Skidby Mill, Skidby, East Yorkshire

This is a day out I’ve wanted to review for a while now, but the mill has been undergoing a programme of refurbishment which meant I didn’t know when it had re-opened, and I was also waiting for some nice weather – and didn’t it come this week? It’s been glorious up here in East Yorkshire. I hope it’s been nice where you are. 

Skidby Mill East Yorkshire

Skidby Mill is the last working windmill in Yorkshire. It has recently undergone a period of refurbishment, where the sails have been restored and more. It’s not producing flour at the moment due to some technical snags, but flour or no flour, it’s an interesting afternoon out.

Admission prices at Skidby Mill

Skidby Mill is brown-signposted off the A164 between Beverley and the Humber Bridge. You can see the mill off the main road, so you shouldn’t miss it. There is a free car park just up from the mill’s entrance, and a nice little path you can walk through avoiding the busy country road.

The mill has a few parts – there is the mill and buildings, which contains the Museum of East Riding Rural Life, the meadow and play park, and the courtyard with Sails Cafe. You have to pay to go into the mill and museum, but can roam the grounds and have a coffee and a bun without paying admission. There are toilets both sides of the payment desk.

The Museum of East Riding Rural Life is small but good. It costs up to £2.50 each to get in, and under 5s are free.

There is a room about agriculture, with information about farming history in East Yorkshire, and visual displays with stuffed animals. Children can take a spotter’s sheet and see how many of the birds, mice, and rabbits they can find. There is also a working beehive.

The museum at Skidby Mill

The next room is a display of old mill equipment, and you can grind your own flour in miniature millstones, and have a go at pulling some sacks.

Trying out the milling machinery at Skidby Mill

Through the doors and there is a display about rural life, which tells you what life would have been like in Skidby and nearby villages in East Yorkshire many years ago. There are displays of old tools, fake food, and domestic equipment like a mangle. There is also a life-sized model of a pig with an explanation of why families would have kept pigs.

Ye olde machinery at Skidby Mill museum

There are some hands-on activities such as rag rugging, or making bricks from sand.

Childrens activities at Skidby Mill

Then you can go upstairs (there is no lift) and have a nosy at the mill’s innards – mind your head!

The flour room at Skidby Mill

Total time inside the museum is around half-an-hour to an hour, depending how much you want to read.

Outside the mill, there is a courtyard with some picnic tables, and tables and chairs for Sails Cafe. We didn’t try the cafe out this time around but I’m assured it’s very nice, and it was certainly busy when we visited.

The courtyard at Skidby Mill

Out the back, and there is a meadow you can run around in and eat your picnic. There are no tables so don’t forget to take a blanket. It’s a great meadow for making daisy chains and running around. There is some play equipment in the corner, which my girls enjoyed. We spent a lovely hour here eating our picnic and playing.

The play area at Skidby Mill

Skidby Mill is a lovely couple of hours out, which is good for a rainy day, but better on a sunny one! It’s in a lovely spot with views over the surrounding East Yorkshire countryside. All my children aged from 4 to 10 enjoyed it, and we will be back again in the future.

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  1. Skidby looks like a wonderful day – and didn’t you have a gorgeous day for it! I love the fact you can learn about the workings of the mill, while letting the kids run around the meadow. Sounds perfect to me!

  2. I’ve always fancied taking my kids to a working mill as this is how Coombe Mill once was, all be it a water mill here. Looks like this one has been beautifully restored and wonderful that you can actually go round and get involved with bits of the old equipment, it brings it so much more to life for children. Lovely photos of your children really enjoying their day out. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

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      Love Country Kids! Yes, there was a board which explained why we don’t have water mills in East Yorkshire and it’s because we are flat and don’t have water that runs with enough force. Fascinating stuff which we don’t really think about I suppose. We’re going on hols soon to the lakes and I will be seeking out a waterfall or two to show the girls because they’ve never seen one. Thanks for commenting.

  3. How exciting – we’ve never been inside a windmill before and this one looks picture perfect, I’ll be sure to hunt it out when we are next in Yorkshire. #countrykids

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      It’s the only working one, so you should!

  4. This looks like a great day out and you got some lovely photos! My kiddos would love to try their hands at grinding flour. Thanks for linking up with #YorkshireFamily

    1. KidsDaysOutReviews

      the flour was well and truly ground with mine! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  5. I do love windmills, such beautiful buildings aren’t they. We have a working one near us in Worcestershire and we love to visit. That looks like a fun day out, if we’re ever in that area, I’d love to go and take a look.

    1. KidsDaysOutReviews

      It is beautiful, and the restoration team have done an amazing job

  6. I love visiting windmills – we’re off to see one tomorrow. Sounds like this one had lots of extra activities to keep the kids interested.

    1. KidsDaysOutReviews

      ooh, I hope you have a good trip! Thanks for visiting us 🙂

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