Join the Town Mill community on 13th and 14th May for a weekend celebrating Lyme Regis’ beautifully restored, award-winning watermill. Coinciding with both Real Bread Week and National Mills Weekend, this year’s festival is a weekend-long event, packed with music, dancing, baking and art & craft activities, as well as the ever-popular miller-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 learn how to make a real fougasse loaf (a flatbread shaped like an ear of wheat, popularised by last year’s Great British Bake Off) to take home. Younger visitors will be encouraged to use Town Mill flour to make their own play dough, to keep little hands busy so their grown-ups can enjoy the entertainment.
Saturday 13th May:
11am: Working watermill open to the public
11:15am: Town Crier Alan Vian officially opens the event
11:30am: Uplyme Morris dancing in the courtyard
12:30pm: The Lyme Luggers – popular Ukulele Band
2:00pm: Acoustic duo, Hazel and David, perform blues, folk and contemporary music
Sunday 14th May:
11:30am and 1:00pm: Lym Delta Rhythmn Kings play with their handcrafted guitars, mandolins and ukuleles.
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 to celebrate with us”.
The Courtyard Café and Brewery Tap will be open throughout for refreshments, the creative artisans will also be open, and the Town Mill’s Courtyard Gallery will join in the milling theme with the second annual ‘MillFest Open’, an exhibition displaying 2D and 3D works about The Town Mill itself and about mills and milling in general. Over in The Malthouse, a specially devised exhibition showcases the work of renowned artist Robert Organ. All around the mill complex, expect to see local artists working ‘en plein air’, taking their inspiration from the historic mill, it’s attractive buildings and beautiful garden. There will also be printmaking, drawing and textile workshops running in the Community Room all weekend.