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Heritage Open Days 2021

10th September 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12th September 2021 @ 4:00 pm

An opportunity to see a unique collection. Sharing the stories of the Mill and the workers who made our textile heritage. Tours will be led by managing director John Gaunt, whose family have owned the mill for over 100 years!

Dating from 1829, Sunny Bank Mills was an important woollen & worsted mill, with an interesting history. 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.

In an exploration into the Heritage Open Day 2021 theme Edible England, Sunny Bank Mills will be sharing the stories of the Mill canteen, tea breaks, and fuddles a West Yorkshire celebration of food and coming together.

You can also explore this unique collection through our exciting virtual tour of the site and a 360-degree experience of the Archive and collection. Accessible through our website over the festival.

Free to attend.

Archive visit must be pre-booked. Book

Event Times

Archive open all weekend 10-4. Must be pre booked (hour slots.)

Friday 10 September: Tours 10 am Midday and 2 pm
Saturday 11 September:  Tours 10 am Midday and 2 pm
Sunday 12 September: Tours 10 am Midday and 2 pm

All tours start in the main yard and end in the Archive

Tours take approximately 45 minutes and must be pre-booked. Book


Some access restrictions on the site tour due to old nature of mill buildings.

COVID-19 Considerations

This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.

Additional Events over the weekend

  • Open Studios
  • Rose and Brown Leeds Vintage Home and Furniture Fair
  • Exhibition by North Yorkshire Open Studio Artists: Summer. Somewhere. in the Gallery,
  • Exhibition by Mel Davies Seasonal Adjustment in the Spinning Mill.




10th September 2021 @ 10:00 am
12th September 2021 @ 4:00 pm
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