Science fun at Benholm Mill

BENHOLM Mill is hosting two science-themed family activity days as part of a nation-wide series of events sponsored by The British Science Association.

This Saturday and next, March 23, there will be a wide variety of activities for all ages with those aimed at children including an investigation of water and sound, making Meccano and Lego machines, flying balsa aeroplanes on the meadow slope and there will even be an opportunity to take part in bridge-building.

Families will also be able to follow a trail which takes them through some science investigations into how the mill works and if the children tick all the boxes they win a prize of setting off an air/water rocket.

A number of science and engineering investigation has also been organised along with Harris Hawk flying demonstrations and an opportunity to see some historic technologies including quernstones, The Dunnottar Bodgers group demonstrating pole lathes and shave horse benches, and several historic tractors.

The Benholm Bikes Project is a good example of this with the three organisations MAP (Mearns Area Partnership), TraM (Transition Mearns) and Mill of Benholm working together to provide a community resource on the site which hopefully will become increasingly used in the months and years to come.

Cyclists are also welcome to bring their bikes along to the Benholm Bikes project which shares skills to help them carry out their own maintenance by working alongside the experienced Benholm Bikes team.

Visitors will also have the chance to explore the walks around the mill valley to discover the steps down through the wood, lined throughout the descent with snowdrops representing the angels on Jacob’s Ladder.

They will also find that the woodland classroom now boasts a newly planted living willow dome and they will be offered the chance to help replenish the Mill Brae wood by planting a tree.

The tearoom, museum and shop will be open throughout, from 10am to 3pm.