Cogglesford Watermill

Opening times: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 12 noon to 4pm

In a picturesque setting by the River Slea, this award winning, fully restored working watermill is thought to be the only Sheriff’s Watermill still operating in England, and millers have produced flour on this site for over a thousand years.

During 2021, North Kesteven District Council funded the restoration of the waterwheel, and now visitors can see this fantastic piece of historic machinery in action once again.

Stone ground flour produced in the mill is sold in the shop together with locally sourced produce and goods. Events are held throughout the year alongside the monthly milling days, special events and weekly wheel turning.

You can also enjoy the riverside setting with a cold drink or ice cream during the summer months, or a hot drink and a cake inside during the chilly winter!

With just a short walk between the mill and Navigation House, a combined visit gives visitors a fantastic background on the history on what was once a thriving riverside industry.

Click the button below to take a sneak peek at Cogglesford Watermill before your visit.

Virtual Tour


Milling Days

Second Sunday of every month.

As well as our weekly wheel turning, once a month you can see the whole mill in action as staff and volunteers work the machinery to grind flour. A great Living History lesson all ages will enjoy!

Our next milling day is: Sunday 12th February, 12pm-4pm


History Tours

Last Friday of every month.

New for 2023! If you’re interested in a more detailed history of Cogglesford Watermill, come along on the last Friday of every month (beginning February 24th 2023) for a free guided tour from local historian Simon Pawley.

If you’re planning to visit with a group of more than 6 people, please contact us to arrange a separate group visit.

History Tours at Cogglesford Watermill, on the last Friday of every month from February 2023.

Our first history tour is Friday 24th February.


Milling Experiences

An amazing gift or team building afternoon.

Would you or a loved one like to be trained as a miller for a shift at this historic venue?

We’re now offering the chance to operate this amazing building yourself and mill your own bags of flour! You’ll be supervised by a skilled miller but you’ll be in control, operating the machinery as millers have done for hundreds of years.

Also a brilliant team building exercise, you can book for up to four ‘apprentices’! Find out all you need to know here or email the mill for more information.

Retail & Shopping

The retail area at Cogglesford Watermill is a pleasure in itself – browse locally sourced produce and gifts with the sound of the River Slea bubbling in the background!

The perfect place to pick up a gift hamper for a loved one, or for a tasty souvenir of the area.

Schools & Group Visits

With workshops, demonstrations and loans boxes focusing on local history, trade and food production, Cogglesford Watermill is a unique and engaging trip that will inspire education groups of any age. Please email [email protected] or call 01529 308102 to discuss your visit.

In the meantime, click the button below for activities, recipes and more!

Family Activities

Volunteer at Cogglesford Watermill

Interested in volunteering? Apply here:

Opening hours

Opening Hours
Day Times
Monday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Weekends 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please note – the mill will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day



Assistance dogs are welcome on site

Disabled Access

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Many thanks to Graham and Sylvia for having us on DRIVE #Thursday this afternoon - it was great to share the things we love about our mill!

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There's been love for some local businesses and the River Slea!
This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Another flour delivery made to the fantastic Sleaford Community Grocers, with thanks to Cope Seeds and Grain for their donation of wheat to the mill.

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Our #LoveSleaford heart seat is now installed at the Riverside shopping centre in Sleaford, ready for its debut from tomorrow!

Working with local businesses, we're inviting everyone to help create a visible expression of what they like and love about Sleaford by…

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