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Brixton Design Trail and Harvest Festival

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On Sunday 18 September we are organising some special events for Brixton Design Trail, coinciding with Harvest Festival and Urban Food Fortnight as well as Open House weekend.

As part of the Design Trail local designers and creative ambassadors Eley Kishimoto will dress the sails on Brixton Windmill with their striking Flash design made to celebrate the Windmill’s 200th anniversary in 2016.


Local talented woodworkers Mike Groves of Skapa Woodstuffs and Ben Willis will be introduced to visitors as they join forces to explore new direction for the old ‘rural vernacular arts’. Mike and Ben will hold workshops and informal talks on their age-old craft throughout the afternoon.

Other activities include the Heart in Art corn dolly workshop, and a gardening workshop with demonstrations on how to build a portable green house. Father Nature, a Lambeth based organisation that work with single dads introducing them to gardening, will be building hay stacks at the event too.

For the children there is face painting and a chance to get up close to the farm animals with Brixton City Farm. There will be music from the folk group No Frills Band. There’s a chance to see flour being ground at the windmill, and local bakery the Old Post Office will organising baking demonstrations alongside Brockwell Bake, who will be selling products made from Brixton Windmill flour. Refreshments will also be available as well as a chance to buy Brixton Windmill flour.

Brixton Windmill Harvest Festival is sponsored by the Peter Minet Trust. The event is free and short tours of the windmill can be booked on the day on a first come first served basis (long tours are fully booked). 

When: Sunday 18 September, 2-5pm

Windmill Lecture on windpower in Lambeth

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On Wednesday 28 September Simon Hudson of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings Mills Section will speak about the significance and history of windmills in Lambeth, with a particular focus on the 200-year history of Brixton Windmill and its flour production by the Ashby family, the millers from 1816 to 1934.

There will also be a small exhibition about Brixton Windmill and light refreshments.

For more information, see our website.

Where: Corpus Christi Church Hall, 11 Trent Road, Brixton SW2 5BJ

When: Wednesday 28 September - doors open 6.45pm for ilustrated lecture 7-9pm

Entry: Free

Other September events
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As well as the events listed above, there are lots of other things happening this month!
  • 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
  • 8 September: Bat walk in Windmill Gardens led by Dr Iain Boulton. Meet at the gates of Windmill Gardens at 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.
  • 10, 11 and 18 September: Guided walk of Brixton Hill, starting from Brixton Windmill at 1pm. Windmill is also open for tours 2-5pm.
  • 17 and 18 September: Open House weekend - windmill open for tours 1-5pm, last tour 4.40pm.
All long tours for the month are booked up, but you can go on a short tour without booking - just turn up. Last-minute vacancies due to cancellation will be advertised on Twitter @brixtonwindmill.

Vote for Windmill Gardens in People's Choice Awards

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We were delighted earlier this year when we retained the prestigious Green Flag Community Award, or Green Pennant, that we first received in 2015.

Now, nominations are open for the annual People’s Choice award, giving the public a chance to vote for their favourite park or green space. You don't have to register, give your email address or anything else - just go to our page here and click "Vote for this site".

Voting closes at noon on Friday 30 September - thank you in advance for your support! 

Keeping your nose to the grindstone


Ever wondered about the origin of the phrase "keep your nose to the grindstone"? Find out in the sixth article in our series about the History of Brixton Windmill in 16 Objects!

Written by Ann Lee, the article on millstones explains how the stones were installed in the mill, how their speed was regulated, and the importance of keeping the grooves very sharp.

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Windmill groups
Tai chi classes are still running every Saturday, 11am-12pm. No experience required. The classes are currently unfunded, so donations to tutors are welcome.

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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