Educational Trips

We welcome visits from schools, home schooling groups, groups with Special Educational Needs and adults in education. We can offer a wide range of topics, activities, skills and experiences to engage and educate in a practical and lively way.

Schools Workshops

An opportunity for students to gain first-hand, a wide range of cross-curricular experiences including Design & Technology, STEM, History and Art. See below for examples of the activities we can offer across the range of subject areas.



What makes silk special? Its super strength (stronger than steel) or its lustrous gleam (prism shaped thread)? Test your theories with some fun experiments!

The Mill grounds are home to a wide range of creatures. Explore classification, adaptation and habitats across the site, from the tiny garden minibeasts to our river-dwelling friends.



Discover how the River Test has powered the Mill for over 200 years! Learn about how the waterwheel transfers power around the Mill building. Activities to investigate materials, types of waterwheels and gears and pulleys.

Follow the Mill Trail along the river with a guided walk and see natural processes, man-made interventions and often a brown trout or two.


Art & Design

Get creative with either a silk screen printing or silk painting session. Take inspiration from our beautiful setting and fabulous colours.

How is fabric made at the Mill? Do you know your warp from your weft? Get creative and design a new silk scarf for our shop.



How has the Mill changed over the last 200 years? Investigate primary sources to explore the Mill’s history and the lives of people that worded here.

In 1877, the Hampshire Chronicle reported that, after the death of owner Henry Chappell, the Mill needed a new child workforce to keep the business going. The new recruits will be put through their paces to see if they have what it takes.


Book your educational visit

We offer a range of workshops for schools to choose from. Each workshop lasts an hour and includes a variety of hands-on activities which have been developed to meet your curriculum needs. We are also happy to work with you to design your perfect package and can tailor our sessions across the key stages.

A sample full day schedule would be as follows:

10:00am arrival & introduction

10:15am workshop 1

11:15am break

11:30am workshop 2

12:30pm lunch

1:00pm workshop 3

2:00pm depart


Please get in touch to discuss what we can offer to meet your learning outcomes.

We are also able to adapt our schools workshops to become outreach sessions that will take place at your school.

One hour session£210 cost is per class (up to 35 students). Price includes Mill entry and educational enablers.
Two hour sessions £250 cost is per class (up to 35 students). Price includes Mill entry and educational enablers.
Three sessions£250 cost is per class (up to 35 students). Price includes Mill entry and educational enablers.
Accompanying adults FREE
Outreach visit£75 + VAT for one hour, one class + 45p per mile

Once we have confirmed all of the details with you, we will send you a booking confirmation pack, which we will ask you to sign and return to confirm your booking. We require all schools to book in advance. Please note that when booking your visit, it is fine if your numbers are estimates. We will confirm your exact final numbers of pupils and adults on the day of your visit. There may be additional charges for activities that require more resources e.g. silk painting and screen printing, we will agree this with you prior to any booking confirmation.

Booking Enquiry Form


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    Coach Parking

    There is a designated coach parking space in the public carpark next to the Mill and Gill Nethercott Centre.

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    We accept payment in advance by cash, card or cheque.
    Or we can supply an invoice following the visit.

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    If for any reason you have to cancel your visit, please get in touch and we will attempt to rearrange your booking where possible. Please give us as much advanced warning as possible.

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    Risk Assessment

    The Mill provides a safe and enjoyable day out for all educational groups. Our risk assessment guidance sheet provides an outline of potential risks and will be included in your booking confirmation pack. We recommended all educational leaders complete their own risk assessment prior to their visit, please contact us to arrange a free pre-visit if required.

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    Thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we have been able to greatly improve access to the Mill, more information about our access and facilities can be found here.

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    We are both a working mill and museum so in order to ensure the safety of your students and the enjoyment of our general visitors, we ask that your students are supervised at all times.