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.


Summer Exhibitions

Did you know we currently have two fascinating exhibitions running at the mill until 31st August?

ARTSPACE
An exhibition of Industrial Abstract Art in which there is some intriguing recycling of factory artefacts! This is a work in progress by Neil Elliss-Brookes, our Artist in Residence.
The Foxes - a Family Business
Interesting insights into the history of the family that founded Coldharbour Mill, and their important contribution to the social and industrial heritage of the cloth trade of South West England.

Art Space

Fox Family Exhibition

Art Space


Supporting Get Kids Out Learning

This year we are delighted to be supporting the ‘get kids out learning’ campaign. We all know that the Summer months can be a time when children quickly get bored so have teamed up with the Get Kids out learning to promote Coldharbour Mill not just as a educational attraction but a place to create more memorable family moments.

Why not visit us to see what makes Coldharbour Mill so special.

More educational attractions can be found on their website: https://tutora.co.uk/get-kids-out-learning, or by clicking the logo below.

 


New Wild Devon Collection Now in Stock

Wild Devon Collection

Eleven beautiful colours inspired by the changing Devon seasons

Introducing our new Wild Devon Collection of beautiful 100% yarn. Available in both Aran and Double Knitting the 9 new colours have been inspired by the countryside around the Mill and are spun on our heritage machinery using traditional methods. From Soothing Mallow to hot and vibrant Brimstone and Pimpernel the new collection reflects the trends of the catwalk and compliment each other beautifully for more complex patterns. Available on line or in the Mill shop we are sure these will be popular.


Bridge Renovation Now Complete Thanks to Community Fund Win

You may recall that in May 2016 the museum received £1,000 from RGB to spend on essential building materials. We are delighted to say, thanks to our team of volunteers the bridge across the stream, which joins the car park to the Mill is now complete. The win allowed us to replace all the timbers which were damaged and add anti-slip strips to improve the access. Repairs to the underside of the bridge were also made and LED lighting was added thanks to additional fundraising.

Jackie Dawkins, Trustee at Coldharbour Mill Museum highlights the importance of this win to the Mill “Due to the nature and age of the Mill it does need continuous maintenance, but as we are a not for profit museum, we rely solely on donations and grants. We’re therefore extremely grateful to RGB Building Supplies for supporting us with the Community Fund. The repairs were completed by a team of our volunteers, headed up by John Chilcott, who all did a fantastic job.”

Geoff Dobbs, Branch Manager at RGB Tiverton, adds:  “This is just the type of project our Well Built Community Fund is there to support and we were delighted to return to Coldharbour Mill to see the difference the donation of materials has made.”

Come and see our new bridge when you next visit Coldharbour Mill – we think you will agree that thanks to RGB and our volunteers the bridge will be safe again for years to come.


Coldharbour Mill Exhibition at the Brewhouse Taunton

We are delighted that our friends at the Wellington Camera Club are presenting an exhibition of their photographs taken at Coldharbour Mill at Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre. Running from the 7th August to the 16th September this exhibition documents our work at the Mill.

The exhibition is open during box office hours – but note it may be available during performances. For more information visit the events web page: https://www.thebrewhouse.net/event/coldharbour-mill-exhibition/


Volunteer Opportunity – Weaving and Spinning

 

As a Working Wool Museum, Coldharbour Mill produces yarns and fabrics on 19th century machinery, both to demonstrate the processes to visitors and to provide products which are sold in the Mill Shop to generate much-needed funds for the Museum to continue its heritage work.

We are looking for volunteers to help make our artisan yarn and cloth.  All we you need is enthusiasm and commitment and we’ll train you on our beautiful heritage machinery.

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