Learn, Relax, Walk

Learn about how flour was milled in a Grade 2 listed, 19th century windmill

Relax in our coffee shop or at our picnic tables

Walk in our extensive grounds – dogs are welcome

Windmill Closure

We are sorry to announce that Dereham Windmill remains closed to visitors. You are most welcome to use the grounds in accordance with Government guidance and of course our friends at The Partea Hut are providing a take away service. Please see Coffee Shop for more details. Thank you for your support.



the windmill


Dereham Windmill is the last of several windmills in the Dereham District. It was built in 1835 and is a five-storey brick tower mill with a boat shaped cap winded by a six bladed fantail. Rescued from dereliction in the 1980s, the mill was recently restored as an exhibition centre. It is located in Cherry Lane (near Neatherd High School) and car access is via Greenfields Road.



The windmill is set in extensive dog-friendly grounds that are connected to a number of rural walks in and around the Dereham area. Our Coffee Shop serves a wide range of refreshments, from Wednesday - Saturdays, 10.00 - 3.00, provided by our partners, The Partea Hut. Dogs are not allowed in the Coffee Shop. Full disabled facilities are available within the coffee shop and grounds, including a specially adapted picnic bench.


There are five floors connected by steps that are steep but have good handrails. The ground floor is fully accessible and is where videos telling the story of the windmill and how flour is milled may be viewed. Our Windmill Guides may also escort visitors on a guided tour of the whole building. On the first floor you can meet the ghost of Miller Fendick who might tell you about his life as a miller. Also, on every floor, there are illustrated explanations of what happened in each area when the mill was full of noise and flour dust.



We organise exhibitions each month in the windmill by local schools, artists, and other organisations. Do come and browse what is on show this month in this unique location. 


The Windmill Community Hall / Coffee Shop

The Windmill Community Hall/Coffee Shop is available to hire for meetings and small parties when not open to the public. The cost is £25 for the first 2 hours and £10 for each additional hour. Catering is also available for an additional charge. 


Download the booking form


Get involved


We are always looking for supporters to help in the daily running of the Dereham Windmill. If you would like to help, please have a look at the Get Involved page.

Click here for further information