MillFest to celebrate award-winning watermill

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Volunteer millers pictured in the historic Town Mill in Lyme Regis

ALL are invited to join the Town Mill this weekend for a weekend of celebrations at the restored, award-winning watermill.

Coinciding with National Mills Weekend, this year’s MillFest will be a weekend-long event over May 12 and 13, packed with music, baking and art and craft activities, as well as the ever-popular guided tours of the watermill itself and the opportunity to take home freshly-milled flour.

Visitors to the mill this weekend will get the opportunity to find out more about the role of the mill in local life over the centuries and will be invited to sample bread and baked goods made with Town Mill flour. Younger visitors will be encouraged to use Town Mill flour to make their own ‘Floury Friends’ stress balls and to decorate biscuits, to keep little hands busy so their grown-ups can enjoy the entertainment.

The volunteers at the Town Mill have just completed another restoration project – this time to recommission a set of French burr stones. Having a second set of millstones in operation will mean the mill can improve its flour production process to meet the ever-increasing demand for Town Mill Flour, and millers can demonstrate an interesting additional historic milling process to visitors.

The burr stones will be officially launched at 1.30pm on Saturday, May 12.

Gary Willis, chairman of the charitable trust which has looked after the Town Mill since it was restored from dereliction, said: “National Mills Weekend is a fantastic opportunity for people to explore their local heritage and enjoy everything that the Town Mill has to offer. There’s a great line up of entertainment and interesting activities to try out, and we look forward to welcoming visitors and supporters past and present to celebrate with us”.

The Courtyard Café and Lyme Regis Brewery Tap will be open throughout for refreshments, and the creative artisans will also be showcasing their talents. Over in the Malthouse Gallery, visit a specially devised exhibition of the work of renowned artist Kate Westbrook, and in the Courtyard Gallery, Nigel Sharman showcases his recent work.

Other events will include pot throwing and performances from bands HiDDeN and Natterjax.

For more information about MillFest, visit

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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