Woodbridge Tide Mill re-opens after a busy winter
Woodbridge Tide Mill Living Museum officially re-opens on the weekend of Friday 29th - Sunday 31st March. For these three days visitors will only be charged £1 entry and children go free.
For the first time this winter the Mill opened occasionally for Milling Demonstrations which have proved very popular. New Head Miller; Dan Tarrant-Willis came up with the idea of these Demonstrations as he was milling to satisfy the Mill’s flour customers and thought ‘why not let people watch’. On 27 occasions he opened the Mill to let visitors see it in action. A mild winter helped attract numerous new visitors during this normally quiet time.
As well as continuing with a full schedule of Wheel Turnings and Milling Demos, the Mill is planning a number of other new developments to raise its profile and generate more visitors. The team is also keen to encourage people to support the Mill by becoming Friends of The Tide Mill. These include working closely with the Long Shed and Woodbridge Museum to attract footfall, holding more events at the Mill, continuing to support local events like the Regatta, Beowulf and Shuck Festival as well as offering the Mill for event hire. It also wants to encourage those with an interest in it to keep an eye on the website and follow its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages to keep up to date with activities.
Chairman of Trustees John Carrington commented “Dan’s initiative has highlighted the popularity of seeing the Mill in action and the opportunity we have to review our traditional closed season. Visitors provide the majority of our funding and so we can really use the extra income that this provides. The Mill costs around £5,000 per month to run and this doesn’t cover the funds we have to put aside for significant periodic maintenance. So we need to give visitors what they want”.