Calbourne is one of the oldest working mills in the country and dates back almost 1000 years to the Domesday Book. See how flour and ground oats are made, then buy bread and muesli made from these in the café, or bags for your own baking.
Feed the peacocks, geese, ducks, moorhens and doves then explore the beautiful ancient oak woodland which is home to badgers, red squirrels and foxes and is full of wild flowers.
The stream at the bottom of the hill, behind the café, is home to eels and the fish in the mill stream are always hungry. Buy a bag of fish food and watch them almost leap out of the water to get it!
There’s a small war museum that has an enormous sculptured model of Churchill and a barn full of kitchenalia, including vintage cookers and washing machines. ‘Housekeeping with Grandma,’ is an especially amusing exhibition and a fake fire station has mannequin fire fighters.
Make models from air drying clay in the family Clay-play area and Logo Tables and a Giant Chalkboard for kids. Play adventure golf by the side of the mill stream or have a go at croquet or petanque. Hire a punt if you’d like a relaxing float down the stream or a pedalo if you’ve got more energy.
The fully licensed café serves daily specials, sandwiches, freshly made soup, pancakes, and a children’s selection, along with homemade cakes and yummy cream teas and there’s a great gift shop too.