National Mills weekend at Dunster

THE ancient working watermill at Dunster on the Somerset coast will be part of the National Mills Weekend, on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th May.

Visitors to the National Trust property will be able to see the 18th-century watermill in action on both days. There will be mill tours discussing how the mill works and freshly baked treats made from the wholemeal spelt and wheat flours ground from organic grain. On Sunday there will also be live traditional music, accompanying the gentle sound of the mill producing its flour.

Mill operations manager Stephen Hayes said: “Everyone here is really excited to join in with fellow mills and millers in this national annual celebration. We hope visitors will have a fun and informative experience of truly traditional milling.”

Situated by the river within the grounds of Dunster Castle, the watermill is a rare working survival., particularly important because it is an example with double overshot waterwheels. Dunster has a long tradition of milling dating back to the Doomsday Book of 1086.

Pictured: Dunster Watermill © National Trust / Seamus Rogers