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Our Head Gardeners have been busy building mini beasts, creating new flower and vegetable beds and maintaining our Gardens.

They always try to showcase a range of crops, from fruits and vegetables to cereals and flowers, many of which we use in our Riverside Café.

Here’s a few summer tips to help keep the garden in tip top condition – what to do now!

  • Dead heading to promote further flowers
  • Take relevant for cuttings for propagation
  • Sow spring cabbages – oriental greens
  • Remove lower tomatoes leaves to help ripen
  • Keep picking your crops

What’s looking good now in our garden

  • Tomatoes – 12 varieties including several heritage – have you seen our black tomatoes
  • Large non edible Oregano, which are attracting lots of bees and butterflies!
  • Flower of the year – Zinnia in our small cut flower bed

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NATIONAL ALLOTMENT WEEK – 14th – 20th AUGUST

It’s finally here and we love National Allotment Week. We are really proud of our market gardening heritage in Biggleswade and want to share our knowledge and facts so that we can encourage more people to eat healthier and grow more fruits and vegetables in their little spaces.

Where did it all start?

In 1929, the term allotment was used to describe a piece of land used for a specific purpose such as market gardening and was promoted during the war with the ‘Dig For Victory’ slogans. In the 60’s and 70’s demand for allotments declined but due to media interest and a boost towards healthy eating and food heritage, plots have once again become popular.

Get creative and grow your own!

If you are lucky enough to have a plot or want to create your own, it can sometimes be a bit daunting to get started.

With a bit of thought and advice from books and the internet you really can let your imagination run wild!

It’s a good idea to break down the plants you would like to grow into separate categories.

  • Fruits/vegetables/flowers or herbs

Then start to list what you would like to produce, remember to grow things you like!

Come and talk to us!

During the week we will have lots of facts in and around our allotments to help get you started – maybe a few jokes too! You will also have an opportunity to speak to our Head Gardeners and pick their brains!

We have a great selection of plants available for sale at the mill shop and lots of guide and support on our website

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AFTERNOON TEA WEEK

Its Afternoon Tea Week so come and celebrate with us!

If dinner is too far away and lunch has passed, but you still feel as if you need a treat for the day, then come and celebrate afternoon Tea Week with us.

Afternoon Tea Week taps into the British Tradition of afternoon tea to help bring a bit of elegance to anytime of the day.

How did Tea Week start?

Afternoon Tea Week was established to help secure a tradition that has graced British afternoons since the 1840’s and invented in Bedfordshire. In those days, dinner often wasn’t served until 8pm, and lunch wasn’t actually a thing. Traditionally this meal contains tiny finger sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, and sweet dainties like cakes and pastries to help lift the spirits, bolster energy, and see you through the rest of the day. We even have a gents version!

How to celebrate Afternoon Tea Week

Celebrating Afternoon Tea Week is simple, for the length of a week make a pause for Afternoon Tea a part of your day.

Why not book our Whizzer’s afternoon tea or Shunter's Afternoon Tea and enjoy the real delights in the comfort of our wonderful Oak framed restaurant with river views. Visit our website to view our selection and book online.

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Gardeners Corner with Debbie and Jenny in August

Our Head Gardeners have been busy building mini beasts, creating new flower and vegetable beds and maintaining our Gardens.

They always try to showcase a range of crops, from fruits and vegetables to cereals and flowers, many of which we use in our Riverside Café.

Here’s a few summer tips to help keep the garden in tip top condition - what to do now!

  • Dead heading to promote further flowers
  • Take relevant for cuttings for propagation
  • Sow spring cabbages - oriental greens
  • Remove lower tomatoes leaves to help ripen
  • Keep picking your crops

What's looking good now in our garden

  • Tomatoes - 12 varieties including several heritage - have you seen our black tomatoes
  • Large non edible Oregano, which are attracting lots of bees and butterflies!
  • Flower of the year - Zinnia in our small cut flower bed
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18th AUGUST LATE NIGHT DINING AND LIVE MUSIC

Come and join us for an evening of food and music and choose from a range of starters, mains and desserts all set to tantalise your tastebuds.

Becky Phillips will perform a range of well known classics mixed in with a sprinkle of humour.

Please reserve your table by emailing joy.buchanan@jordansmill.com or call us on 01767 603940. You can also leave your contact details on an online booking form that can be reached through this link.

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THINGS FOR THE KIDS THIS SUMMER

We know that it is difficult to keep the little ones entertainer through the holidays so we have a few activities which should, help to spark their creativity and let them have lots of fun!

'Beasts in the woods' runs from the 1st August until the 31st August, follow this link for more details

Lets go Wild activity books are available from the shop, follow this link for more details

and we have a local artist coming in to run two sessions on the 3rd August making 'wild-e-beasts', follow this link for more details  to book online for this, please follow this link

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MX 5 GATHERING AT JORDANS MILL

Thanks you to 'the gathering' of MX-5 cars that came over to the Mill over the weekend. We're glad you all had a good drive about the county and hope to see you all again!

From the group:

In 1999 Mazda launched the 10th Anniversary Edition. Finished with innocent blue mica paint, distinctive two-tone leather/alcantra seats and polished chrome wheels the 10ae is instantly recognisable. Eighteen years on about 400 cars still grace the British roads. In 2016 thirteen gleaming 10ae cars convened at Carsington Water in Derbyshire for The Gathering. Inspired by the pleasing bling and blue there was a pledge to repeat.

Day 1: By lunchtime 23 gleaming cars from the UK and the Netherlands had gathered at Jordans Mill, home of toasted cereals and tasty breakfast bars. Lunch overlooking the River Ivel, a group photoshoot, and then The Drive.

Day 2: Fourteen MX-5 cars stayed for breakfast at Jordans Mill and then out onto the open road for The Drive.

All said and done, it was a grand weekend and in very good company.

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GARDEN UPDATE – JULY

This month has been hot, with volunteers busy watering... Followed by occasional heavy showers, as has been the case today!

July is also the last opportunity to plant annuals for a final showing of flowers in August/September.

Things to see in the garden this month:

  • Zinnias - it is the year of the zinnia this year, so look out for ours!
  • the perrenial foxgloves are in full bloom.
  • Tomatoes are ripening by the day - we also have a 2 for 1 offer for anyone wanting to pick their own fresh from the vine in the shop.
  • Onions and garlic are drying, ready for the kitchen.
  • beans and courgettes have just started and will be productive until the end of the season.
  • The day lillies are profuse with beds bursting at the seams!
  • Our complementary planting beds are filling out.
  • And finally - look out for our eccinacias which are all in bloom too.
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AFTERNOON TEA OFFER – EXTENDED

Due to popularity and being unable to accommodate all enquiries, we have decided to extend the afternoon tea offer throughout July! Enjoy our freshly baked Afternoon Teas for £15.95 or £18.95 with Prosecco or beer. Our children's Afternoon Tea is £7.95.

Try our Whizzer's Afternoon Tea, our traditional Ladies Afternoon Tea, or our Shunter's Afternoon Tea, a Gentlemen's Afternoon Tea with a difference.

Afternoon Teas are served with freshly prepared sandwiches and savouries and freshly baked scones and cakes.

Afternoon Tea bookings must be made 24 hours in advance with a 50% desposit payable at the time of booking, please call us on 01767 603940 or email joy.buchanan@jordansmill.com to book.

Visit our Riverside Café page to view our full Afternoon Tea menus.

If you would like to buy a voucher for the afternoon teas online, please follow this link. Please note, you will still have to reserve your place to redeem.

*Please note. There are only a limited number of afternoon teas available each day, especially at weekends over the summer, so pre-booking is essential and some dates may not always be available.*

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PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP 26th JULY 2017

Darren Harbar will be running another photography workshop here on the 26th June.

Tickets are available by clicking the following link

The day will run from 10am through to 4pm and will include a buffet lunch.

An ideal gift for someone looking to learn more about photography!

The Jordans Mill photography training workshop will include professional tuition from Darren Harbar Photography. Darren will teach you not only how to capture images around the mill, gardens and grounds of Jordans Mill, but also how best to use your camera settings. This is idea for photography enthusiasts who have recently purchased a new DSLR camera, or for anyone who wishes to learn how better to use a camera they already have. The course will cater for a range of difference experience levels, but is best suited to those who wish to learn from the basics.

Course requirements

Each student must ideally own a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera (DSLR) with a removable lens. The training will be centred around DSLR digital cameras and will include technique on how to manually set the camera. Although we welcome clients who do not have DSLR's, we do not recommend these courses for users of film cameras, Compact System Cameras (CSC) or compact cameras (including those with built-in zooms that look like DSLRs), as the technical ability of these products will not be compatible with some of the training.

It is recommended that students have a zoom lens (something like a 28-80mm is ideal). We are happy for you to also bring additional lenses if you have them. We would also recommend that you bring a tripod to make the most from your day, but this is not essential. You will not need a flashgun, but you should make sure you have spare batteries and memory cards for the day.

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