Join us from 3rd to 6th April for an Easter Carrot Hunt around Jordans Mill! Our friendly Easter Bunny has hidden nine carrots for you to find, with a bag of goodies and a bag of vegetable or flower seed for everyone who finds all nine (seed available while stocks last).
The Easter Carrot Hunt will take you on a fun hunt in our woodland and meadow, with new activities and installations to explore along the way including our log balancing beams, teepee, insect hotel and beautiful spring flowers to admire.
The Easter Carrot Hunt is £1 per child and entry into our Mill Gardens is free.
On Easter Sunday we're serving a special three-course Easter lunch in our Riverside Cafe: tender and delicious spring lamb with all the trimmings or a tasty broad bean, pea and asparagus tagliatelle, plus starters, sides and desserts.
We're also running our popular children's activity sessions on 7th and 9th April in the Mill Barn, booking is essential, please call us on 01767 603940 to reserve your place.
On Sunday 22 March, the Biggleswade Green Wheel opens officially to the public with Jordans Mill hosting the launch event.
The Biggleswade Green Wheel is a seven-mile route for both cyclists and walkers passing through areas of landscape, heritage and wildlife interest, including Jordans Mill, which is the only refreshment stop on the route.
Sections of the Green Wheel are suitable for all the family and the route is a great way to get out and about in the great outdoors exploring the local area.
There are several events happening this Sunday including guided walks and a cycle ride with the official launch taking place here at Jordans Mill at 1.30pm.
For more details on the guided walks and cycle rides visit the Central Bedfordshire website
The Green Wheel is a partnership between Central Bedfordshire Council and Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity with support from Biggleswade Town Council.
New paths have been created and existing routes upgraded to create a complete circuit. Much of the route is on off-road paths which have been created to provide a good walking and cycling surface while blending into the natural setting.
The main route is 7.5 miles with the longer walkers’ option including Biggleswade Common being 8.75 miles.
Jordans Mill has been popular as a stop-off refreshment point for cyclists and walkers since we opened and we look forward to welcoming many more with the opening of the Biggleswade Green Wheel.
On 24 March Jordans Mill will host a Swap Shop event for leisure and tourism businesses in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. Open to all attractions and businesses operating in this sector, the event aims to bring together like-minded firms and individuals for informal networking and to swap business cards and promotional literature.
Businesses confirmed so far include the Shuttleworth Collection, Woburn Heritage Centre, Whipsnade Zoo, Knebworth House plus B&Bs and public transport companies.
The event promises to be a great way to get to know similar companies operating in the local area and explore potential opportunities for cross-promotion.
For more information and to register your interest in the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Swap Shop is being run jointly by Jordans Mill and Get Smart Promotions.
Following the successful planting of two Warden Pear trees in February, once mentioned in Shakespeare’s play The Winter’s Tale, Paul Labous from Shuttleworth College has returned to repair our poorly old Comice pear tree.
Paul is a lecturer at Shuttleworth College and specialises in the old and now dying craft of grafting, a technique that was also used in the propagation of the Warden Pear trees.
To save our Comice pear tree Paul used a technique known as bridge grafting, a wound-healing technique where the plant is wounded in order to heal it.
The Comice pear tree had a severe cut two-thirds of the way through its trunk, which came from an old orchard practice where it was used to induce prolific flowering and fruiting. However this, together with transplanting shock and our poor, free draining soil, led to this pear tree suffering badly last summer. Paul suggested trying to help the tree along by bridge grafting over the old wound, which should allow the tree to transport more nutrients and water from the roots to the shoots.
Bridge grafting is a specific process; for the keen gardeners amongst you we have outlined the steps below with images illustrating the technique.
- Preparation including sharpening tools and melting the sealing wax
- The wound to be bridge grafted
- Cutting the scion (the piece of wood used to bridge the wound)
- Measuring the scion
- Inserting the scion under the bark
- First completed bridge graft
- Sealing the grafts with wax to prevent them from drying out
- Pear tree after bridge grafting
As we head into spring, the Jordans Mill Gardens are really coming into their own with cereal crops, spring bulbs and fruit and vegetables to discover and admire. Our Gardens are open daily from 10am until 5pm. Visit Jordans Mill and learn more about our milling heritage, and how we’re keeping our food heritage alive today.
This Mother’s Day, Jordans Mill is pulling out all the stops to help you show your Mum just how much you appreciate her. Join us in the Riverside Café on Sunday, 15th March for a special Mother’s Day lunch, all freshly prepared and made using locally sourced ingredients.
Then, take a wander around our relaxing and beautiful Mill Gardens, with every Mum enjoying free admission plus a free gift to show her just how much she’s thought of.
For your three-course Mother’s Day lunch choose from mouth-watering smoked salmon and asparagus terrine or tastebud-tingling French onion soup served with croute de flute to start, followed by tender roast lamb or a fresh broad bean, pea and asparagus tagliatelle.
For children, choose a smaller portion of either of the main dishes and to round off your sumptuous meal, take your pick from a selection of delicious cakes. To view our full menu click here http://jordansmill.com/jordansmill/cafe-and-shop/ - booking isn’t necessary unless your party is six or more.
Once you’ve had your fill of delicious food, take the opportunity to stretch your legs and enjoy some fresh air strolling in our Mill Gardens and meadow, with all Mums visiting for free. The little ones will have great fun meeting our sheep and exploring our insect hotel to see just how many bugs and beasties have taken up residence.
And with every Mum also receiving a free gift, it’s sure to be a Mother’s Day she’ll remember.