Farfield Mill is a visitor experience housed in an 1836 stone-built woollen mill. It hosts and runs art and craft exhibitions, heritage displays, a heritage weaving operation, educational workshops and events, a shop for local artists to sell their art and crafts and a tea room. There are also over 20 studios rented by local artists and craftspeople.
Farfield Mill enables creative enterprises to expand beyond the limits imposed by home working by meeting the demand from local artist makers for workshop and studio space at affordable rents. Farfield Mill estimates that resident artist makers at Farfield contribute around £150,000 per annum in turnover to the creative economy of the area.
Farfield Mill is a key part of the rural and visitor economy in the Sedbergh area, providing a significant visitor attraction. Being situated close to the newly expanded Cumbrian part of Yorkshire Dales National Park, Farfield Mill makes a substantial and increasingly effective contribution to the visitor offer in that area.
Farfield Mill has been an employer in the area for nearly 200 years. It now continues to provide employment for Sedbergh and its surrounds, employing 14 people directly. It also provides economic benefit for the local area by providing work-space for small businesses, a channel to display their works and products and a place to sell these. It provides a cultural benefit to Sedbergh through its exhibitions, workshops and educational events.
The crafts of all types now being made and sold at Farfield Mill are a major source of revenue, but the Farfield Mill project aims to support these craftspeople with inexpensive workspace rents, exhibitions and opportunities for them to pass on their skills. The combination of workspace with serviced shop sales is immensely valuable to these sole traders and start-ups.
Farfield Mill uses local suppliers and produce so that, in this way, it further supports the local rural economy.