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Welcome to our diary pages where you will find all you need to know about the dates of mill openings, family heritage events, archives evenings, walks, talks or volunteer sessions.

If you need any further details please contact Katrina our Trust Chair and Events Coordinator via our Contact Page  to find out more.



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April 2020

Hough Mill will not open during April due to coronavirus


Archive Group – Scanning, cataloguing and indexing historical documents and photographs fortnightly at The Village Hall – operating from home as a virtual team


Land Management – Maintaining 14 acres of woodland and acid grass heathland that were formerly coal mining and railway sites. This  includes the Gorse Field and Califat Spinney, some sessions are at the Swannington Incline – all activities halted


Excavation of the Califat Coal Mine buildings and miners’ cottages – led by our partners Leicestershire Industrial History Society – all activities halted

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2020 Events

Just a few of our forthcoming events…

Sunday 5th July – Annual Strawberry Fayre at the Village Hall. Cream Teas served inside and outside.  Stalls, children’s activities, entertainment, and a whole lot more!

Tuesday 21st July – Festival of Archaeology family/Lego afternoon event.  Evening Group visit to Hough Mill and Mining Tour.

Tuesday 11th August – Swannington Incline railway tour – Shepshed Historical Society

Tuesday 15th September – A Coal Mining Dynasty – Talk to Markfield Historical Society

Sunday 27th September – Take Teddy to the Mill and last of our Sunday opening for 2020.

Thursday 15th October – Trouble and Strife, the challenges in getting a wife – Talk to Leicestershire and Rutland Family History Society, Market Harborough Branch.

Tuesday 20th October – Industrial Development of Swannington – Talk to Leicestershire and Rutland Family History Society, Loughborough Group.

Sunday 6th December – Christmas at the Mill.

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2021 Events

Heritage groups often plan their programme a long way ahead, so here are our 2021 bookings:

Talk to Great Glen U3A, subject to be selected, 10.30am – Tuesday 12th January 2021

A Coal Mining Dynasty – Talk to Shepshed Historical Society, 7.30pm – Tuesday 12th January 2021

Leicestershire Industrialists, their non industrial legacy – Talk to Anstey Local History Society 7pm – Wednesday 17th February 2021

Walk Around Swannington Walk – Sunday 16th May 2021 – National Forest Walking Festival – 4.5 miles and 15 stiles Walk Around Swannington map

Two Historic Railways Walk – Sunday 23rd May 2021 – National Forest Walking Festival – 3.6 miles and 23 stiles Two Historic Railways map William Jessop’s 1794 tramway is marked blue and the 1833 Coleorton Railway is marked green

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