What is a Cornish Boiler?

Unfortunately it’s not something tasty and wrapped in pastry, but it is a throwback to our milling days. Although not operational the coal fired boiler was used to produce steam to heat water for washing the textiles and wool. The boiler worked on a water jacket principle with a maximum working pressure of 50lbs/sq.in

In the first half of the 20th century tramps regularly s beside the boiler for warmth.


Fun in the sun

Well, it was dry anyhow, the gods shined on us at our family fun weekend.

The BBQ was fired up and the burgers were in full flow, we were pleased to welcome visitors to the mill this weekend for family fun in support of Northumbria Blood Bikes.

A big thank you to Alex from Creepy Crawly roadshow, and the Kielder Birds of Prey guys who helped to make things a success. The three week old baby barn owls went down a treat and were just about opening their eyes.

We welcomed Scout the Olivehouse snake and a fine selection of giant snails and cochroaches!!


Joules Autumn 16 on it’s way

We know how popular Joules are and every year we rush to get it on-line and in store for you as soon as possible. Who could fail to adore that heady mix of colour and style mixed with practicality, style and grace. So, as we head into the darker cooler months don’t worry help is at hand to make things a little cheery.

So what are you waiting for, dive in

Family Fun Weekend

Pack up the kids and the old folks and come and join us for a family fun weekend on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July. 10am – 4pm.

We’re firing up the BBQ – and coming up with some fabulous burger recipes, which we have the joy of sampling!. There is plenty to do from the Otterburn Nature trail, outdoor picnic area, Birds of Prey, kids activities, kids playarea, café and shop.

Help us raise funds for Northumbria Blood Bikes a totally voluntary service which provide an essential service during out of hours.