The sawmill is open on at least the third Monday of each month for free "drop-in" tours. There are also other events at the mill during the year but you may need to book in advance for some of these. The volunteers are happy to open the mill on other occasions by appointment: we do our best to accomodate visits by schools and societies: the longer notice you can give of planned dates the more likely we can help you.
Open Days: The mill is open to the public on at least the third Monday of each month throughout the year: a full list of dates is given here. You can come any time between 10:00am and 3:30pm for a free tour of the sawmill (donations gratefully received) and see as much of the machinery as is in service at the time of your visit. Please note that we are only able to demonstrate water power when there is sufficient water in the River Barle. Only trained volunteers are authorised to put timber through the saws under safe working procedures.
So if a demonstration of water power or full working demonstration of the saws is critical for your visit please check with us in advance that sufficient water and trained volunteers will be available.
Other Events: Other events are held at the mill throughout the year. For some of these events no booking is necessary and you can just turn up on the day. Some events may require booking in advance or payment. Please see the detail for each event listed at Other Events.
Special Visits: We regularly open the mill for visits by schools, colleges, industrial archaeology societies and other groups and are always happy to consider requests. However, there are only a few volunteers authorised to offer tours and operate the machinery and so we cannot guarantee to be able to meet every request - but we will do our best! Please send your request using our Contact Form. It is important to include your preferred date(s), the number of people in your group and any special interests or requirements.
Educational Visits: Schools and colleges may find it helpful to discuss your plans with the Education Officer at the Exmoor National Park Authority and to consult the Moorland Classroom teaching materials for Simonsbath.