The Inspirations of Tolkien

Sarehole Mill

  • Capacity: 30 pupils
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Cost (per pupil): £4.50
Book Session

Discover the importance of Sarehole Mill and the village of Sarehole to J.R.R. Tolkien and how the people and place inspired his works.

There are 2 options to choose from or join the two sessions for a full day.

Story Mill

Visit Sarehole Mill and learn how Tolkien used real people, places and memories to inspire his story writing.

Together we will explore the local area and discover how it has changed from Tolkien’s childhood using maps and photos of the area. We will take a walk to Moseley Bog, and learn about Tolkien’s childhood growing up here and how the people and places found their way into his works. Children will have chance to explore the woods and use the inspirations we have talked about to help develop their story writing skills such as setting a scene and creating a character.

Tolkien’s Victorian childhood

Come and take on the role of Victorian apprentices in this fun and engaging role play session. Children will meet the Miller or the Miller’s Wife and prepare for their life working in a mill in Victorian times. Pupils will see the mill in action and experience the sights and sounds of a working mill, just like when Tolkien was a boy and learn of the nuisance of the Tolkien brothers who loved to play around the millpond.

Additional afternoon session costs £4.50 per pupil.

School visits to Sarehole Mill are available Wednesday - Friday.

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