Heatherslaw Mill What to do
This fascinating working museum still grinds corn from the local fields on the Ford and Etal estates, much as it has done for centuries.
Explore the Mill
Take your time discovering the mill – from the exhibition on a miller’s life at the top, down the wooden stairs, past the creaking wheels and turning cogs to the giant grinding millstones and the water wheel itself.
Lots of activities for all ages, including:
- activity and quiz sheets
- Victorian handling objects
- dressing up clothes
- Victorian 'home' corner.
Find out about the history of milling and the lives of millers and their families in days gone by, local food and farming, local history including the Bondager system and wildlife in the area.
The gift shop has a full range of flour from the mill, as well as locally-baked bread, biscuits and cakes. It also offers work by local artists, toys, gifts, games and much more. You can also buy mill produce online.
Sample the freshly-baked scones and fantastic cakes made using mill produce in the tearoom based in the old malting house. A full range of sandwiches, soup, and children’s portions available.
Just across the road from Heatherslaw Mill, the Visitor Centre provides information about Ford & Etal Estates as well as the attractions in the surrounding areas of North Northumberland and the Scottish Borders. It also has information on walking and cycling trails and work from the many talented craft producers of Ford & Etal.
Over the Iron bridge, the Heatherslaw Light Railway winds gently from the Mill down to the 14th Century Etal Castle following the River Till. A firm favourite with families and enthusiasts alike, the railway runs daily from April to October.