Friends of Marsh Mill

Friends of Marsh Mill

The Friends of Marsh Mill look after the windmill at Thornton and try to keep it open as much as possible, so that you can see inside, watch the sails turn and see how the grinding equipment works.

Marsh Mill Windmill is an attractive part of Thornton Cleveleys heritage, and a Grade II* Listed building.

It’s open weekends from Easter until November. You can see the sails turn on selected special days.

Marsh Mill Windmill at Marsh Mill Village, Thornton

Marsh Mill Windmill – Open Days in 2018

Marsh Mill Windmill will be reopening on Saturday 31 March for the 2018 season.

Join us every weekend from Easter until early November, from 11am to 3pm for tours, activities, arts and more.

Admission to the Mill is £2.00 per adult, (£1.00 for children) and £3.50 for a family ticket. Admission price includes a tour, kiddies activities and exhibitions.

Special Events at Marsh Mill in 2018

See the sails turning at these special events this year. Open from 11am to 3pm

Easter weekend Grand Opening – 31 March and 1 April

At Marsh Mill Windmill on 31 March and 1 April the sails will turn, there’ll be craft activities for the children and you can take a tour of the Mill. Our beautifully restored Grade II listed tower mill is a blast to the past. Standing at over 70 feet, Marsh Mill is one of the tallest mills in Europe, and the best preserved windmill in the North West of England with much of the original machinery still intact.

National Mills Weekend – 12 and 13 May

Thornton Gala – 10 June

Heritage Open Days – 15 and 16 September

Marsh Mill 223rd Birthday – 20 and 21 October

Christmas Lights Switch On – 25 November

Would you like to Volunteer?

Would you, or anyone you know, like to join the happy and dedicated Friends of Marsh Mill volunteers for this years season?

Marsh Mill reopens to the public on Easter Saturday 31 March and will be open 11am until 3pm every Saturday and Sunday until early November.

Research by the Friends as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund Start-up grant has shown that Marsh Mill is one of the most visited windmills in England. In addition, it is open for longer hours when it is open and the season is longer too.

In order to maintain this impressive availability to the public the Friends rely on volunteers – both as welcome/reception staff who answer general enquiries and as tour guides.

If you, or someone who you know would like further information, please get in touch.

Email the Chairperson Michael Brightman on or WyreCouncil’s volunteers coordinator, Simon Swindells at

More about the Friends of Marsh Mill

This group was formed in January 2013 to give an independent voice to discussions about its long-term conservation and preservation. Another key aim is to set up a calendar of events to raise the mill’s profile.

But they can’t do everything on their own and need your help.

The importance of the mill to the community during its operational years cannot be underestimated; in short it helped to feed our families during and after the Industrial Revolution, for which we should be very grateful.

As a group, the Friends intend to ensure that, working in partnership with others, Marsh Mill continues to stand proud during the digital revolution of which we are now part and for many, many years beyond.

Marsh Mill is a hugely important part of Wyre’s history and it’s important to see it preserved.

Join the Friends of Marsh Mill

Marsh Mill, Fleetwood Road North, Thornton Cleveleys, FY5 4JZ

If your interest in the mill has been sparked, how about joining the Friends of Marsh Mill to help preserve a great asset and get involved with more social activities?

Email the Chairperson Michael Brightman on or WyreCouncil’s volunteers coordinator, Simon Swindells at

More about Marsh Mill today

History of Marsh Mill

Friends of Marsh Mill Facebook page

Other windmills on the Fylde Coast

More about Little Marton Windmill

More about Lytham Windmill

News from the Friends of Marsh Mill

Former gala queen Holly Moorhouse was determined to keep a great tradition alive, and the result was a special exhibition charting 118 years of Thornton Cleveleys Gala.

Thornton Cleveleys Gala exhibition at Marsh Mill
Holly Moorhouse (right) and Ann Charlesworth, a committee member of the Friends of Marsh Mill, look at some of the items on display.

Costumes, photographs, trophies and other memorabilia were among the items on display at Marsh Mill, Thornton, in 2016.

Holly, 22, said: “It’s important we keep the gala going and we don’t lose all these memories. It took a lot of hours to put it together but I was delighted with the result.”

Holly’s gala queen dress from 2009 was among the items on show. She said: “The tradition of having a gala queen didn’t start until the 1920s. Before that it was just a parade.

“We were surprised at the age of some of the items we got. The oldest picture was from about 1908. People really enjoyed reliving memories and looking at the old things.”

Holly is on the gala committee with her mum Helen who said: “We got involved because the old committee was standing down and it would have been a shame to see the gala come to an end.”

The committee is always looking for more people to get involved. Those interested can call Mrs Moorhouse on 07701 097990 or at

Marsh Mill Sails Turned to Mark 221 Years

(Published Nov 15)

There was delight for all who love Marsh Mill as the sails were turned to celebrate its 221st birthday.

Mayor of Wyre cuts the 221st birthday cake
Mayor of Wyre Councillor Tom Balmain cuts the Marsh Mill 221st Birthday Cake

The sails had been in action a few days before the anniversary celebration, but there were cheers as they were set in motion again at a Friday night party to preview two days of displays and activities.

The sails and internal machinery were in use again over the birthday weekend, adding to the interest for those taking tours of the mill.

Mayor of Wyre Councillor Tom Balmain officially opened the event by cutting a birthday cake and was then able to sample some of the interesting displays which attracted large crowds over the weekend.

Marsh Mill Celebrates it’s 220th Birthday

(Published 19.10.14)

Marsh Mill was open to the public with free guided tours to the top and a variety of attractions to enjoy, as they celebrated this landmark event.

Friends of Marsh Mill celebrate 220 years
Friends of Marsh Mill celebrate 220 years

Exhibitions highlighted local history including the first one hundred years of the mill.

Hand grinding at Marsh Mill

On the Ground Floor and First Floor there are milling artefacts and information about Marsh Mill and other mills. Also a hand quern where you can try your hand at grinding corn.

Marsh Mill is one of the oldest and tallest buildings on the Fylde Coast, is Grade II* listed and one of the most historically important buildings in the north west of England.

It’s owned by Melrose Developments (who own the Marsh Mill Village) and was leased back to Wyre Council for a period of twenty years.

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