Welcome to Holgate Windmill

Entomology at the Mill (1st to 30th June)

Insects are one of the most fascinating and important groups in the animal kingdom. Want to know more? Come and view our fascinating Exhibition “Entomology at the Mill” produced by Anna Cook for the Festival of Ideas which takes place from 1 to 14 June and the exhibition will be on display in the mill to the end of June.

Would you like Batman in your garden? On Sat 1st and 15th (1-4pm) there will be activity sessions were you can make your own hoverfly lagoon and explore the bugs in the wildflowers around the mill

Holgate Windmill, York’s last surviving windmill and the oldest 5-sailed windmill in the country is now fully restored and producing traditional stone-ground flour.

Ever wondered how a Windmill Works? 


Holgate Windmill is open for visitors every Saturday from 6th April to 26th October from 10:00 to 16:00

We are also open Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10:00 to 12:00 when the mill will be in operation.

The entrance fee is £5.00 (those under 16 years old are free), or take an annual membership with unlimited visits – £10.00 for an individual, £15.00 for a household.


Holgate Windmill is a charity run purely by volunteers.  We depend on income we can generate ourselves and donations given to support our work.  If you would like to help and support us, a donation would be greatly appreciated. Please click the button below and thank you.

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6 days ago

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It's Volunteers Week! Which seems a good moment to say thank you to our army of volunteers who keep the mill running. They do everything from milling to cash tilling, and love every moment!

One was so kind as to say: 'Absolutely love volunteering. Wonderful to be involved in keeping the windmill and its many stories alive. Great team of people as well!
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7 days ago

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We've gained a couple of extra wheels! Can anyone lay claim to this fine-looking bike? ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

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Bees, hoverflies, beetles, grasshoppers, ladybirds, lacewings... all vital to our biodiversity, and all tiny buzzing neighbours of the mill. Drop in to Anna Cook's Entomology at the Mill exhibition on all June to get a closer look at the nature right under our noses. On 15 June (1-4) there's even a chance to make a hoverfly lagoon! #yorkfestivalofideas ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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Mill merch! It's a thing! So you don't forget your favourite windmill when you're far away, we've produced a selection of fridge magnets for your delectation. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

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Ask not what your windmill can do for you... Did you know Holgate Windmill is run purely by volunteers? And that volunteering is a great way of making new friends, learning new skills and making a contribution? To get a feel for what would be involved come to our informal drop-in session this Saturday (18 May) 10am til 4pm for a cuppa and a chat. ... See MoreSee Less

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