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Heritage Open Days 2016

9th September 2016 @ 10:00 am - 11th September 2016 @ 4:00 pm


Dating from 1829, Sunny Bank Mills was an important woollen & worsted mill, with an interesting history. Although it ceased manufacturing only 8 years ago, it is still owned by the family who helped found the mill in late Georgian times. The unique collection at Sunny Bank Mills Archive will be open, containing a complete record of cloth samples woven at the mill since the 1880s; an inspiration for all. The atmospheric mills still contain artefacts to take you back in time to the days it employed over 900 people spinning and weaving some of the finest cloth in the world.
There will be mill tours to take you through buildings normally closed to the public and bring to life the rich history of the mill and the people involved over the centuries. The archive will also be open from 10-4pm to the public; showcasing new displays and new discoveries. A great opportunity to get up close and personal to the collection and heritage at Sunny Bank Mills, Farsley.

Opening Times

  • Friday 9 September: Archive 1000-1600 & Tours 1000, 1200 and 1400
  • Saturday 10 September: Archive 1000-1600 & Tours every hour from 11am
  • Sunday 11 September: Archive 1000-1600 & Tours every hour from 11am


Sunny Bank Mills Tours – due to difficult access in certain areas of the mill buildings the tour is not wheelchair accessible. All other event areas and the archive and gallery are fully accessible to the public.

Additional information

Tours depart from the Main Mill Yard (follow the bunting!) Max 20 people per tour/session. Not suitable for children under the age of 1.

Additional events over the Heritage Open Days:

The gallery and studios will be open 1000-1600 and the exhibition is by Mel Davies entitled ” A Broad Brush”. The exhibition will be held 3rd September – 16th October.

Saturday 10th September: “Aston Martin Grand depart”

With over 25 classic and contemporary Aston Martin cars are gathering in the 1912 Mill Car Park at Sunny Bank Mills between 10:00 – 12:0 (follow the trail of beautiful cars!) before they head off to Whitby & then back to Ripley Castle on Sunday.


9th September 2016 @ 10:00 am
11th September 2016 @ 4:00 pm


Sunny Bank Mills Archive
Water Lane
Farsley, England LS28 5UJ United Kingdom
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