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Open Days and Events in 2020

2020 is a special year for Holgate Windmill as it is our 250th anniversary. In order to celebrate this milestone there a number of special anniversary events being held throughout the year which are now posted in the events calendar. The first of these is York Residents Weekend on the 25th and 26th January when residents of York can get into the mill free as long as they bring along a form of ID. If you are planning on coming to several of the events it might be worthwhile considering taking out a membership which is a one off payment Read More …

Santa at the Mill

Santa will be at the windmill again this year! He will be in residence on Saturday 7th, Sunday 8th and Saturday 14th December from 2pm to 4pm and Sunday 15th December from 10am – 12pm and 2pm – 4pm The cost is £5 per child and includes a present from Santa,  adults are free but donations are welcome. There is no need to book but please be aware that you may have to wait at busy times.

October Open Days

The windmill shop is open every Saturday between 10:00 to 12:00 to buy our flour and other windmill related gifts including local honey. The windmill is open for visitors on Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th October (which is the last open day of the year). Opening times are 11am until 4pm. Calling all Mini Millers (children 4-7 years old)- the last session for the year will be on Saturday 19th October when you will be looking at the Power of Wind. If interested please contact

September Open Days

The windmill shop is open every Saturday between 10:00 to 12:00 to buy our flour. If you want to look round the mill it is open for visitors on Saturday 7th, Sunday 8th, Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September. Opening times are 11am until 4pm. Mini Millers (for children 4-7 years old) will be baking bread on Saturday 21st September. If interested please contact

August Open Days

The mill will be open on Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August. Opening times are 11am until 4pm. We will also be open on 26th Bank Holiday Monday. Come and see the only working windmill in Yorkshire. Adults only £3, children 5 – 18yrs £1 and under 5s get in free.

Folic Acid debate – your help is needed

As you may have heard, the Government has been considering whether to introduce legislation to fortify all flour with folic acid. If the proposals are adopted this could prohibit any unfortified flour being sold for human consumption in this country. As small-scale flour producers traditional corn millers, such as Holgate Windmill, will find fortification of flour very difficult, if not beyond their capability, without a major investment in expensive new equipment which may even be impossible to install given space constraints and the listed building status of their windmill or watermill. The inability to sell flour could potentially see the Read More …

A Busy July at the Mill

Join us at the mill for a fun-packed July. The mill will be open on Saturday 6th, Sunday 7th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st from 11am until 4pm. If the wind is blowing you may see the sails turning and cogs whirring. Our Minimillers group will be looking at cogs and gears on Saturday 20th – see the minimillers page for more details and sign up. Plus the mill shop will be open every Saturday morning from 10am – 12pm for our stoneground wheat and spelt flour, yeast, aprons, teatowels, greetings cards and lots more mill goodies.

Mill Open Tomorrow

The mill will be open tomorrow, Saturday 1st June, and Sunday 2nd June from 11am until 4pm. It will also be open on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June. Come and see how we produce traditional stone-ground wholemeal flour.

May Open Days

The mill will be open on Saturday 18th, Sunday 19th May and Bank Holiday Monday 27th from 11am – 4pm. Visit the mill and see our new exhibition Magic Millstones: From Grain to Flour to find out the trade secrets of turning grain into our tasty wholemeal flour. And don’t forget you can purchase our flour and other mill gifts during open days and each Saturday morning from 10am – 12pm