It’s not often you get to pick up tips in one of the country’s oldest working mills, but Calbourne Water Mill’s pretty inspiring if you’re something of an aspiring baker. Set right in the heart of the beautiful Isle of Wight countryside, the mill dates all the way back to the Domesday Book, and the friendly folk who run it hold regular flour milling demonstrations so you can see how it all works.
If the demo leaves you with a hankering to get home and try baking your own bread, you’ll be able to choose from a whole selection of flour in the gift shop to take back and get you started. If you’re visiting as a family you’ll find plenty to amuse the kids too. Let’s start with the quirkiest way to keep the kids entertained…if you buy a bag of fish food at the shop and take it down to the stream you’ll be able to toss flakes into the water and see the resident eels pop up to catch it!
You’ll also find pedalos, a giant chalkboard, a croquet set, adventure golf, and a museum, so if you visit on a sunny day you’ll be able to try your hand at all kinds of traditional pursuits!