The last working water mill in Suffolk! For almost a thousand years millers on this site have been using the simple technology of water power to produce stone-ground wholemeal flour from locally grown wheat. Now owned by the Suffolk Building Preservation Trust, a team of dedicated volunteers continues the tradition.
Pakenham Water Mill, one of Suffolk’s hidden gems, is situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, only 7 miles from Bury St Edmunds. Open to the public, the watermill is easily accessible by road or cycleway. A unique historical landmark, it has proved to be not only a popular attraction for mill enthusiasts, but also a source of fascination and enjoyment for tourists, ramblers. school parties, local artists and families – all looking for a day out with a difference. The area within the Mill Grounds overlooking the Mill Pool is ideal for picnics. There is also a pleasant walk along the river bank with numerous opportunities for sketching and painting. Pond dipping by prior arrangement. Ideal for Key Stage 1, 2 & 3 National Curriculum project.
VISITING, DIRECTIONS, PRODUCE and CATERING
The Water Mill is situated in the village of Pakenham, 6 miles East of Bury St Edmunds. Follow the brown signs from the A143. See map: Google Maps
Opening Hours: March 31st until the end of September on SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS & BANK HOLIDAYS 2pm – 5.30pm; THURSDAYS: 9.30am – 11.30am ( Milling demonstrations can be seen on the first Thursday morning each month, and most other Thursdays , 10..0 – 11.30 approx ). Schools, clubs and coach parties are welcome on other days during the season by prior arrangement.. ADMISSION: Adults: £3.00, Senior Citizens: £2.50, Children: £1.50 The admission charges include a guided tour of the Mill.
Products : Wholemeal flour ground at the mill is on sale at the mill every Thursday morning throughout the year and also every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00pm to 5:30 from 1st April until the end of September and on Bank Holiday Mondays. At Farmers’ markets at: – Rickinghall (2nd Saturday of each month throughout the year) Aldercarr Farm, Needham Mkt (3rd Saturday each month throughout the year), Stowmarket Tourist Information Centre, Rolfes, Walsham-le-Willows ,Pakenham P.O., Thurston Village Stores, Woodbridge Tide Mill, Meat Today at the Village Store in Ixworth High Street, Butterworths The Traverse Bury St. Edmunds.
Shop : Souvenirs, merchandise, ice creams and soft drinks are all available from the Mill Shop.
Catering: We have a range of beverages, including tea, coffee, fruit juice and squash. We also are fully licensed and offer beer, wine and cider. We serve a selection of delicious home baked cakes and scones, using use our own flour and local ingredients where possible. Light lunches available on Thursdays and Saturdays/Sundays during July & August. We offer a Miller’s lunch, soup and tearoom specials.
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