Jordans Mill launches Mills In Art Competition

This May, artists are invited to Jordans Mill to paint, draw or photograph the historic mill as part of its Mills In Art competition being launched during National Mills Weekend on 9 and 10 May.

Artists can visit Jordans Mill any time during May where they can capture the Mill in their chosen artistic medium and enter their artwork into the Mills In Art competition. There is plenty of seating available at Jordans Mill with fantastic views of the Mill and the river Ivel with lots of ideal spots from which to paint, draw or photograph the Mill.

Seating is available in the Mill Gardens and on the outside terrace area. Artists wishing to sit on the Mill Meadow directly opposite the Mill are asked to bring along their own chair or stool.

The winner of the Mills In Art competition will have their piece of art printed on a postcard to be sold in the Jordans Mill Store as well as winning a guided tour of the Mill, lunch for two in the Riverside Café, a Jordans Cereals hamper and their artwork will also be used on Jordans Mill’s social media for a month.

Full credits will be given to the winning artist representing a fantastic opportunity for artists to have their work viewed and admired by many.

The competition includes three categories: fine art, photography and under 16. The children’s colouring competition will be judged separately. Entries must be submitted by 4pm on Sunday, 31 May.

Judging will take place during the first week of June and the judges’ decision is final. The competition will be judged by Bill Jordan and a local artist.

National Mills Weekend is an annual event and this year will celebrated by mills across the UK on 9 and 10 May, the theme for 2015 is Mills In Art.

Please note that all visitors who attend Jordans Mill are required to adhere to our Health and Safety policy whilst on site. Artists are not to leave personal equipment unattended or where it can become a trip hazard, block fire exits or impede access routes.

The decking area will be restricted to a maximum of four artists, no access to the working side of the watermill.

For more information on the Mills In Art Competition, email or call 01767 603940.

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Spring Fayre Saturday 25th April – fun-filled family day out

Jordans Mill is preparing to host its first ever Spring Fayre, which promises to be a fun-filled family day with something for everyone.

The Fayre will feature a wide range of stalls from local food and craft producers as well as children’s activities throughout the day.

Foodies, families, garden enthusiasts and gift seekers will all be catered for at the Spring Fayre with free admission and free entry to the Mill Gardens throughout the day.

The Fayre is open from 10am until 5pm with the Riverside Café serving delicious meals and snacks so Fayre-goers can browse, shop, eat and enjoy to their heart’s content.

To keep younger visitors occupied, Bedfordshire storyteller Jane Lambourne will be bringing her imaginative and interactive story walks to Jordans Mill, with two walks lasting around an hour each at 11am and 2pm. Booking is essential and places can be reserved by emailing us at or calling 01767 603940.

The fantastic ‘Teaching Talons’ will also be letting children get up close to their wide range of animals, reptiles and amphibians as they provide educational animal encounters in the Mill Barn. ‘Teaching Talons’ will be at the Spring Fayre from 10am until 3pm. Craft activities will also be available for a small charge.

Nicky Carlyle is Marketing Manager at Jordans Mill, she said: “The Spring Fayre is a fantastic way for us to kick off our jam-packed programme of spring and summer events. We are very fortunate here in Bedfordshire to have some top quality local food and craft producers and we’re sure that visitors to our Spring Fayre will find lots of wonderful products to enjoy. The Spring Fayre offers an opportunity for us to not only showcase Jordans Mill’s food and milling heritage, but also the diversity and quality of Bedfordshires’s food and craft producers.

“We’ve also made sure that our younger visitors can have fun and stay entertained with story walks and animal encounters, making sure this will be a fun, family day out.”

For more information on the Spring Fayre and to book the story walk, call 01767 603940 or email


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Lambs arrive at the Mill Meadow

The Mill Meadow has become home to three lambs and two ewes just in time for Easter, and they're settling in rather well.

They've been causing quite a stir already with visitors enjoying meeting our new additions who have set up residence in part of our meadow.

The lambs will provide a pleasing backdrop to those joining us over the Easter weekend for our Easter Carrot Hunt which will take families on a fun hunt for nine hidden carrots in our meadow and woodland.

The Easter Carrot Hunt is £1 per child with each child receiving a bag of Easter goodies and a bag of carrot seed, so they can plant their own carrots at home.



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