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Art in the Park on 14 August

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In the middle of the windmill bicentenary celebrations, Art in the Park returns to Windmill Gardens on Sunday 14 August for its own 8th birthday.  

Workshops for adults, children and families will start from 2pm, offering the opportunity to develop your creativity, inspired by Brixton's historic windmill. 
  • Unveiling the Past will lead you to design a blue plaque for a person of great importance for Brixton Windmill: can you guess who?
  • You might be drawn by the Windmill… but not in the way you think, as you devise interesting patterns for our bicentenary monument.
  • Let’s go fly a kite! and T-shirt designing are two other workshops where you can have fun side by side with your children.
All workshops are free and will be led by welcoming and knowledgeable local artists.

Plus there will be many other opportunities to have fun, from badge making to finger painting and mask making. Or just sit quietly and enjoy painting the windmill!

The windmill is also open for tours, and there is a guided walk of Brixton Hill starting at 1pm.

Volunteer training for guides 

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If you'd like to get more involved as a volunteer at Brixton Windmill, we're running some training sessions for guides and millers.

The training for guides is on Thursday 4 August, 6-8pm, in the building next to the windmill. Please email if you are interested. More info on our website.

Free jam making workshop on 6 August

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Come and learn how to make jam in a free workshop on Saturday 6 August, 2-4pm, in St Paul's Community Centre, 24 Blenheim Gardens, SW2 5BZ.

We will be using some fruit from our own bushes in Windmill Gardens (above), though we will probably have to supplement this, as foragers both human and avian have already feasted on much of the harvest! 

New park bench

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The Friends of Windmill Gardens are grateful to the children of Catherine Black née Ashby for donating a new bench to Windmill Gardens in memory of their mother Catherine.

Catherine, who sadly died aged only 60 in 2008, was a great genealogist and traced her connection to Brixton Windmill back to Amos, the youngest son of the first miller at Brixton. Her family have kindly shared the results of this meticulous research into the history of the Ashby family with the Friends.

We would like to thank Eleanor Black (above) and her brother for their kind donation in memory of their mother. The bench, which is sited close to the windmill, is being well used by visitors.

The quotation on the bench - "Then when it comes to us, the answer is so simple after all" - is from the poem So Many Different Lengths of Time by Brian Patten.

September dates for your diary

It's been a terrifically busy and successful 200th anniversary year so far - but there's still more to come before Brixton Windmill closes for the season in October. 

September is Lambeth Heritage Festival, a month-long festival led by Lambeth Archives and the Lambeth Local History Forum - look out for the information booklet in local libraries or download it here

London Design Festival also runs 17-25 September, and Brixton is an official Design District for the first time. We are delighted to be part of the Brixton Design Trail and are running special events on Sunday 18 September alongside our Harvest Festival. It's also Open House Weekend, so it's going to be busy!

So here are some dates for your diary in September.
  • 8 September: Bat walk in Windmill Gardensled by Dr Iain Boulton. Meet at the gates of Windmill Gardens at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.
  • 10 and 11 September: Guided walk of Brixton Hill, starting from Brixton Windmill at 1pm. Windmill is also open for tours 2-5pm.
  • 17 September: Open House weekend - windmill open for tours 1-5pm.
  • 18 September: Harvest Festival, with milling corn grown in Lambeth parks, animals from Brixton City Farm, games and other family events. The common sails will be dressed with sailcloth designed by Eley Kishimoto, and Brixton Bugle will be creating windmill sculptures with Hillmead Primary School as part of Brixton Design Trail. Windmill is also open for tours 1-5pm.
  • 28 September: Brixton Windmill Lecture on windpower in Lambeth by Simon Mills of Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings Mills Section. The talk will be at Corpus Christi Church Hall, 11 Trent Road, SW2 5BJ, at 7pm.

News in brief

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  • We're delighted that we've retained our Green Flag Community Award, which we gained last year for the first time. Big thanks to the Parks Group and corporate volunteers like those from Blackbaud Europe (above) who have worked so hard to keep the park looking its best.
  • Ever wondered what it's like to be a small cog in a big wheel?! Find out in our fifth article in the series A History of Brixton Windmill in 16 Objects - on cogwheels.
  • Tai chi continues every Saturday morning in Windmill Gardens at 11am. These one-hour tutor-led sessions provide a gentle breathing and stretching routine that is particularly good for relieving stress and keeping the body supple. Because our latest application for a grant to support this programme was unsuccessful we now ask participants to make a small weekly donation towards the cost of the tutor.
  • What have you made with Brixton Windmill flour? If you're on Twitter, post a photo of what you've made, mention us (@brixtonwindmill) and we'll add your pic to our new gallery! If you're not on Twitter, just email the pic to us

Open days & guided walk
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Our next open days are on 13 and 14 August, 2-5pm. All long tours to the top of the mill are currently booked up, but you can still go on a short tour of the outside and up to the first floor - just turn up 2-4.30pm. Free spaces on long tours due to cancellations are advertised on Twitter @brixtonwindmill.

On 14 August you can also go on a guided walk of Brixton Hill with a Blue Badge guide. The walk starts from the windmill at 1pm and costs £5. More info here.

For more information phone 07587 170029 or email

To get involved in any of the groups, email
  • Communications - Handles digital communications, exhibitions, website updates, newsletters, press, merchandising
  • Events - Organises the annual parade and festival as well as other special events
  • Sustainability - Oversees strategy for raising money
  • Parks - Works to improve Windmill Gardens through planting bulbs, wheat, herbs and other activities

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