There's loads happening at historic Queen's Mill!

Eleanor Taylor, Experience Wakefield

Historic Queen’s Mill is one of Castleford’s most recognisble icons – and for good reason. Standing sentinel over the River Aire, there has been a mill on the site for more than 900 years. But there’s more to Queen’s Mill than flour (though you can still buy some from them if you fancy getting your Bake Off on).

Recent Beans

Queen's Mill Tearooms

Coffee aficionados will love Recent Beans. Innovative coffee roasters based in the mill, they’re on a mission to change the way people think about coffee. Namely, that it is a fresh product and should be treated like one. According to their website, coffee tastes best in the first two weeks after roasting (in fact, the word they use is “magical”) so they only roast their (ethically sourced) beans to order, meaning that when you come to make you espresso, it’s the very best it can be. 

If you’d rather someone else made your coffee (or tea, or milkshake, or…), then Queen’s Mill Tearooms is the place for you (and they even use Recent Beans’ coffee, so you’re quite literally getting the best of both worlds!). Featuring a menu jam-packed with delicious, freshly-baked goodies, including cakes, savouries and delightful afternoon teas, it’s an ideal spot to relax and catch up with friends (there’s plenty of outdoor seating, too, so on a nice day, it’s perfect for watching the world go by). They also run regular themed and event days, including afternoon tea parties for children, live music and even WW2 reenactors. 

Yorkshire Craft Beers

Riverside Paint a Pot

If you’re looking for something a little bit stronger, then you can’t go wrong with Yorkshire Craft Beers. Created by friends with a mutual interest in artisan beers who wanted to bring the finest brews from around Yorkshire under one roof, they currently stock a whopping 400 craft beers from dozens of Yorkshire based breweries, plus a “guest brewery” section showcasing the finest beers from the UK and internationally. The shop itself is a feast for the eyes, too. Conscious of their part in Queen’s Mill’s industrial heritage story, the owners have used many recycled industrial materials to ensure the building stays true to its roots. And as if all that wasn’t enough, they also run a yearly beer festival – sup up!

Once you’ve had your fill of food and drink, unleash your creative side with Riverside Paint A Pot. This aptly named little pottery painting studio is great for budding artists or anyone who’d like to have a go at pottery painting in a fun environment with staff on hand to help at every step: simply choose what ceramic you’d like to paint (including mugs, vases, plates, ornaments and more), then select the colours and tools you need to create your masterpiece. Once you’ve painted it, it will be fired and glazed, and you can pop back and collect it. Easy! They also take bookings for special events such as birthday parties and ladies nights (trust us, there’s something uniquely fun about getting giggly, drinking prosecco and painting with the girls!). 

But it’s not just businesses. Queen’s Mill plays host to a range of festivals and events throughout the year. 

This September, look out for Yonder, a celebration for the end of summer featuring sublime street food, quality ales, cocktails and unmissable good vibes, plus DJ sets, live acoustic acts, a sellers market with local artisan creations and much more. 

Then in October, there’s Trouble At’ Mill – a festival of words featuring nationally-acclaimed wordsmiths Matt Abbott and Toria Garbutt, best-selling historical crime fiction writer Chris Nickson, Louise Houghton, the Editor-in-Chief of Yorkshire Bylines, and the Fairy Bikers from Bedale. 

Running alongside the festival is an exhibition of the work of renowned street photographers John and Bridget Gill, titled After the Coal Dust

So what are you waiting for? Get thissen down t’mill!

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