Chelmsford City Council

Sandford Mills hosts Science Discovery Day

Sandford Mill will be opening its doors for a fun day out for families at its Science Discovery Day: The Great Outdoors on Sunday 9 July from 10am-4pm. The event promises to be the ideal opportunity for those with a love of nature and a sense of adventure.

During the day there will be loads of fun hands-on activities to try; from archery to bridge building, rope making to blacksmith demonstrations, as well as model traction engine rides. For those who want to get up close with nature there will be the opportunity to go on a wildlife safari, where you will sweep-net along the river and discover what you have found in the net using magnifying glasses, before releasing the little critters back into the wild. The mill’s Engine House will also be open for visitors to hear about the story of Sandford Mill or create their own news with the museum’s collection of Marconi TV cameras

Chelmsford City Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Councillor Julia Jeapes says: “The Great Outdoors event will be a brilliant day out for the whole family and it looks set to repeat the success of last year’s event at the Mill which attracted over 600 visitors.” Cllr Jeapes continued: “These events are always popular as they are a great way for children to learn about science and nature in a fun, hands-on way in the very special environment.”

Visitors can also gain some tranquility on board the Blackwater Dawn Barge, which will be running cruises from Sandford Mill along the nearby river. The trips will depart from the Mill at 11am, 12, 1, 2 and 3pm and each cruise will last 45 minutes. The price for the cruise is £6 for adults, £4 for 5-15 year olds and free for under-fives. Pre-booking on 07802514400, is highly recommended.

Sandford Mill, which is the former water works for Chelmsford and dates back several centuries, is only opened to the public for a few days each year. Entrance is £3 for adults and children, free for babes in arms (children under 2 years-old) and £10 for a family ticket (up to four people). Tasty treats  will be available during the day provided by the Friends of Chelmsford Museum.

To discover more about Chelmsford Museum, visit


Monday 19 June 2017

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