Brixton Windmill set to reap rewards of sixth annual harvest festival

BRIXTON Windmill is expecting its biggest and most successful harvest festival yet.

The festival revolves around the windmill and the farmers harvesting for wheat to produce flour for bread at this time of year.

The Open House weekend takes place at the same time and guests can book short tours of the windmill on a first come first served basis.

A Brixton Windmill spokesperson said: “We tend to make quite a big deal of this as a main event of the year.

“We do get a good turnout and try to do more stuff, so we’ve got a lot more going on, each year it gets a little bit bigger.”

She added: “We hope for good weather, but to bring the community together and just to have a nice day.

“It’s a free event and there’s things for children to do, and it’s also a really nice time for the family to come out as well.

“It’s a really nice themed event that we run with music, food and things to do, and new skills to learn.”

The day aims to bring the Brixton community together and often also attracts people from across all of London to visit the windmill.

Comic Relief and The London Community Foundation are just two of the organisations that support the annual event.

The day will be packed with activities for all, such as learning to build haystacks with Father Nature, a poetry recital from the Brixton Windmill Theatre Company, and a baking session with The Old Post Office Bakery.

There will be live performances from The Umbrellagirls, Jug Addicts and Groove School, and free workshops include making herb bath bombs with Pure Goodness, upholstering in rush, cane and seagrass with Irene Dickson, and making your own straw hat with Jane Smith.

The festival has lots of children’s activities such as face painting, a bouncy castle and a snail race, where participants can bring their own snails or back one of the snails provided.

The mill was built in 1816 and went through several years of restoration before closing in 1990.

The festival is now in its sixth year, as it began in the year that the mill was reopened to the public after a number of grants and project works. It takes place on Sunday September 17, 2pm-5pm.

Picture courtesy of Matthew Kirkland via Flickr, with thanks

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