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Brixton windmill and buckwheat

Image: Nick Weedon

A unique mill in the heart of London

Brixton Windmill is now closed for the winter. It will reopen for public tours at the end of March 2017.

Brixton Windmill is 200 years old in 2016! You can see videos of several bicentenary events on our YouTube channel, including one of National Mills Weekend 2016, when we dressed the common sails in sailcloth designed and printed by Eley Kishimoto, our creative ambassador for the year.

  • Lambeth Council has approved £360,000 for a new education centre to be built in Windmill Gardens (see right). The proposals are subject to planning permission and consultation - watch this space for future updates.
  • Our spookiest event of the year returns on Sunday 30 October, with scary stories, pumpkin carving and frightening face painting for Hallowe'en.
  • The eighth article in our series A History of Brixton Windmill in 16 Objects looks at the monkey's fist knots on the rope banisters - did you know they could be classed as an offensive weapon?
  • What have you made with Brixton Windmill flour? Post a picture of your creation and we'll include it in our new gallery!
  • Tai chi classes are still running every Saturday, 11am-12pm. No experience required. The classes are currently unfunded, so donations to tutors are welcome.
  • Read about our training session for volunteer millers, when the stones in Brixton Windmill ground flour for the first time in 80 years. The video below was shot by London Live, who sent a camera crew to record the momentous occasion!


Brixton Windmill and heritage wheat

© Nick Weedon

Brixton Windmill is a tangible reminder to all Londoners of the close links that the capital had with agriculture and food production.

Mural painting in Windmill Gardens

Our image gallery includes a collection of photos of Brixton Windmill before, during and after restoration, as well as events in Windmill Gardens

Educational visits Find out more about our education programme of school visits

Friends of Windmill Gardens

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The Friends of Windmill Gardens is a local residents' group that holds regular events in the park and provides volunteer guides for visits to the windmill.

  • Get involved as a volunteer
  • Catch up with the latest on our blog
  • Support us by becoming a member
  • See photos of our activities on Flickr

The Friends of Windmill Gardens were formed in 2003 to raise the profile of Brixton Windmill and campaign for its restoration. Now the mill is working again, we are helping to educate visitors and improve the surrounding park.

New education centre

We are delighted that, in the year of Brixton Windmill's bicentenary, Lambeth Council has approved the expenditure of £360,000 for the construction of an education centre in Windmill Gardens.

Under the plan, the Friends will be granted a three-year lease to run and maintain the centre. This will allow us to maintain and expand our very successful education programme with local schools and beyond, as well as developing milling and other activities to provide an income to safeguard the future of Brixton Windmill.

We will continue to work with Clearview Consulting to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a Resilient Heritage grant to recruit a centre manager.

Squire & Partners, the architects who worked with the Friends, Lambeth Council and Clearview Consulting as part of the first stage design, will be continuing with the overall design and build of the education centre subject to planning consent.This is anticipated for the end of November / early December 2016.

We will publish further updates here as they occur.