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There's lots to see and do.

With its unique blend of studios, galleries, shops, café and event spaces in a stunning setting, the Alton Mill is a wonderful escape. Here you can discover the perfect piece of art, hand-crafted objects in clay, glass, wood or fibre, and exquisite jewellery. Enjoy the ambiance of a spectacularly beautiful building and its fascinating heritage exhibit. Partake in an art class, take a hike in the woods, skate on the pond, or experience a delectable treat from the café. Join us for one of our seasonal events when all studios are open to the public, or check us out as a venue for your next corporate or social function. Stop by on a day trip or spend the night next door at the Millcroft Inn & Spa, and leave inspired by art, nature and heritage!

Directory - who's at the mill.

  The Alton Mill has several art and fine craft galleries, a jewellery design gallery and numerous artists and artisans working in their studios and offering one-of-a-kind pieces. We also offer classes and workshops in various media, and vistors can enjoy a healthy lunch or decadent treat in our café.

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Public Events

 The people of the mill are pleased to host special events for each season of the year. Our winter Fire and Ice Festival leads to our Spring Open House the first weekend of May, and Cuisine Art in July. In the autumn we are one of the main venues for the Headwaters Arts Festival and then on to our One-of-a-Kind Christmas shows and events. We also host periodic music and theatrical performances. Read on for more information and details of events...

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Classes & Workshops

The Alton Mill offers a variety of classes and workshops from painting and drawing to photography and pottery. Classes range from beginners and childrens classes and camps through master classes for artists looking to hone their technique or discover new media. You can sign up for a regular weekly or semi-weekly class, or a day-long, weekend or week-long workshop. The mill also offers custom corporate team-building or family projects, available to be booked on a one-off basis subject to a minimum number of people.

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Heritage Exhibit

The Alton Mill was the longest-running water-powered mill on Shaws Creek, and much of the original equipment managed to survive to the present day. Now in collaboration with Peel Heritage, the Turbine Room has been converted into a fascinating interpretative display, highlighting the industrial and social history of Alton. The displays also explain the history and use of various pieces of equipment from the mill's past. The speed of the turbine was regulated by an ingenious mechanical governor...

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Around Alton

Alton and Caledon have lots to see and do. The village includes a luxurious country inn and spa, a world-class golf course, gourmet dining and spectacular scenery. Nearby you can find an estate cidery, great shopping in Orangeville and Erin, and a variety of other art venues. Part of the larger tourism region known as the Hills of Headwaters, the area is a perfect destination for a scenic day trip or a multi-day stay.

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Map & Directions

The Alton Mill is less than an hour from Toronto and easily accessible from most of Southern Ontario. See Google maps for the most direct route. Or make a day trip of it by taking the scenic drive and/or visiting any of five other regional galleries participating with us in Art a la Car .

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Our site-wide calendar holds all the details of what's happening. Check it out for a listing of all Mill-wide events, art shows, classes, workshops, weddings and other private event bookings.

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