Having survived two storms thanks to the dedication of volunteers and staff, Bursledon Windmill is spinning its way into the 2020 season with an opening weekend of family crafts, woodland walks and windmill tours. Taking place between Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 March 2020, the windmill will have a range of activities for all the family to enjoy, as well as a chance to learn more about founding miller Phoebe Langtry, coinciding with International Women’s Day.
Further things to do on opening weekend include make-and-take activities such as making a whirly windmill, a brass rubbing trail and creating a picture frame. Craft activities are priced at £1.50 each and Windmill tours will run between 10.30 - 3.30pm all weekend, with normal charges applying.
Bursledon Windmill is Hampshire’s only working windmill and provides a fascinating glimpse into the county’s milling history. Rebuilt in 1814 by the celebrated Phoebe Langtry, whose work without a doubt saved the windmill after a period of dereliction, Burseldon Windmill was later restored and reopened in the 1990s as a working windmill and heritage attraction. But there’s not just the windmill to see. Other buildings on site include Chineham Barn, which houses the ticket office and other facilities, the Hiltingbury Granary, an 18th century farm building and the pond that used to water the farmer’s horses, which has been re-dug in its original location.
Renovations have taken place over the winter to ensure that the windmill is running smoothly and is ready to welcome new and regular visitors. Bursledon Windmill is open weekends from March to November and has an exciting programme of seasonal events. As much of Bursledon Windmill is an outdoor site, suitable clothing and footwear are strongly advised.
Bursledon Windmill is operated by Hampshire Cultural Trust, an independent charity set up in 2014 to promote Hampshire as a county that offers outstanding cultural experiences to both its residents and visitors.