In the early years, the mill was a self-sufficient community. The river not only powered the machinery but was also full of eels and other wildlife. There was a blacksmith's shop next door and pigs were reared on apples from the orchard and sweepings of grain and flour. Traditionally, millers made gear teeth out apple wood which was always available from the orchard.
Today, the Mill once again grinds flour, much as it used to. Millers tell the same tall stories and the machinery creaks, groans and splashes away. Since its restoration, the Mill has become a hub of activity where you can join artists and crafts people to learn a new skill. Whether you choose to be creative or quiet, the setting is inspirational and always has something to offer.
Limestone and timber buildings form a courtyard which is the focal point for activities at Bromham Mill. Activities include Milling, Bread Baking, National Apple Day, Mask making, Theatre, Folk Festival, Conservation Days and a Teddy Bears Picnic.
The Mill is set in seven acres of water meadows, rich in bird and plant life. The river and mill provide an ideal setting for a picnic. The enormous 26 arch Bromham Bridge spans the river alongside the Mill. The site is ideal as a starting point for walks into the surrounding parkland and further afield, via a system of waymarked circular routes.
The Bromham Mill Apple Day is in October each year.A day out for the entire family with a local food fayre, apple identification, storytelling, puppet shows, local beer and cider, morris dancing, the big draw with Bedford Arts Forum, apple bobbing, bedfordshire clangers, calvados, honey and more.
The mill is also available for groups at any time and they give guided tours, baking lessons and craft activities on request for a small fee.