National Mills Weekend at Avoncroft Museum

Join Avoncroft’s team of specially trained volunteers on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th May when they sail the Museum’s iconic 19th century windmill in a national celebration of our milling heritage.

Visitors are invited to come and watch as volunteers check the weather conditions, prime the windmill and set its sails to allow the postmill, which dates from the early 19th century, to turn.  This will be subject to weather conditions, but volunteers will be available to give tours of the mill whatever the weather.

The windmill, originally from Danzey Green in Warwickshire, hit the headlines in January 2012 when it was seriously damaged in high winds.  Since then it has been repaired and is now in full working order.
There will also be a demonstration of traditional bread making in the historic Toll house, which is furnished as it would have appeared in the 19th century and has an original wood-fired oven and an open fire griddle used for cooking in Victorian times.

Avoncroft Museum is England’s first open-air museum and home to 30 historic buildings and structures which have been rescued and re-built in rural Worcestershire.  It is set in over 19 acres of grounds and includes a wildflower meadow, a traditional cider and perry orchard and period gardens.

Admission prices are £8.80 for adults, £7.70 for seniors and £4.50 for children.  Avoncroft Museum members are admitted free of charge.

For further media enquiries please contact Chris Everall on 01527 831363 or 07796 500590 or email business@avoncroft.org.uk.

 

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