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Latest Events

Wed Dec 10 @19:00 -
Community Carol Service
Fri Dec 12 @12:00 - 03:00PM
Pensioner's Luncheon Club
Sun Dec 14 @14:00 - 05:00PM
Santa in his Grotto
Fri Dec 19 @12:00 - 03:00PM
Pensioner's Luncheon Club
Sat Dec 20 @19:30 -
Quiz Night
Sun Dec 21 @14:00 - 05:00PM
Santa in his Grotto
Fri Dec 26 @19:30 -
Acoustic Music Night
Fri Jan 02 @12:00 - 02:00PM
Pensioner's Luncheon Club
Fri Jan 09 @12:00 - 02:00PM
Pensioner's Luncheon Club
Fri Jan 16 @12:00 - 02:00PM
Pensioner's Luncheon Club


Crabble Corn Mill
Lower Road
Kent CT17 0UY

Telephone: 01304 823292
(Telephone: 01304 823710
when the Mill is closed)

Email Us

Easter to September
Saturday and Sunday
11:00 am to 4:00 pm

October to Easter

Except for pre-arranged bookings
and listed events

Maintenance staff will be at the
Mill Sunday to Thursday 9 a.m.
to 2 pm should you require
assistance or event tickets

Self-guided Tours
Adults - £4.00
Over 60 Concession/
Students/Children - £3.00
Family (2 adult, 2 Children) - £11.00

Guided Tours
Adults - £5.00
Over 60 Concession/
Students/Children - £3.50
Family (2 adult, 2 children) - £13.00

Last tours will commence
at 3:30 pm

Open all year around
for pre-booked parties


 6th February - By Caroline Fox-Betts

Kent’s Lord Lieutenant, Viscount De L’Isle visited the village of River outside Dover today to unveil a bicentenary plaque at Crabble Corn Mill. The Mill is the finest surviving example of an early 19th century merchant watermill in Europe, and it’s a Listed Building of National Importance having a grade II star.

Built in 1812, on the site of a much earlier one, the Mill used to be managed by Dover District Council, but when major repairs became necessary in the mid 1980s, they decided it was too costly a project. The building stood for years in a state of near collapse, supported by scaffolding and having failed to interest the National Trust, the council decided to apply for permission to demolish it.

But in 1987, a group was set up by many local people and tradesmen to save the Mill. The resulting Trust is an independent chairty whose sole responsibility is to own the historic watermill and preserve it for posterity. The Reid family are a central part of this, Harry Reid being the Trust’s chairman, his wife Pat running the cafe and tearooms, and son Anthony, the Mill’s manager.

After the speeches made by Harry Reid and the Viscount De L’Isle, the unveiling of the very smart blue plaque took place accompanied by the quacking of ducks and clicking of press camera shutters.

In attendance at the ceremony were local dignitaries including Sue Nicholas – the Chairman of Dover District Council, Pauline Beresford – River’s District Councillor, Derek Leach – the Chairman of River Parish Council, and many Mill trustees and volunteers, whose work, given for free, along with workers from the Community Payback scheme, maintains the building. Disappointingly, Charlie Elphicke, Dover’s Conservative MP, had been invited but was unable to attend.

As for the future, the Mill cottages, bought in 1995, aided by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, still need considerable refurbishment, but two spaces are now used as Mill shops, providing a small additional income. More urgent, is the repair of the waterwheel itself, which lost some blades in a mishap towards the end of 2012.

The Mill runs an annual beer festival in May, a cider festival in October, and a big Christmas event. In addition, quiz nights, folk music nights and OAP lunches are held every month. Amazingly however, few of River’s current 4,000-plus residents have visited, or support this important building in their midst.




Christmas 2014

Come along with the youngsters and visit Santa Clause in one of the best grottos in the area.  Click on the image above for the full information about this event.

Sponsored by Mascarada Costumes & Fancy Dress and Stelline Interiors.

Acoustic Music Nights

Acoustic music nights are usually held on the last Friday of each month from 8:00 p.m.

Admission is only £2.50 per person. The licensed bar will be open selling a range of real ale, beer, cider, wines and spirits.

Quiz Night

These are usually held on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 8:00 p.m.

Teams of up to six persons and admission is a very reasonable £3.00 per person, though themed Quiz Nights may be a bit more. Come and test your knowledge at this very popular event. The licensed bar will be open selling a range of real ale, beer, cider, wines and spirits.  Pre-book your table by contacting the Mill.

Pensioners Lunch Club

Every Friday at the Mill from Midday. Come along and enjoy a 2-course meal for just £4.50 (includes tea or coffee).

An ideal opportunity to meet up with old acquaintances and to make new friends.

Phone Pat on 01304 823292 to book

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