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You can now pay for admission to our events from Ticket Source. Just click on this button to go to our on-line ticketing site.

Some events will be advertised as ‘ticket only’

  • Discovering hydraulics using a robot arm
  • Tony Simmons explaining the Cornish boiler
  • Combe Mill in moonlight
    Combe Mill in moonlight
  • Swans on the river Evenlode
    Swans on the Evenlode at Combe Mill


The directors have reluctantly decided to close Combe Mill until further notice.  This has been necessary to protect the health and wellbeing of its volunteers in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak as a large proportion of volunteers are in the higher risk category for impact of the virus.

The decision means that the Museum will be closed to visiting public until further notice. Our Combe Mill at War event on 19 April is therefore cancelled as are our non-steaming Sunday and Wednesday openings.  Pre-booked Group visits are also cancelled and we will be contacting organisers. The Mill remains open for volunteers.

We regret the cancellation of events, but it is better for our volunteers, visitors, stall holders and exhibitors, that a clear decision is made now.

The directors will continue to review the situation in the context of Government guidance to see when this closure can be lifted.

We will be in touch with annual passes holders in due course  about extending the expiry date.

Your Group would thoroughly enjoy a private visit to Combe Mill

Having hosted many private group visits over the last few years we have seen how much your members appreciate the special treatment they receive.  We can cater for parties ranging in size from 12 to 50 and can raise steam if asked so that you can see everything working.  Most groups come for a half day sometimes including lunchtime when we can provide refreshments to suit.  We can include a talk about the history of the Mill within your itinerary.

Why not get in touch and discuss your requirements –

Can’t visit the Mill? Why not invite us to talk to your group?

Are you responsible for finding interesting talks for a club or society? Do you find it difficult to visit Combe Mill with its legacy of working industrial engines? In either or both these cases, why not let us bring the Mill to you?

Mill Society Members, give a talk ‘The Mill on the Evenlode’, a history of the Blenheim Palace Sawmill and Combe Yard of which it is the most important part. Developments in the Yard were closely related to the history of the Blenheim Estate, the fortunes of the Dukes of Marlborough, and more recently the activities of members of the Mill Society who have restored and run the Mill. The talk is accompanied by a digital version of Victorian lantern slides. 

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