Between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales and sitting beneath the beautiful Howgill Fells is Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre, a restored Victorian woolen mill that ceased production in 1992 and now houses an amazing, eclectic mix of high quality art and craft, and much more…
After much renovation in 2001, the Victorian mill is now home to exhibitions of art invarious mediums including textiles, artist’s studios, demonstrations of weaving and crafts and a Dobcross Loom on which the wonderful Farfield blankets are still woven. Visitors will find four floors of wonderful art and craft awaiting them in the mill, and will be able to purchase unique pieces from a wide range of textile and ceramic crafts and art while they enjoy taking in displays of heritage, looms and water turbines.
There are also regular changing exhibitions featured in three galleries, showcasing a mixture of high profile artists in varying mediums, local and regional and international as well as group shows and works from students and emerging artists. Workshops are available forvisitors inspired by art and who wish to become a little more ‘hands-on’. Participants 16 years and above are welcome to join these. Bookings can be made via phone, email or post.
Also, special events such as ‘Meet the Artists’, storytelling and ‘Open Heritage Days’ often take place in the mill. See website www.farfieldmill.org for details.
Food and refreshments are also available at Farfield Mill. Weavers Café offers a line ofdelicious dishes, ranging from light lunches and homemade soups to delectable cakes and scones. These can be taken with Farrer’s freshly ground Westmorland Blend coffee or Lakeland blend tea. Weavers can accommodate groups of up to 45 people. Bookings and arrangements must be made beforehand.
Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre is open daily during the summer months from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm while the café is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please check the website for details of winter opening hours.
Admission for adults is £3.50, and £3.85 with gift aid. Children aged 16 and under may enter free of charge. Concession tickets cost £3.00, and £3.30 with gift aid.
There is also the option of becoming a Friend of Farfield, £12 for a single person and £20 for joint. This will allow for free entry the entire year. For visitors coming exclusively to the café, there is no admission charge. To find out more about Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre, visit the website at http://www.farfieldmill.org/