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Click to expandKey Stage 1 Workshops



Back to Nature
See the natural sciences in action! Explore Thwaite Island as a habitat for butterflies and micro-habitats local wildlife. Pupils will gather evidence by using observational skills and record their findings on record sheets by using tables, graphs and pictures.

Celebrate Christmas with the Horne family
Celebrate Christmas with the Horne family of Thwaite Mills! Become a servant for the Horne family for the day and help them to celebrate a Victorian Christmas at Thwaite Mills.

Guided tours of Thwaite Mills
Guides are available to take pre-booked groups around the working waterpowered mill. We can focus the tour to your topics - just ask!

What did the Victorians do at Thwaite Mills?
Follow the lives of the family, the servants and the workers of Thwaite Mill as the production of putty becomes more mechanised.

How to book:
Please contact us directly on 0113 3782983 or email at thwaite.mills@leeds.gov.uk and we'll be happy to discuss your requirements.

Click to expandKey Stage 2 Workshops



Back to Nature
See the natural sciences in action! Explore Thwaite Island as a habitat for butterflies and micro-habitats local wildlife. Pupils will gather evidence by using observational skills and record their findings on record sheets by using tables, graphs and pictures.

Canals: Can water travel uphill?
Why did we need canals in the past? How do locks work? Can you make water travel uphill? Explore the waterways around Thwaite Mills and find out about the canal network.

Celebrate Christmas with the Horne family
Celebrate Christmas with the Horne family of Thwaite Mills! Become a servant for the Horne family for the day and help them to celebrate a Victorian Christmas at Thwaite Mills.

Guided tours of Thwaite Mills
Guides are available to take pre-booked groups around the working waterpowered mill. We can focus the tour to your topics - just ask!

Renewable Energy – Let’s make Thwaite Mills Green!
Can we make Thwaite Mills sustainable in terms of energy?

Wartime at Thwaite Mills Watermill
What did the Horne family of Thwaite Mills do to help the war effort? How do we know? can you find out?

Waterforce! A Green Energy Source
How can we generate sustainable energy?

What did the Victorians do at Thwaite Mills?
Follow the lives of the family, the servants and the workers of Thwaite Mill as the production of putty becomes more mechanised.

How to book:
Please contact us directly on 0113 3782983 or email at thwaite.mills@leeds.gov.uk and we'll be happy to discuss your requirements.

Click to expand​Key Stage 3 - 4 Workshops



Guided tours of Thwaite Mills
Guides are available to take pre-booked groups around the working waterpowered mill. We can focus the tour to your topics - just ask!

A Fruit and Vegetable Power Station!
Can you make fruit into a battery? Do all fruit and vegetables work? Students will experiment with this surprising green alternative to the battery and will generate their own electricity.

From Rock to Pot
What’s in a rock? How do we know? What can be use rocks for? Students will study how rocks were processed in the pottery industry through Mills of Leeds and Stoke-On-Trent. They will use our collections of rocks, minerals and Burmantofts pottery to look at the start and end of the process and experiment with the particle size and purity of matter.

How to make Coal Tar Soap
How do you make soap out of something black? Students will look at Victorian washing, then find out about this unexpected use of fossil fuel material, and why environmentally it happened in coal mining areas and near electricity production of sites.

How to book:
Please contact us directly on 0113 3782983 or email at thwaite.mills@leeds.gov.uk and we'll be happy to discuss your requirements.

Click to expandPlanning a visit

We recommend you come and meet us for a pre-visit where we can tailor workshops and resources to suit your group and complete your risk assessment.

If you're looking to book in a trip for your school or group to Thwaite Mills please contact us directly on 0113 3782983 or email at thwaite.mills@leeds.gov.uk and we'll be happy to discuss your requirements.

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Did you know there is an island in Leeds?

Thwaite Mills is a green oasis sandwiched between the river and the canal in south Leeds. It’s a eco-friendly working watermill, with creaking waterwheels, lush fields and woodlands full of butterflies, birds and bumblebees. Much of the work we do is centred around the environment and working harmoniously with it.

The 1940s house

Step back in time inside Thwaite House,  the former mill managers’ house, which now reveals what life was like living on the island and working at the mill in the 1940s without electricity or modern appliances! For the full World War Two experience, you can also explore our Anderson shelter and 'Dig for Victory garden'.

Curriculum links

Thwaite Mills works well for KS1 and KS2, supporting topics such Victorian life, World War II, Geography (habitats) and Science (properties and forces). Everything we do is cross-curricular and all the workshops support the development of literacy skills ( and Science (properties and forces), numeracy, and often art. We also have special seasonal workshops.

Most sessions are based around the site, within the watermill or the grounds. If it looks like rain, pack sensible shoes and raincoats! The warehouse can be used as as a bookable space for group lunches.

What do teachers and students say about us?

“We had a fun and interesting day out, with knowledgeable staff and a good range of activities in a lovely location”, KS2 teacher.

“The children enjoyed all aspects of their day, rating it 8, 9 and 10 out of 10. The trip was thoroughly enjoyed by staff and children. Hope this is on next year!”,  KS2 teacher after a Waterforce workshop.

“I enjoyed making a waterwheel because we had a difficulty and managed to fix it. It was different because we could see what we were learning about, I enjoyed every part of the trip”, Yr 6 pupil after a Waterforce workshop.

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