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Featured link: Eling Tide Mill

Eling Tide Mill Experience reopened in April 2018, with an official opening attended by HRH The Duke of Gloucester, after the Grade II* listed tide mill, new visitor centre and their open spaces around Bartley Watermillpond and Goatee Beach, had been closed for a major refurbishment project.


In the tide mill old safety barriers have been replaced with glass screens allowing uninterrupted views of the working mill machinery and water wheels. New interpretation supports visitors and includes text specifically for family visitors. The mill shop has been refurbished, with new displays and a lighter, brighter environment. A lift has also been installed allowing visitors with mobility difficulties to access the ground floor for the first time. In the visitor centre a new permanent exhibition tells the story of the tide mill and the local area for the first time. Visitors can try milling flour or operating a mini-working model of the tide mill. Families with young children can try some of the matching and sorting activities on offer. The visitor centre has been extended to incorporate the new Mill Café, serving lunches and homemade cakes; some made using the tide mill’s own flour. Talks, school trips and holiday activity sessions will be hosted in the John Chandler Activity Room, named for a former miller. The centre is now fully accessible to wheelchair users.

New footpaths, bridges and wooden boardwalks have been created around Bartley Water and down to Goatee Beach, making the mill’s lovely natural setting accessible to wheelchairs users and pushchairs.

The improvements have been supported by National Lottery players through a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £1.7m. The project was managed by New Forest District Council, which owns the tide mill, and provided further investment in the project, along with Totton and Eling Town Council, which runs Eling Tide Mill Experience.