The 40 minute round trip also connects with the trains at Tiverton Parkway carrying those who come by train to and from the Mill.

The bus tours were repeated at the February Steam Day, and will be available again at the Easter Steam Day on Sunday 27th March. See the WHOTT website for timetable.

On Steam Days, local Jazz musician Charlie Hearnshaw provides a musical tour at 1pm,  using the sounds of the machines to compose imaginative improvised pieces with the various looms, line-shafting and spinning machines providing a percussive element to the pieces.

Also at Steam Days, the Culm Valley Model Railway Club displays its ‘SOLDOR’ layout, which can be operated by chidlren of all ages!

The Mill, recently awarded a Heritage Lottery grant to invest in its facilities, has been closed to the public since last November (except for Steam Days and pre-booked group tours) in order to carry out refurbishments. It will reopen to the public on Friday 25th March (Good Friday).

Coldharbour Mill proudly supporting the Tivvy Bumper Sculpture Trail

Coldharbour Mill is delighted to be one of the first sponsors of the Tivvy Bumper Sculpture Trail for 2016.

As one of the stops on the original line the Tivvy Bumper was a crucial link for the Mill to the rest of the country and beyond to transport both raw and finished material.

The trail presents an excellent opportunity to explore the local area and enjoy it’s unique history.

The trail runs between July and October 2016.

Friends of Coldharbour Mill

Join us and help to support Coldharbour Mill!

The Friends of Coldharbour Mill is an association of people who support the Mill, chiefly by raising funds for projects.

As a separate registered charity (No: 289991) the Friends are also able to provide third-party support funding to the Trust for grant applications.

Your support can be as simple as paying the annual subscription, especially if you live a distance from the Mill.  However, members who live close by can also help with fundraising activities, including coffee mornings, quizzes and other events, and by serving as members of the committee of trustees.

We welcome everyone – membership is unrestricted and simply requires payment of the appropriate annual subscription, as agreed at the AGM held each March.

The current annual subscription is £15 per person or £37 for a family of four.

Members receive a quarterly Newsletter and other updates about the Mill.

Other benefits include:

  • 50% discount on standard day entry price
  • 25% discount on Steam Day entry price
  • 10% discount on Mill products in the Mill Shop

on production of a valid membership card at the Mill Reception.

For an additional £5 per person, Friends can also take advantage of all the extra benefits of Mill Membership – instead of paying the full £20 fee.
These benefits include unlimited FREE entry to the Mill, including Steam Days.

So come on in and help us to support this heritage treasure!
To join, please email friendsofmill@btinternet.com to request an Application Form to be sent by post, or download and print a form below



The aim of the 500 Club is to provide a painless way of raising much needed funds for The Friends of Coldharbour Mill who use it to support Coldharbour Mill.

Each month there is a draw, and a prize pot is distributed between 4 lucky members and the same amount paid to the Friends. Currently £200 is distributed each month.

Lists of winners are published in the monthly Uffculme
Spotlight magazine and the Friends of Coldharbour Mill’s quarterly Newsletter.

To join, email friendsofmill@btinternet.com to request an Entry Form to be sent by post, or download and print a form below

The Friends of Coldharbour Mill are looking for new Trustees to join our committee.
We are keen to involve persons with a background in Fundraising and Marketing to aid with raising funds for Coldharbour Mill.

If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved email your enquiry to chiefexec@coldharbourmill.org.uk

Get Involved


Get Involved

Why not join the team at Coldharbour – whether you are looking to join our steam team, work in the Mill gardens or become a tour guide – we’d love to hear from you.


Steam Team

With a wide range of ages and skills from computing to engineering to farming our group of volunteers have one thing in common – enthusiasm and commitment.
The Steam Team meet every Tuesday, from 19.00 to about 21.00 to maintain and improve the rare collection of steam exhibits at Coldharbour Mill Museum… but you will also find some of us with our engines on other days too!

Tour Guides

Do you love talking to people? Our visitors love an enthusiastic guide who can make their visit into a day to remember.
20 Blue weave


Join Ian our weaver in weaving the Devon tartan and bespoke rugs.

Friends of Coldharbour Mill

This is a group of like-minded people who have an interest in supporting the Mill and its activities.


tourcoachSet just 5 minutes drive from the M5, Coldharbour Mill is a convenient, informative and unique destination for group visits.

We cater for a wide range of interests from steam and water power,  industrial and military history, to weaving, spinning and wool craft. Visitors can discover the Mill at their own pace or we can arrange a tailored tour with one of our trained tour guides. We also welcome coaches to our waterside cafe which offers a delicious selection of hot and cold snacks, traditional Devon cream teas and delicious home-made cake.

The Mill is open 10am – 4pm daily  for pre-booked tours throughout the year and group organisers are welcome to make a free preliminary visit to discuss your individual needs.

A visit takes approximately 3 hours.

Minimum numbers apply.

Pricing 2018:
Entrance and self-guided visit                         £9.00 Adult
Entrance and self-guided visit                         £4.50 Junior
Entrance and Guided Tour                             £11.00 Adult
Entrance and Guided Tour                             £5.05 Junior

(Min group size 16 adults)

Please contact us on 01884 840960, by email info@coldharbourmill.org.uk



The Mill Chimney

The Mill Chimney

At 38.4 metres this is the second chimney at the site.

The lower section is double skinned to give it strength and stability. Bonding the brickwork with lime mortar gives it flexibility enabling it to withstand high winds.

Two lightening conductors have been fitted.