Heage – a derivation of ‘High Edge’ – comes from the Anglo-Saxon Heegge meaning high, lofty and sublime.  It perfectly describes Heage Windmill.  Presiding over spectacular views towards the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, the windmill was lovingly restored in 2002 and looks as good as when first built in 1797.  A Grade II* listed building, it is now a major Derbyshire attraction with a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award and the only working six-sailed stone tower windmill in England.

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Confirmed Events for 2024

List of confirmed events at Heage Windmill for the 2024 season.
2024 Confirmed Events

Lord Burlington opens iconic windmill

On Saturday 13th April, around 120 guests welcomed Lord Burlington to Heage
Windmill for the Official Opening of the mill following extensive repairs
to the 227-year-old building.

Heage Windmill 2024 Official Opening: Lord Burlington driving a Fordson Tractor
Lord Burlington driving a Fordson Tractor

Having driven down to the windmill on a resplendent 1947 Fordson tractor (owned by Mr John Allsop), Lord Burlington thanked the many individuals and organisations who have supported the work carried out and the volunteers who maintain and operate the only functioning windmill in Derbyshire.


Heage Windmill 2024 Official Opening: Lord Burlington cutting the ribbon to open the mill
Lord Burlington cutting the ribbon.

Having cut the ribbon and been presented with a special bag of stone ground flour milled at Heage, Lord Burlington (who was accompanied by his son James) then took a tour of the windmill whilst guests were entertained by the Amber Band and the Makeney Morris dance group.

Roger Hatcher
Chair – The Friends of Heage Windmill

Dave Myers

The Hairy Bikers came and spent a day at Heage Windmill, talking to Tim and Anthony (Millers) and Lynn about the many aspects of volunteering at Heage Windmill, including of course the milling process. Both Dave and Si were encouraging and calming, and so the filming and commentary were a success.

Their professionalism and experience did not prevent them from being helpful and understanding, two true gentlemen. Later, when all of us at the mill saw the Heage Windmill excerpt in the programme, we were impressed at how Dave and Si had captured the essence of Heage Windmill, and there was the bonus footage of them using Heage Windmill flour to make oat cakes. Today, years later, the Hairy Bikers are still mentioned in the Visitor Book.

That Dave has passed away has saddened us all. To have known him for that
one day was a privilege. Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends. Dave will be remembered at Heage Windmill.

Anthony Sharp (Miller at Heage Windmill)

Santa Came to Town

Despite further issues with the weather, Santa was able to visit the mill and a great time was had by young and old. See full report for more details.

Our Mill is Restored !

On Wednesday November 22nd, all six sails – having been fully refurbished by our stalwart volunteers – were lifted back into place and reattached to the cap. For report and pictures, click here.

Please note that although the sails are back on and the mill is functioning again, there are still internal checks and adjustments to be made, meaning that milling and the sale of flour will not happen in the immediate future.

Classic Bike Day

Classic Bike Day on September 23rd was a great success. For full report and pictures, click here

Many thanks to the Land Rover Series 2 owners who turned up at Heage Windmill on Sunday, August 20th

American & Classic Car Day a great success

Sunday, July 16th was a successful day all round as Cadillacs, Hot Rods and Fords drew many visitors and helped raise money for our windmill. For a full report and more photos, click here


Si King and Dave Myers with volunteers Anthony, Tim and Lynn at Heage Windmill

After zooming across the globe on two wheels for almost 15 years, the UK’s most popular culinary duo went on on a nostalgic trip enjoying foodie delights of the northern counties of England, including Derbyshire.  Dave and Si visited our windmill in Episode 7 of the 8-part series The Hairy Bikers Go North .

‘This series is all about the food producers and their connection with local communities,’ says Si.

‘You see our mushes on the telly all the time, but it’s the people that are important — their stories, their journeys, their produce.’ 

BBC TV recorded Dave and Si’s visit to the windmill at the end of August 2021 and included a drone shot of the windmill’s six sails turning as Dave and Si biked down the long lane that leads to the windmill.

Once they arrived, Dave and Si were taken on a tour of the windmill to view the milling process.  The guys complimented us on the quality of our stone ground flour which they had already used for making Derbyshire oatcakes.

Here is that oatcake recipe Hairy Biker Recipes

Dave and Si also learnt all about the running of the windmill and how our operation is so dependent on volunteers. 

It’s to be hoped that the BBC programme will encourage younger generations to get involved with the windmill and help safeguard its future.

Dave and Si made a big impression on all who met them on the day of their visit.  Trustee Ashley Franklin, who took photos of the guys, commented:  ‘The Hairy Bikers are as warm and genuine as they appear on screen.  Their Go North series has been utterly compelling because these guys have such a passion for traditional, locally produced food.  So, it’s little  wonder Dave and Si were so drawn to our windmill, enabling them to see our flour being milled in the time-honoured way.’

Friends of Heage Windmill

Friends of Heage Windmill is a voluntary organisation providing volunteers who operate the mill, conduct guided tours for visitors, carry out mill maintenance and raise funds, etc. If you are interested in becoming a Friend, click on Join Us to find out more.

Where To Find Us

The mill is located off Chesterfield Road just to the north of the Derbyshire village of Heage inbetween the towns of Belper and Ripley. The entrance road is opposite the Bowmer and Kirkland offices.

If you are a Sat Nav user, our Post Code is DE56 2BH.

Car parking is available free on site.  For more details on where to find us, go to the Information page.

Please click on the map to find us on Google Maps

Take a Drive to the Mill

Andy Savage of Derby Photos has created a driving route from Belper to Heage Windmill in HD Time Lapse.  Click here and fasten your safety belt.