This is a fascinating mill run by English Heritage. They fire up the Victorian Steam Engine the first weekend of every month and bank holidays from April through September (they are open from April til the end of the October half term) and there are family friendly guided tours around the mill.
It’s small, personable and even I can understand what most of the moving parts are doing! You can really get a sense of what it must have been like for the 250 men and boys who churned out a 1/4 million bobbins a week – wading through waist deep discarded shavings to keep warm in the winter. And it’s a great way to inspire budding engineers – or potential industrial historians!
Stott Park Bobbin Mill is about a 1/2 hour drive from the holiday cottage, just north of Newby Bridge. For more details click here for the English Heritage website.