National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of the UK's milling heritage, co-ordinated by the Mills Section. It offers everyone the chance to visit windmills and watermills that are not normally open to the public and to take part in special events.
A full list of mills taking part in National Mills Weekend can be found on our dedicated website. The site is being updated on an ongoing basis in the run-up to the weekend, so keep checking for the latest information and any new participating mills.
This year we are celebrating 'Mills in Art', and we want to see your artworks! To enter our competition, all you need to do is to send us your windmill or watermill inspired artwork, in any medium, by 31 May 2014. There are two categories: Adult, and Under 16. Winning entries will receive two years' free individual membership of the SPAB Mills Section* (worth £70), or of the Young Millers for under-16s, and free copies of Martin Watts's books on 'Windmills' and 'Watermills' published by Shire Books.
How to enter
Download and complete the entry form, and return with your artwork by post or email by 31 May 2014.
- By post: Mills Section, SPAB, 37 Spital Square, London, E1 6DY
- By email (including scans or photographs of physical artworks): email@example.com
* For existing members of the Mills Section an alternative prize will be available of two free places at a Mills Section meeting.
To register to take part in National Mills Weekend, all you need to do is to go over to the National Mills Weekend website, check if your mill is listed and if the information is correct, and follow the instructions to contact the webmaster with any amendments or additions.
You can take part for any length of time on either or both days, and only need to open your doors and welcome visitors. However, you may also consider organising family activities, or perhaps running a joint event with other mills in your area. If you do plan to run activities, we would recommend that you link them to our theme for 2014 of 'Mills in Art' or to the Real Bread Campaign's 'Real Bread Maker Week'.
More information and guidance will be made available to participating mills in early March in our support pack, which will include:
- marketing and PR advice and templates
- guidance on running events
- contact details for local support and networking
To make sure that you receive the latest information, please email us with the name of your mill and your contact details, and we'll add you to our mailing list.