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All activities are included in admission and are suitable for accompanied children
Please note: on 19 March we closed for a fortnight in line with Government guidance on Covid-19. Our aim at that point was to re-open 2 April 2020. In light of the Prime Minister's Address to the Nation on 23 March 2020 and subsequent updates, we remain closed until further notice.
We have therefore cancelled events and activities for the next three months (to end of June); refunds have been paid for any ticketed events. Once we have a firm date when we can welcome visitors back, we will be working hard to reschedule cancelled events where possible.
We continue to monitor the situation so we can respond safely and appropriately.
We hope to be open for the following events:
Workshop: Weaving Willow: Dragonfly and Fish
10.30am - 2.30pm, Saturday 4 July 2020
Join Louise Arthur from Rough Around the Hedges and learn to weave! No experience needed, but you’ll need some manual dexterity as you learn to make a dragonfly using a corn dolly weave and a fish using a figure of eight weave. There will be a break - perfect to grab something tasty from our Mill Cafe! Bring sharp secateurs and wear old trousers please. Tickets £25. Book online here, or in person in advance.
Talk: Body Overboard by Paul Stickler
7pm, Wednesday 12 August 2020
In 1947, actress Gay Gibson disappeared on a ship bound for Southampton from Cape Town. Follow Gay's life and last known movements, and explore the extraordinary account provided by the man tried for her murder in Winchester. Retired detective Paul Stickler has turned criminologist and crime historian; his presentation includes information believed not previously in the public domain. The Mill Cafe will be open from 6.30pm for tea, coffee, cake. Talks are for 16+ years. Tickets £5. Book online here, or in person in advance.
Talk: My Northern Adventure by Maureen Penrose
7pm, Wednesday 14 October 2020
Author and historian Maureen Penrose will be talking about her book My Northern Adventure. 17 year old Totton boy Edwin Henning went to live in Liverpool in 1940 after his family were bombed out of their home. Decades later Maureen found his weekly letters home, giving a fantastic insight into the past. There will be an opportunity to buy a copy of the book from Maureen (please bring cash or cheque only). The Mill Cafe will be open from 6.30pm for tea, coffee, cake. Talks are for 16+ years. Tickets £5. Book online here, or in person in advance.
Workshop: Felt Gingerbread Decoration
10.30am - 12.30pm, Saturday 28 November 2020
Caroline Misselbrook is back, just in time for Christmas! Join her to learn a variety of techniques and stitches to create a beautiful felt gingerbread person tree decoration. A relaxed workshop suitable for any ability and designed to give you the confidence to have a go and the inspiration to carry on at home. All materials included. Tickets £20. Book online here, or in person in advance.
Family Activity: Tree Decorations
1.30 - 3.30pm, Saturday 14 December 2019
Drop in to our Activity Room and make a decoration for your Christmas Tree. Suitable for all accompanied children with grown-ups happy to help their little ones. Suggested donation £1 per child.
Family Activity: Wildlife Watch Group
11am - 1pm, Saturday 14 December 2019 - Festive Wreaths
Monthly activity. Join our friends from Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to make festive wreaths. If you have a child aged 5 - 15 years, just drop into our Visitor Centre with them to take part in this monthly group. Donation £4 per child.
Family Activity: Birdseed Ornaments
11am - 12noon, Sunday 15 December 2019
Drop in to our Activity Room and make a birdseed Christmas treat to hang in your garden or a tree nearby for your feathered friends. Please note: this activity will contain nuts. Suitable for all accompanied children with grown-ups happy to help their little ones. Suggested donation £1 per child.
Family Activity: Seasonal Storytelling
2 - 3pm, Sunday 15 December 2019
Join us in the Activity Room on the story mat for seasonal stories. Suitable for accompanied children.
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