Thwaite Mills Watermill to host weekend of special events as part of Leeds Waterfront Festival

Caption: Thwaite Mills Watermill will be hosting a range of fun activities and events this weekend.

The magical surroundings of a popular city museum are set to host a range of fantastic events as part of the Leeds Waterfront Festival this week.

Held on Saturday 28 June-Sunday 29 June a packed programme of activities will be on offer at Thwaite Mills Watermill on the Saturday and Sunday, which located on a tranquil island home in Stourton, is one of the last examples in Britain of a water-powered mill.

On offer at the family friendly venue will include heritage and historic crafts, stalls, refreshments, free boat trips and children’s activities including a bouncy castle, face painter, stalls and crazy golf. In a special treat, the steam crane at Thwaite Mills is also set to run. A vintage bus will also be providing trips to the city centre, so people can enjoy other events that are taking place along the regenerated waterfront in Leeds as part of the festival.

There is also the opportunity to visit Thwaite House, which built in 1823, is a fine Georgian home constructed on the foundations of a much earlier house. Now a Grade II listed building, Thwaite House is now used to host a number of varied and interesting displays and exhibitions to show what was like living on the island and working at the mills in the 1940s without electricity or modern appliances. Still a working mill, as part of a tour of the museum, visitors can experience and see for themselves the wheels in motion.

The West Riding branch of the IWA will also be mooring their boats at Thwaite Mills Watermill as part of the festival’s festivities from Friday 27 June – Sunday 29 June, where a special barbeque and quiz is also set to be held for boaters to enjoy,

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for digital and creative technologies, culture and skills said:

"A visit to Thwaite Mills Watermill is always a fantastic experience, and we are delighted to be playing our part in providing a range of family fun activities and events as part of the Leeds Waterfront Festival.

"There really is something for everyone at the museum, and we hope that visitors as part of the festival will take the chance to take in the many delights that we have to offer."

Notes to editors:

Thwaite Mills Watermill is perfectly nestled on a tranquil island between the River Aire and the Aire and Calder Navigation, just at the end of Thwaite Lane in Stourton.

One of the best and last remaining examples of a water-powered putty mill in Britain, this fully restored and fascinating museum allows visitors to experience the power and force of water powered industry in action.

Thwaite Mills address:

Thwaite Lane



LS10 1RP

Tel: 0113 276 2887

Thwaite Mills website address: www.leeds.gov.uk/thwaitemills

Thwaite Mills is open at the following times:

Open every Saturday and Sunday, 1.00pm – 5.00pm

Closed on Mondays except for bank holidays

Open during Leeds school holidays on Tuesdays – Fridays, 10.00am – 5.00pm

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk