Thwaite Mills Museum hosts Hedgerow Festival


Hedgerow FestivalA day of family fun events celebrating the fantastic colour, splendour and wildlife which exists in the surroundings of a popular museum in South Leeds will be held this weekend.

As part of the Hedgerow Festival on Sunday 13 October from 11:00am – 3:30pm, visitors will have the opportunity to take part in a range of activities on the tranquil island home of Thwaite Mills Watermill in Stourton, which is one of the last examples in Britain of a water-powered mill.

On offer will be the chance to learn more about tree identification, bushcraft and apple pressing, and join in on a wild food walk and orchard trail. A range of children’s activities and natural crafts will also be available on the day in the grounds of the museum, which boasts beehives, a wildlife pond, an outdoor classroom and gazebo, minibeast hotels, boat moorings and bicycle parking.

Supported by a number of groups, including Leeds Bee Keepers, Leeds Urban Harvest, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Breathing Green, Rothwell Country Park and TCV, tickets for the festival are priced at £6.70 for a family ticket, adults £3.40, children £1.30 and concessions £1.80.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills said:

“The island which is home to Thwaite Mills Watermill really is beautiful, and this is a great chance to explore the area and find out more about the natural environment and wildlife which exists there.

“On the day there will also be a wide-range of activities on offer, which celebrating the outdoors, will be both educational and great fun for all the family.”

Thwaite Mills Watermill is located on an island between the River Aire and the Aire and Calder Navigation, just at the end of Thwaite Lane in Stourton. It is one of the 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-mills1.jpgThwaite Mills: Thwaite Lane, Stourton, Leeds, LS10 1RP; Tel: 0113 276 2887

Opening 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