FREE school visits are available at Howsham Mill.  We offer a range of activities which connect with the National Curriculum. These can be adapted for all age groups and abilities.  We are also more than happy to put together a bespoke day for you and your group. 

These “Learning” pages should show you what kinds of activities we offer. We also have a selection of case studies to show what we have done so far, and a range of resources available. 

We always advise a pre-visit before bringing school parties to the Mill. If you would like to book a school visit, or have any queries about making a visit, please contact Helen Spring, our Education Manager.  There is also a short video on YouTube which it may be helpful for teachers to watch in advance of booking a visit.

We always send out an up-to-date risk assessment as part of our booking process – schools and other groups should also carry out a risk assessment in line with guidance from their own organisations.  

School visits and activities at Howsham Mill have been developed with the National Curriculum in mind, strongly linked to Science, Technology & History. Visits are designed to inform pupils as well as develop their skills and understanding.  

Helen Spring, who leads our education programme, is a qualified and experienced teacher with a background in environmental education and delivering primary science CPD.  Helen is also a Level 3 Forest School Practitioner and offers activities that relate to the Forest School Initiative.

We are also able to offer Howsham Mill as a venue for inset days or other teacher events.  We are always open to new ideas for school visits and activities, so please contact us if you have something you would like us to trial! 

Information about some of our workshops can be found below.  Most schools simply contact Helen who is able to plan a visit which links to the children’s current topic.  

Child sat around a log fire

Forest School

Forest School offers children the opportunity to achieve and develop confidence and self esteem through [...]

school watching someone milling and bread making

History Of Milling And Bread Making

Howsham Mill was built in 1755 as a corn grinding mill. This workshop, which addresses many [...]

Teacher and Children looking around equipment

Energy Island

Howsham Mill is a generator of Renewable Energy through the waterwheel and an Archimedean Screw. [...]

A Diagram on big paper


Identify minibeasts and / or plants, create a branching database and take part in a [...]

2 old unused broken cogs


Explore Gears, Levers, Pulleys and Cams. See mechanical forces in action... Howsham Mill is powered [...]

school working through the woods


Bug hunts, habitat postcards, food chain tag and camouflage masks! Covering many of the objectives [...]

A Device called a meter pictogram

Data Logging

Using data loggers is an essential part of the primary science curriculum. We have purchased [...]

A girl using a paper plate to look through

Outdoor Maths

Come and join us for a day of putting maths into a real life context! [...]


“Helen was a fantastic leader. She explained all the activities clearly and had planned and prepared well to ensure the day ran smoothly. Prior to the visit she was prompt returning emails and answering questions. Although there are a lot of potential risks on site, these were managed really well and at not point were the children in danger… The children had a fantastic day and really enjoyed all of the activities. All staff commented on how different it was to go on such an outdoors based visit and what an experience it was for many of our children who don’t often get that opportunity. It was lovely to see them take risks but in a safe environment. Many of them said it was their favourite trip ever!”

“Helen’s communication with ourselves was excellent.  She answered any queries we had with efficiency and was absolutely great with our children… We found the visit really tailored to our group and it fit into the year 6 curriculum perfectly thanks to Helen.  The environment of the Mill lends itself perfectly to learn more about elements of Science.  We will definitely be back.  Thanks very much Helen!”

The children had so many questions and Helen took time and care to answer all of these, really broadening the children’s knowledge of habitats… Just to say all of the children and staff had a truly brilliant day. Thank you for making it such a great and memorable trip!”

“It was a well-organised day in a fabulous setting.  Thank you for the marshmallow treats too – they were fab!”