The Town Mill rescued by volunteers took 10 years to restore saving it from certain dereliction. The town mill has been established since 1340 and you can still walk away with a bag of a Mills flour!
The Miller’s Tour leads you through the three levels of the stone built water mill, teaching you about the art of flour making.
There is lots to see and lots to learn with a pottery with two potters working inside, a microbrewery and a cheesemonger on site as well as a working mill. You can book in for a sewing workshop with Sew-La-Di-Da Vintage and walk away with your own vintage inspired frock. Or purchase some beautiful jewellery, inspired by the jurassic coast and made on site by silversmith Lucy campbell.
You can see the two potters at work in the former old stable building. Berey works in stoneware, Don earthenware: both masters of their craft. They both happily demonstrate and talk about the processes involved. Both have a different preferences when finishing their pieces, Don decorates with coloured slips before glazing, Berey colours by dipping into glazes. For Berey the colours gently overlap and bleed into one another producing a blue, aquamarine and sandy yellow seascape. “Well, wouldn’t you be inspired by the sea here?” asks Berey. They both live here in Lyme, by the sea… For how long? “Oh, for ever!” smiles Don.
You can take home one of their mugs to remind you, every day, of Lyme and the sea.
Justin, loves cheese and know lots about it which makes him the perfect cheese monger! You’ll find he stocks the best of the cheeses from the West Country, with particular emphasis on Dorset and Devon. With an aim “to sell artisan cheeses with old fashioned service” Justin takes pride in taking time time to chat and help you find what you are looking for. Not only is the service first class but Justin has scooped a taste of the west award every year since he opened in 2009!
The micro-brewery is open every day of the week where you can try one of the range of award-winning beers.
Mill Fest Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of May, free entry.
Sample delicious treats from the relaunch of the Mill’s recipe book made with the Mills flour. Take tours of the mill, buy souvenirs from the visitor centre. You can relax in the mill’s courtyard and whilst enjoying a beer from the brewery and listening to live music by the local band Natterjacks. Visit the Mill’s two art venues, the Malthouse and the Courtyard Galleries open 10.30-4.30pm, will be hosting joint exhibitions featuring the landscapes of Dorset interpreted by four local artists.
It’s set to be great weekend celebrating Lyme Regis’ thriving community.
Whether your local to the county and looking for a day trip or looking to visit the area, Lyme Regis is a beautiful part of the country well worth visiting. If you are visiting Dorset, self catering accommodation is great option for a long weekend or week away.