Farfield Mill

Welcome to Farfield Mill Arts & Heritage Centre

An exterior view of the mill

Nestling between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, and in the shadow of the glorious Howgill fells, a rescued Farfield Mill opened its doors in April 2001 to an exciting new life as an arts and heritage centre, providing access to high-quality art and crafts and heritage.

This followed extensive refurbishment after Farfield ceased production as a woollen mill in the early 1990s after 156 years of textile production. The Centre is now a favourite visitor attraction for those visiting Sedbergh, the Lakes and the Dales.

"Smashing! Just wonderful." Julie Dunne, Market Harborough

"Just shows what a local community can achieve." Fitzpatricks, Edinburgh/Windermere

"A very inspiring venue. Thanks for saving it!" Norma Lund, Halifax, West Yorkshire

Winter opening times

Farfield Mill is open daily from 10am (Weavers Cafe) with the mail Mill opening at 10.30am until 4.30pm.

What to See...

Thereís a wonderful range of high-quality art and crafts and fascinating heritage to discover at the Mill, situated across four levels of this restored Victorian woollen mill. So take your time to browse through this quick 'virtual' tour:

Level 1: Gilkes Water Turbine ● Dobcross Power Looms & Warping Mill (master weaver at weekends) ● Weavers Cafť, with outside seating area ● Toilets

Level 2: Artistís Workshop ● Heritage Displays ● Terrible Knitters of Dent Video ● Exhibition Galleries ● Education Room ● Whitney Loom ● Toilet

Level 3: Main Reception ● Farfield Artistsí Gallery ● Artistsí Studios ● Art & Craft Gallery ● The Mill Shop ● Farfield Rugs & Throws ● Avrilís Books ● Toilet

Level 4: Artistsí Studios ● Collection of Floor & Table Looms ● Demonstration Area (weekdays) ● Art & Craft Gallery ● Rough Fell Sheep Video & Display ● Exhibition ● Mill Books, second-hand book shop ● Toilet

"Well worth a visit; a super day looking at real craftspeople's work." Thompson Family, Emsworth, West Sussex


Group Bookings

We also cater for large groups. Up to 40 people can be accommodated with prior booking. 

Please telephone on 015396 21958 for more details or to book a group visit. Alternatively, to email us click here.

"A most enjoyable visit and lunch." B Shaw, FFP Group, Blackpool

Visit us soon

We look forward to meeting you and offering you a warm welcome when you visit. To date people have visited us from Canada, Australia, Hong Kong, USA and Europe. Some visitors come again and again! So visit us soon for a relaxing and inspiring experience.


"As always, inspirational." Amy Clark, Kendal

"As ever, superb exhibits." A Barlow, Plymouth

"Farfield Mill is a hidden gem and I am really enjoying relaxing during this visit. Well worth a repeat visit." S Ginross, Cheadle