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Come and see Whitchurch Silk Mill in a new light this January

News release 9608, published on 14 Jan 2020
One of the borough’s heritage gems will be brought to life as part of a week-long series of events starting this week.

A spectacular installation featuring dazzling lights and an illuminated trail will show Whitchurch Silk Mill and its gardens in a new light between Friday 17 and Sunday 26 January.

Supported by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, the mill will sparkle after dark with illuminations, vintage lanterns and light pipes.

In addition to the dazzling display, the last working mill of its kind in the south of England will also be home to a series of events and activities.

Come and be the first to see the mill and grounds transformed on the opening night (Friday 17 Jan) from 4pm and admire the photography skills of students from Testbourne Community School who have captured the light display as part of an exhibition on Friday 24 January.

There is plenty of family fun on offer during the week with a day of drop-in activities including the chance to create rainbow snowflakes, explore a range of stalls featuring handcrafted items and accessories and beat the January blues with a range of taster sessions from chair yoga to relaxation, alternative therapies and an opportunity to get health advice.

The unique attraction will also bring local businesses together during a networking event organised by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday 21 January and north Hampshire artists will be able to get advice on funding during a session on Monday 20 January.

Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Partnerships Cllr Simon Bound said: “Arts and heritage is an important part of Basingstoke and Deane’s identity and this exciting week of activities provides a great opportunity to celebrate one of our borough’s most treasured sites.

“There really is something for everyone, from family fun and taking in the dazzling light illuminations to taking a wonder around the mill to watch the working waterwheel. I would encourage everyone to come and see Whitchurch Silk Mill in a new light this January.”

Sue Tapliss, Mill Director, said: “It is the first time a show like this has come to Whitchurch, and we hope this encourages people to see how much the town has to offer, providing an unforgettable experience and a chance for us to enlighten people about what there is to see and do at the mill.

“We would like to thank Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council for providing this special event and shining a light on this gem on the banks of the River Test.”

Artists or organisations interested in attending the event on Monday 20 January, should email to book a place.

For more information about the events, visit


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