Jill Windmill stands proudly on a ridge overlooking the village of Hassocks, and this much-loved Sussex landmark is a working corn windmill as well as a unique (and free) family attraction. The mill is privately owned and run by a group of dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers, and there are regular open days throughout the year to enable visitors the chance to glimpse the inside workings of this piece of local history.
If you time your visit on one of the windmill’s open days you’ll be able to take your time and explore the restored workings inside the mill, and if you can make it up the ladders to the top you’ll be greeted with panoramic views across the surrounding landscape. Entry is free and all donations are welcome as the windmill’s a charity, and thanks to the energy and knowledge of those who run it the kids will feel as involved as the adults (they can even have a go at working it).
The windmill opens on most Sundays between May and September (from 2pm – 5pm), and there’s a souvenir shop and tea room onsite (by the way, we hear that the cakes are to die for). Please note, the windmill is unable to accept payment by card.