The Mill Hoppers Club for 11 – 16 Year Olds

February 2016 saw the launch of our new Mill Hoppers group aimed at young people aged 11-16 year old, and we hope to see it continue to grow in 2018 and beyond. The group meets in the barn one Saturday a month for workshops based around arts, science, engineering and digital technology.

The Mill Hoppers programme for the rest of 2018 is as follows:

•Saturday 17th November: Minecraft Workshop with Joel Mills


The Mill Hoppers Programme 2019

As it’s almost 800 years since milling was first documented on the site of Heron Corn Mill, the 2019 programme of workshops will see the Mill Hoppers explore our medieval origins to find out what life was like in Beetham during the Middle Ages!

This is our biggest programme ever, and we hope you will be able to take advantage of as many sessions as possible. There will also be the opportunity to work with the other craft groups on the ‘Flax to Linen’ project, and sessions where the general public are invited to attend. We will advise you of these workshops by email in due course.

Mill Hoppers 2019 Sessions

•Saturday 23rd March: Minecraft Workshop with Joel Mills
Join Joel Mills for a series of STEM based Minecraft workshops, where you’ll create and explore medieval fortresses, Miller’s cottages, and learn how Beetham and the surrounding area looked in days gone by!

•Saturday 27th April: Minecraft Workshop with Joel Mills

•Saturday 4th May: 800 Crumbs Ago
Medieval or modern – which was the most nutritious? Join Kate to learn the differences between medieval bread and the breads we eat today, before baking your very own loaf to take home!
Places for this workshop are limited to 15 children only.

•Saturday 25th May: Minecraft Workshop with Joel Mills

•Saturday 1st June: Alchemical Art
Meet Master Albert Harvey, artist and Adept of the Alchemical Arts to learn how medieval artists made paint, before using some to create your own artwork! You’ll also produce and use iron gall ink, which was used by writers for over 1000 years!

•Saturday 22nd June: Minecraft Workshop with Joel Mills

•Saturday 27th July: Minecraft Workshop with Joel Mills

•Saturday 7th September: 800 Crumbs Ago
Bakers Nell and Kate will teach you all about foraging, and how to bake delicious edibles using blackberries and other fruits found growing wild in the countryside!
Places for this workshop are limited to 15 children only.

•Saturday 28th September: Minecraft Workshop with Joel Mills

•Saturday 26th October: Minecraft Workshop with Joel Mills


Sessions for Both Age Groups

•Sunday 10th March: The Science of Paper Making
In the Medieval period paper was made using linen tow, a waste product created when flax is processed to make fibre. Join textile artist Stella Adams-Schofield to learn all about the process of flax production, and have a go at making some hand-made paper using linen tow and both medieval and contemporary techniques.
This workshop runs from 1.30 – 4.00pm and is also open to the general public.

•Sunday 12th May: The Medieval Flax Mill
Flax Mills were common in the medieval period when linen rope, twine and cloth were essential for everyday life.  The water driven pounding mallets of a medieval flax mill would have been used to both ‘break’ the flax plant and ‘beetle’ the linen cloth. Join textile artist Stella Adams-Schofield to learn more about ‘breaking’ and ‘beetling’, and have a go at hand-beetling some linen cloth.
This workshop runs from 1.30 – 4.00pm and is also open to the general public.


All workshops are FREE to attend and run from 11am to 4pm unless otherwise stated. Please ensure children have a packed lunch for all day sessions. To enrol your child as a Mill Hopper please download the enrolment form located HERE and return it to Heron Corn Mill.

Supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund, The Harold & Alice Bridges Charity, The Frieda Scott Charitable Trust, The Sharples Fund, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Sir John Fisher Foundation, and The Schroder Charity Trust.


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