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How Many Sails?

  • Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June, 11.00am to 4.00pm
  • £3 (Children 5-18 £1, under 5s free)
  • Holgate Windmill, Windmill Rise (map)
  • No wheelchair access

Event details‌‌

Windmills have four sails. Right? Wrong! Find out about mills with five, six, eight and even more sails, where they are and why. Holgate Windmill – the only double-shuttered, five sailed mill in the world – hosts a special exhibition on mill sails.

There are three other five sailers, three with six and even one with a magnificent eight, all found in Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Yorkshire. Come along and find out about these stunningly beautiful windmills, John Smeaton’s role in developing the multi-sailed mill and the lost five-sailers of East Yorkshire.

Please park on Acomb Road if possible.

Holgate Windmill

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