News – what’s happening at the mill?

Start of the Summer Season

After a long chilly winter the mill has been tidied, dusted and is now warm enough to welcome visitors. We will be open on Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th and Bank Holiday Monday 6th May from 11am – 4pm. Come and explore the only working windmill in Yorkshire and buy some stone-ground flour to try. We think it really is the best tasting flour there is!

Mini Millers 2019

Calling all mini millers, age 4 – 7 years – join us to learn about and explore our wonderful windmill through crafts, activities and games this season. See our events page for mini miller sessions on the 3rd Saturday of each month, May to October. The session runs from 10am – 11am and costs £3 per child. Children must be accompanied by an adult and pre-booking is essential as places are limited. Book via email at

Easter Opening

The windmill will be open on Easter Monday. Follow the bunny trail and solve the puzzle to win an Easter prize. Be ready for lots of climbing and fun while exploring this amazing historic windmill. Standard admission charge applies; £3 per adult, £1 for children 5-18 years, free for HWPS members, plus 50p per child for the Easter Trail activity, all ages welcome. No pre-booking required.

Pancake Day at the Mill

The mill is open on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd March from 11am until 4pm. Do come and look round the oldest 5-sailed mill in the country. Adults £3, children 5 – 18yrs £1. Under fives and HWPS members free. Plus on Sunday morning we will be holding Pancake Day at the mill. From 11am there will be freshly cooked pancakes, tea, coffee and juice (small charge applies) until the batter runs out – so come early and join in the fun.

Residents’ First Weekend

This weekend the mill is taking part in the city-wide Residents’ First Festival. It will be open on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th from 11am until 4pm. Admission will be free for York residents – please bring your library card or utility bill as proof of residence. Normal admission charges apply for non-residents.

Rich Fruit and Guinness Cake

Ingredients 8 oz butter 8 oz soft dark brown sugar 4 eggs (lightly beaten) 10 oz Holgate wheat flour, 2 tsp mixed spice (sieved or mixed together) 1 lb 8 oz mixed dried fruit About half a bottle of Guinness Method Preheat oven to 160C/gas mark 3. Cream butter and sugar. Gradually beat in eggs. Fold in flour and mixed spice. Add dried fruit and stir in well. Stir in enough Guinness to make a soft dropping consistency. Put in a parchment lined 7” round tin ( preferably not loose based) Bake for one hour then reduce to Gas Mark 2/150 C and bake for a further 1.5 Read More …

Holgate Windmill Preservation Society AGM

All of our members are invited to our Annual General Meeting next Friday 30th November at 7.00pm. The venue is The Holgate, 6, New Lane, Holgate, YO24 4NT. Following the AGM we are delighted to welcome Rob Shorland-Ball who will be presenting his fascinating talk entitled ‘1900 – The largest roller flour mill in Europe:Leetham’s Mill, Hungate, York.’ We hope to see you there.

Making a Holgate Miller’s Smock

Would you like to make a smock like the one Holgate millers wear? Here it is. The design is basically an 18th century man’s shirt (think Poldark). A 5/8” seam allowance is included in these dimensions. It’s assumed you have experience of sewing. Everything is cut from rectangles. Fabric pieces Cut from white cotton or cotton/polyester such as a sheet: One rectangle for front, 26” wide by 30” long (or your preferred length plus 2” for hem). One rectangle for back, same size. Two rectangles for sleeves, 23” wide and as long as the distance from your shoulder to knuckles. Two Read More …

Santa at the Mill

Our very popular Santa at the Mill event is returning this year. Come and visit Santa, indulge in mince pies and hot mulled apple juice and see our mill beautifully decked out for the festive season. £5 per child including a present from Santa, adults free but donations welcome for mince pies and juice. There is no need to book but you may have to wait at busy times. We are open on Saturday 1st, Sunday 2nd and Saturday 8th December from 2pm to 4pm and Sunday 9th December from 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm