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
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, throughout the week, provided by our partners, The Partea Hut, and a more limited menu on Sundays when our volunteers will look after you. 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.
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. Contact Susan Ferguson on 01362 698209 or 07774 429728 or download and email a completed booking form
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.