Historic mill open day

PUBLISHED: 09:48 15 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 31 May 2010

A HISTORIC mill in Hinxton is opening its doors to the public for National Mills Weekend next month. The 17th century watermill will be open from 2.30pm to 5.30pm on Sunday May 11, for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB s) annual e

A HISTORIC mill in Hinxton is opening its doors to the public for National Mills Weekend next month.

The 17th century watermill will be open from 2.30pm to 5.30pm on Sunday May 11, for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings' (SPAB's) annual event.

More than 300 mills across the country are taking part in National Mills Weekend, many of which will be running family events and activities.

Simon Hudson, of SPAB's mills section, said: "This event has grown year on year. We are delighted that so many mills are taking part in 2008. The popularity of National Mills Weekend shows how important these wonderful buildings are, both in terms of our national heritage and our landscape. And, with increasing interest in natural food production and sustainable power sources it's hardly surprising that people want to find out more."

Anybody interested in traditional foods and artisan food production should also consider attending the first Real Food Festival, taking place in Earls Court, London, from April 24 to 27.

A large number of different organisations will be represented at the festival, from the Traditional Cornmillers Guild, to cookery schools, to English winemakers.

To find out more about the festival visit www.realfoodfestival.co.uk.

Admission to Hinxton Watermill on Sunday May 11 will be £1.50 for adults, 50p for children and free for members of the Cambridge Preservation Society.

More open days are planned for throughout the summer.

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