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Group Visits

Whitchurch Silk Mill provides an attractive and convenient location for group visits, either as a destination or as part of an itinerary for a day out in the glorious Hampshire countryside. 

Mill building in the sunlight

Groups receive

  • There is a free designated space for coach parking in the car park next door.
  • We have a large space available for groups to enjoy pre-booked refreshments, eg. lunch buffet or cream tea.
  • Discounted admission to the Mill for group (dependant on numbers).
  • A guided tour of the waterwheel and the Mill building, with its Victorian machinery that can still be operated (The tour is included in group admission.)
  • A chance to visit our Shop to purchase silk scarves, ties and giftware made from the Mill’s exclusive silks, along with other irresistible gifts.
  • An opportunity to walk around our beautiful gardens on the banks of the River Test



Planning your group visit

A sample experience at The Mill: (Please allow around 2.5 hours for your visit) 

Arrive at the Mill at your booked time and make your way to our Welcome Building. If you have pre-booked refreshments on arrival you will be met by a member of the mill team and directed to our group catering space. 

You will then be joined by your knowledgeable guide(s) who will take you on a tour lasting approximately 60 minutes.  You will hear about the history of the Mill, visit the recently refurbished waterwheel, see our Victorian machinery used to produce our silk and enjoy the changing exhibitions.  

At the arranged time, make your way to our group catering space and enjoy your pre-booked delightful light lunch, buffet or afternoon tea. 

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy, take a walk along the riverbank or maybe visit some or our neighbouring attractions like Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery, Highclere Castle, Jane Austen’s House or Winchester Cathedral. 

Whilst the Silk Mill has a lift to all three floors, as with other similar attractions, due to Fire Regulations we can only have one confined wheelchair user in the building at any one time. We have a wheelchair available to borrow if requested beforehand. 

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Amanda, Tour Guide

Enquire about a group visit

Please complete the Enquiry Form, to enable us to get back to you to make firm arrangements for your visit. 

A non-refundable payment in full is due 3 weeks prior to booking if payment is not taken immediately. 

Group admission prices includes a guided tour. The group entry price is for 10-50 visitors.



Adult£10.00
Concessions (over 60 and student)£9.00
Children (5-16)£5.00 (differs for school visits)
Discount for group size of 20 – 295%
Discount for group of 30 – 5010%



Catering Options 2024

We offer pre bookable catering to all our groups that join us, this can be enjoyed before or after the tour of the mill.

Tea, coffee & biscuits: Refillable tea & coffee, with a selection of biscuits£3.75
Tea, coffee & cake: Refillable tea & coffee with a slice of cake per person£4.95
Tacklers Tea: Refillable tea & coffee with two cheese scones, butter & caramelised red onion marmalade£8.50
Weavers Tea: Refillable tea & coffee with two fruit scones, strawberry preserve & Rhoda’s clotted cream£8.50
Sandwich lunch & cake: Refillable tea & coffee, a selection of sandwiches, crisps and a slice of cake per person£8.50
Afternoon Tea: Refillable tea & coffee, a selection of sandwiches, one scone with jam & cream and a slice of cake per person£11
Full buffet: Refillable tea & coffee, selection of sandwiches, quiche, sausage rolls, cakes, selection of sweet & savoury nibbles£15


Please ensure you make us aware of ALL allergies and intolerances when you book. Please note that catering options cannot be mixed for the group.



Tea and Talk

Did you know that we can also come to your club/organisation to give a talk covering the history of the Mill, how silk is woven on the original looms, and including handling objects from the collection. Talks are generally about 45 minutes followed by questions. 

The cost for this is £70 + travel expenses  

This offer is available to you provided you are within reasonable travelling distance from the Mill;  no charge is made for travel if less than 10 miles from the Mill. 

Either ring the Mill for information on 01256 892065 or email info@whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk 

Such an informative tour. A great visit. 5 Stars!”

Crowthorne Community Minibus, 2023



FAQs

How do we book?

Either ring the Mill for information (01256) 892065, or download the Group Booking Form.Add image

Can we visit in the evening?

It may be possible to organise this, but we strongly recommend visiting during the day, when the machinery is most likely to be working and the weavers are around to help you enjoy your visit.

Is there parking for coaches?

Yes, there is a designated coach parking space in the public carpark next to the Mill and Gill Nethercott Centre – see the map for parking locations and additional transport options.

Do you have a car park?

The Mill has a small car park with two spaces for Blue Badge holders. Please visit our Getting Here page for details of general free parking within Whitchurch.

Are dogs allowed in the mill?

We welcome assistance dogs within our buildings, and our grounds are open to furry friends with responsible owners.Add question

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