Sarehole Mill

Sarehole Mill
Colebank Road
Hall Green
Birmingham
B13 0DB
England

Website

www.bmag.org.uk/sarehole-mill

E-mail

bmag_enquiries@birmingham.gov.uk

Telephone

0121 777 6612

Fax

0121 303 23891

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Once watermills were a very common sight along Birmingham's rivers. It is estimated that in the 18th century there were over fifty the area. However, of all Birmingham's watermills, only Sarehole Mill and Newhall Mill (in Sutton Coldfield) survive as standing buildings with working water-driven machinery. Visitors to Sarehole Mill will see an attractive group of buildings, including a bakehouse, a metal workshop, a granary and the mill itself, all arranged around a cobbled courtyard. Behind the mill is the pool which receives its water from nearby Coldbath Brook.

Part of a Designated Collection of national importance is on display at this venue.

Venue Type:

Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Daily 1400-1700
Closed End October-End March

Admission charges

see website

This venue holds parts of Birmingham Museums and Galleries' Designated Collections of national importance. If you wish to see a particular item, please contact Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

The collections on show consist of agricultural and mill machinery. The mill stones, wheels and cogs form an integral part of the building. Also on display are agricultural implements of late Victorian times and carpenter's tools. A small display in the granary features J.R.R Tolkien, the author of the "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings", who lived near Sarehole as a child.

Collection details

Social History, Science and Technology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Working watermill, including a bakehouse, a metal workshop and granary.
  • J.R.R Tolkien, the author of the "Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings"
  • Designated Collection
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Milling Sunday

  • 20 April 2014 12-4pm *on now
  • 27 April 2014 12-4pm

See the large waterwheel turn and hear the millstones rumble. Talk to the millers about milling and find out about the history of the mill. Admission charge to the mill applies.

Milling takes place from 12.00 to 16.00. Admission charge to the mill applies, (except for on the first Sunday of the month, when entry to the mill is free!).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £3.00, Concessions £2.00, Children free.

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/sarehole-mill

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Baking Bread

  • 25 May 2014 12-4pm
  • 15 June 2014 12-4pm
  • 17 August 2014 12-4pm
  • 14 September 2014 12-4pm
  • 5 October 2014 12-4pm

We will be baking the Sarehole signature bread - made with Sarehole flour, honey and lavender - in the outdoor bread oven. Come and see how the mill's flour is turned into bread. Outdoor baking event free, entry charges to the mill building apply.

Baking takes place in the outdoor clay oven. Bread is available for tasting but not yet sold.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/events

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Simply Messing About With Boats

  • 26 April 2014 12-4pm
  • 23 August 2014 12-4pm

The society will provide some additional boats for visitors to try to sail. Barrel organ in the yard. Outdoor boating event is free, admission charges to the mill apply.

The Bournville boat club will sail many different models, from model cruise liners to fire boats and fishing vessels. Children - and adults! - will have the opportunity to have a go a steering a boat themselves.

Barrel organ and dancing string puppets in the mill yard.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Adults £3.00, Concessions £2.00, Children free.

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3125

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Float Your Boat

  • 25 May 2014 12:15-4pm

Drop in from 12.15 to 2.15pm to design and build rafts and boats. From 2.15pm we'll sail them and race them in shallow waters in the river cole. Don't forget to wear your wellies. After the races, the craft room will be available again to make more rafts and boats. £1.00 per child.

Please ensure that the children have wellies when they want to race the boats in the river. For safety, all children must be supervised by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1.00 per child.

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3193

Dragonflies

Pond Dipping

  • 15 June 2014 12-3:30pm

Examine your catch under the microscope.

Pond dipping equipment (net, tray, magnifying glass and identification sheet) will be provided. Facilitated sessions from dipping platform. Two children can share a net/equipment. At the end of the session, the catch can be taking to our schoolroom where microscopes are available for close-up examination.

Limited number of children per half hour session - booking advisable. Half hours session from 12.00. Last session 3.00pm.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£1.00 per child.

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3154

Butterflies and moths

Butterfly Walk

  • 20 July 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Help monitor these fluttery creatures with a gentle stroll along the river Cole, looking for, counting and learning about butterflies. All data will be recorded as part of the national butterfly survey. This walk is ranger led.

On return to the mill other butterfly themed activities will take place at the mill. There will be craft activities and the rangers will host a display on the life of the butterfly. Also on display will be drawers with butterflies from the Natural History collection (Birmingham Museums Trust).

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3155

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Make a Big Bamboo Butterfly

  • 20 July 2014 12-4pm

Join local artworker Jim Morris to make your butterfly using bendy bamboo - decorate it with a rainbow of recycled ribbons - and see it flutter and fly.

It takes about 45 minutes to make a bamboo butterfly. It is advisable to book a place to avoid disappointment.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.00 per child.

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3156

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Fly a Kite

  • 7 August 2014 12:15-4pm

Drop in and make a kite, we'll have a few designs to choose from for younger and older children to make. From 2:15 we'll gather on the playing fields behind the mill to fly our kites (weather permitting). After the flying session, the craft room will be available again to make more kites. £2.00 per child.

Kite making will take place in the schoolroom. Tickets available from the mill tearoom.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£2.00 per child.

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=3194

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Bat Night

  • 19 September 2014 7-9pm

With the onset of dusk, you'll be provided with a bat-meter to listen for bats feeding near the mill and millpond.

Bat detectors will be provided and instructions given.

Last year our bat-meters showed that the milpond was a popular feeding ground for common pippistrelles and soprano pippistrelles. With the pond restoration finished and bat boxes in place, we hope to hear more bats this year!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£7.00 per person, including coffee/tea. Pre-booking essential (tel. 0121 777 6612) or email sarehole.mill@birminghammuseums.org.uk to book a place.

Website

http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=2720

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