The Eling Experience
Our Mission: The Eling Experience will provide an educational, informative and fun visit; offering a unique opportunity to see and learn about Eling Tide Mill - a rare surviving example of a working tide mill - and to explore the natural heritage of Totton and Eling.
Our Aim: To create an attraction in the Eling Tide Mill Experience that may be ranked alongside our bigger competitors within the local area. An attraction that puts Eling on ‘the Map’ and moreover, on the itinerary of many visitors to the New Forest – preserving the heritage of Eling for generations to come. To achieve this aim, the Eling Experience must be inclusive, accessible, relevant and of exceptional quality – reflecting the unique-ness of the Tide Mill itself.
The Eling Experience project
Eling tide mill has stood at the centre of life in Eling for centuries. For 900 years millers have been harnessing the power of the tides in Eling Creek to grind wheat into flour. Today the Grade II* listed tide mill (c. 1785) and adjacent heritage centre form the Eling Experience. Now a partnership of New Forest District Council (NFDC) and Totton and Eling Town Council are investing in its future after securing a £1.3million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The project includes essential conservation of the mill, extending and developing the heritage centre to create a new learning centre and cafe, and improving access to our outdoor areas of Goatee Beach and Bartley Water.
When we reopen visitors will be able to see the power of the tide turning the water wheel and powering the millstones; hear the story of the mill and millers past in the new interactive exhibition; stroll along Eling Creek shoreline and relax with a coffee in our brand new cafe.
There will be an exciting programme of activities and events for young and old, and opportunities to become involved.