Stott Park Bobbin Mill


Stott Park Bobbin Mill is a unique example of the local history and heritage of Cumbria. It began to produce wooden bobbins in 1835 for the Lancashire spinning and weaving industries, with up to 300 men and boys working here over the years in often arduous conditions. It closed in 1971 and is the last surviving example of its kind.

Please note: Education visits are currently not available at this site

Curriculum Links

Bring your teaching of the curriculum to life with a visit to Stott Park Bobbin Mill. 

  • KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
  • KS1-3 Design Technology: Material choices and processes, technological developments over time
  • KS1-3 Geography: Human Geography, Geographical skills and fieldwork
  • KS2-3 History: A local history study
  • KS3 History: Ideas, political power, industry & empire: Britain 1745-1901, Britain as the first industrial nation and its impact on society

Expert-led school visits

We aren’t running Discovery Visits at this site at the moment – we’re unable to adapt our sessions in a way that would still provide a quality, immersive education experience. We'll update this page regularly with any changes so please do check back in future or get in touch with for more information.

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Plan your trip

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and for Covid-19 risk assessments and measures we’ve got in place please visit our what to expect page.

Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!

  • Facilities
    • PARKING: The lower mill car park has seven spaces and three designated disabled spaces. This car park is 50 metres from the reception and mill entrance. The top car park has parking for 15 cars and up to three coaches and is 200 metres from the mill reception
    • LUNCH: Vending machine selling hot drinks. Shop sells a selection of snacks including crisps, cold drinks, confectionery and ice cream. You are welcome to bring a picnic to eat in the grounds. There are picnic tables and benches available
    • SHOP: There is a small gift shop where bobbins made in the mill can be purchased.
    • TOILETS: Toilets available on site. Additional sanitising stations also available.
    • MUSEUM: Stott Park Bobbin Mill is an industrial museum which explains the process of bobbin making in the Lake District. The Drying Barn has a permanent exhibition tracing the history of bobbin making
    • FACE MASKS:Face coverings are not mandatory but we do encourage you and your group to wear them where possible in other enclosed spaces. Our staff and volunteers will continue to wear face masks in indoor spaces for your safety. We won’t be able to give you a face covering so if your group do want to wear them please come prepared. 
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