Open Weekend National Mills Weekend
Friends of Windmill Gardens open Brixton Windmill on the second weekend of every month from April- October. Brixton Windmill’s Open Days are a unique opportunity to learn more about this special landmark in our local history. On open days, Brixton Windmill offers guided walks and tours, and the café and shop will be open.
Windmill Gardens, Shop, and Café
Brixton Windmill Open Days are an excellent time to come down and visit the Windmill Gardens. The Windmill Gardens is a peaceful award-winning park overlooked by the grade II* listed Windmill itself. The heart of the local community, Windmill Gardens is home to a children’s playground, a stay and play facility for pre-school children managed by Maytree Nursery, a wonderful mural depicting the past, present and future of Brixton Windmill, and a well-used ping pong table.
Windmill Gardens also hosts the Brixton Windmill Centre. Built by Lambeth Council next to the windmill and leased to the Friends, the centre opened early in 2020 and is used as a visitor centre for Brixton Windmill, an education space, and a community venue that can be hired by local people. On Open Days, the Centre operates a volunteer-run visitors shop and café.
Come and enjoy a hot or cold beverage in tranquil shadow of the beautiful Brixton Windmill.
All tours are led by our team of volunteers.
On a tour of Brixton Windmill you will see two sets of millstones – the original wind-powered machinery, and the smaller stones installed by the Ashby family in 1902 that were driven by steam. Now they run on electricity and are used by our volunteer millers to produce Brixton Windmill flour.
The full tour is £5 and takes 30 minutes, and you must book in advance on our website. Tours usually get booked up very quickly and open up to a month in advance. Cancellations and last minute availability are advertised on social media.
If there are no places available for a full tour, ‘turn up and go’ short tours are also available throughout the afternoon for a small donation.
Because of the limited space inside the windmill and government guidelines on social distancing, restrictions may apply during your tour. It is your responsibility to ensure you comply with current government guidance and practice social distancing at all times.
You will need to bring and wear your own face mask on your tour. Hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities are available. Please follow NHS advice on the coronavirus and do not attend if you have symptoms or are in a high-risk group.
London Blue Badge Guide Liz du Parcq guises these popular walks in the Brixton Hill area. Liz is a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide who has lived in Lambeth since 1970, was an elected Lambeth councillor for our local ward from 1974 until 1982, and is a life member of the Friends of Windmill Gardens. The walks start from Brixton Windmill promptly at 1pm and last about 1.5 hours, depending on the walking speed of the group and the questions that come up. You will need to book online in advance.
You can learn more about Liz’s wonderful guided walks and book a space here.
Health and Safety
We love to welcome visitors to Brixton Windmill, and we hope you will enjoy learning about this unique building. As well as telling you about the windmill and its history, our guides and stewards are also there to ensure your safety – so please stay with them and listen to their advice and instructions to help get the most from your visit.
As a former industrial building, Brixton Windmill has potential dangers, including steep ladders, low beams and heavy machinery. It’s also a very small space, so the number of visitors at any one time is restricted. You will be asked to sign in on the ground floor.
Children are very welcome, but because of the steep ladders they are not allowed to go above the first floor if they are less than 1.2m tall. They must be able to climb the stairs by themselves. You will not be able to carry babies and young children on the stairs.
If you have mobility problems, health concerns or don’t like heights or climbing ladders, you may also prefer to remain on the ground or first floor. Please tell the guide or steward if you think you may have problems.
We hope you enjoy your visit!