Open days

We will next open for the National Mills Weekend in May 2021

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Visitors to Burton Mill will see the restored flour dresser producing white bread flour and the 1880s Roller Mill crushing oats. We have a small exhibition on the history of Burton Mill and the restoration of the milling machinery.

We are always pleased to welcome mill enthusiasts at other times of the year. Please use the form on the contact page to arrange a visit.

The ‘Bald Explorer’ (Richard Vobes) visited Burton Mill and produced a short video of the mill in action.

Petworth Heritage Weekend, 19-20 September 2020

Our only public event of 2020 was a great success with over 200 visitors, despite the covid restrictions. As well as the milling demonstrations we had four stationary engines adding the the heritage atmosphere. A highlight was the arrival of the traction engine ‘Surprise’.

Petworth Heritage Weekend, 21-22 September 2019

The mill was open in partnership with other local heritage sites and welcomed a total of 315 visitors. We sold 90 bags of flour! As always it was interesting to hear more stories of the mill’s recent history. One visitor remembered the top floor of the mill being used as a garage where the chauffeur kept the owner’s Alvis.

Morgan 3-wheelers visit Burton Mill…

National Mills Weekend 12th May 2019

A record Mill’s Day with 114 visitors. One very special visitor was Mrs Mills (pictured), who in the late 1970s saved Burton Mill from dereliction and installed the millstones. Helped by her son William she operated the mill for about 10 years.

Heritage Open Days 16th September 2018

Our most successful open day yet with over 120 visitors. Recent dry weather prevented us running the turbine continuously but all our visitors saw some power generation and flour milling.

National Mills Weekend 13th May 2018

Over 70 visitors came to see the mill produce flour for the first time in many years. Over 30kg of flour was milled under the supervision of David Plunkett. Visitors were able to take away 500g bags of freshly ground flour. Plenty of recent rainfall allowed us to run the turbine all day – producing electricity when not grinding flour.