Let off some steam in Stotfold

IF the pressures of modern life make you want to blow off some steam then an annual event held at an award winning watermill might help make your perfect weekend.

The annual Working Steam Weekend, held at Stotfold Watermill, enables visitors to witness how much of an impact the Industrial Revolution made to agricultural life.

John Saunders, owner of a large steam engine collection which will be viewable at the event, said: “This event gives us the opportunity to showcase a mode of industry that links with the period when the mill was at its most productive.

“More importantly, it gives the current generation a much clearer understanding of traditional farming and milling methods.”

Visitors to the Working Steam Weekend will be able to see a whole range of machinery in action, including steam powered stone crushers and saw milling devices, as well as lovingly restored stationary engines.

There will also be a display of vintage ploughing techniques including heavy horses and vintage tractors.

The Working Steam Weekend will be open from 10.30am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

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On both days Stotfold Watermill will be open and grinding flour so visitors can see the whole process starting with the threshing of corn up to the grinding of grain.

Randall’s Tea Room, inside the mill, will be serving home made cakes and hot drinks, however a beer tent will also be open for those who fancy something a bit stronger.

Entrance is �2 per adult, �1 for children under four and seniors.

Parking is free and more information is available from 01462 734541 or on enquiries@stotfoldmill.com