Willesborough Windmill

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Willesborough Windmill
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Ron S
9 contributions
Jan 2020
If you want a welcoming experience and a wonderful look back on how the countryside produced flour? Then visit with windmill here in Willesborough, just outside Ashford Kent. The staff, all volunteers, are so helpful. The gift/coffee shop offers a range of goodies. Thouroughly recommend a reasonable cost visit
Written February 27, 2020
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rollercolin
Ashford, UK548 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
There is a small free car park but it is ample for the Windmill. You buy your tickets for the guided tour in the barn where the most excellent café is. Only £3 or £1.50 for Seniors for an excellent guided tour. During July & August it is open at 1400hrs on a Wednesday which is when we went. We were lucky as they were milling flour when we visited although they were using a motor as there was not enough wind for the sails to turn that day. The guide Brian was excellent, as much information as you wanted without being swamped with unwanted details. The café was very good value with excellent home made cakes (£1.75 a large slice) and very friendly and helpful staff. There were a great selection of photos and excellent displays in the various rooms (including an old kitchen & parlour etc when part was a home). An interesting display of Norman bicycles (which were made in Ashford) also. If you visit on a Saturday you should check before visiting as they also have weddings here which raises money for the support of the Windmill. As it is all done by volunteers and they were all excellent we also donated money to help support the Windmill.
Written August 6, 2014
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texasdave85
London34 contributions
Apr 2012 • Couples
We had our wedding ceremony at 'willesborough windmill' on the 9th of april 2012.

We had chosen the windmill as my wife is from The Netherlands so we wanted to somehow take that into our wedding day over here in England.

The volunteers looking after the windmill were ever so helpful in preparing for our big day and just about anything was possible!

On the day the weather was miserable, however Pat was there to meet my wife right at the car with a wedding themed brolly to make sure she was still perfect when she arrived for the ceremony.

The setting for the ceremony (on the ground floor of the windmill) was lovely and truly something different to a boring register office. we got many compliments from our guests on choosing the venue.

At the end of the ceremony Pat had a surprise for us, a lovely hand painted plate with our names and wedding date on it :)

After the ceremony we were welcomed into the barn cafe with champagne and canapes for us and our guests, where we stayed for a while to chat with our guests and take pictures in front of their great collection of retro bicycles.

We also had pictures taken with the beautifully restored windmill itself and were even aloud to go up onto the gallery of the windmill which gave us the opportunity to have stunning pictures!

Overall we really had a lovely memorable day thanks to the setting and the amazing volunteers!
If you're looking for a venue that makes your wedding stand out, go for this one!!
Written April 19, 2012
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chappersfamily79
Ashford, UK14 contributions
Aug 2012
We had our wedding here last August and it was fantastic.
Pat and the rest of the staff made our special day that bit more special.
Its a lovely building and worth a look around,
Written April 4, 2013
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kelmo_1992
Kingsnorth, UK67 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
I came here with my partner around autumn? last year (2017) just as a random choice to spend the day and i'm glad we did.
we decided to take the tour of the windmill which started off a bit slow but once the guy got into it and we got into the windmill it was great fun and very informative, i didnt know the windmill had so many stories to it. i'm glad its still a running mill! its great to see the enthusiasm of the people doing the tours!. after we decided to grab a drink and something in the tearoom i had a cream tea and my partner just a drink, but the ladies who served us were so sweet they brought the bits out for us and even went back inside to get sugar for us, we felt bad making them walk back and forth but they seemend genuinely happy to help and do it. the scones were really nice, i work in a tea room and they were just as good if not better ;) two little ones with cream and jam, perfect after the tour. i would come back again just for the cream tea :D
Written July 18, 2018
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lena7702017
Kent, UK37 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
Visited the Willesborough windmill with my Dad a while ago. We had an extremely interesting tour of the windmill, fascinating to explore the inside workings and enjoyed the beautiful views seen from the windmill. Afterwards we had tea and snacks in the little cafe among friendly folks who run the cafe/windmill. Highly recommend this for a couple of hours for all age groups.
Written March 17, 2018
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RobParker
Orpington, UK222 contributions
Jun 2013 • Family
Willesborough windmill is a real gem. Saved from demolition by a group of volunteers it is loveingly looked after. A great small wedding location (max 50 guests and this was a bit of a squeeze) you have the adjoining barn (tea room) and patio for the good British Summer (which did us proud last weekend - end of June). Worth a visit, can be difficult to locate - even though you can glimpse it from the M20!
Written July 4, 2013
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danny7147
Bournemouth, UK193 contributions
If you've driven down the M20 to/from Dover, or if you are going to, when you're passing junction 10 (Ashford), tale a look around and you're bound to notice a large windmill set off to one side. That's the Willesborough Windmill. Take care first of all, as like us you'll probably end up going around the block 3 times looking for the entrance!!

On arrival we didn't really know what to expect. We weren't actually going for the windmill, but as I collect vintage bicycles, was told that they have a large cycle collection of "Norman" cycles, who used to be based nearby.

The cycles sadly disappointed, they're in the cafe bunched together at one end, and not particularly well looked after. They hold a few club events at the windmill through the year which are worth a visit though.

The windmill itself has been very lovingly, and extensively, restored, and is a real picture postcard setting. There's a friendly little cafe on site too serving hot drinks and snacks, and it's certainly worth the few pounds to take the tour inside the windmill. It really is worth a visit, especially if you're heading towards Dover and don't want to pay huge motorway services fees for a stop, it's a great alternative! Where to be very careful though is on their opening hours, as unless you're pre-prepared it's almost guaranteed to be closed. As of 2009 (so check first!) it's open between 2-5pm on weekend afternoons and wednesdays in the summer.

It really is a lovely place, with excellent staff, so if you're local or passing definitely stop for a look!
Written October 9, 2009
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SimeyWimey
Whitstable, UK694 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Really interesting working mill run by the most lovely volunteers. So many objects and artefacts with a nice reconstriction of the living areas too. Check opening times around the year. Really fascinating story of a wonderful piece of living history.
Written December 11, 2021
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Ian K
Ashford, UK11 contributions
Sep 2019
Run by enthiusiastic volunteers for the local council, this Mill is fully working and if you ar lucky and the wind is right you can watch corn being ground into flour and even buy the flour. This is of the wholemeal stoneground variety and I am told makes great Christmas cake. Runs entirely by unpaid volunteers you can even join the "Friends" who raise most of the money to keep the Mill working. A local hidden gem.
Written September 29, 2019
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