In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bidston Windmill will be closed to the public until further notice, and all Friends of Bidston Hill events should be considered at risk.
*Cancelled until further notice* Windmill open days. The Windmill usually opens to the public at 10 am on the first Saturday of every month from April to September. Last entry is at 11:45. There is a minimum height restriction for access to the higher floors (1.06m). Children under 11 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Admission is free, but donations to the Friends of Bidston Hill are welcome. The Windmill is closed during the winter, when hibernating bats are in residence.
We’re also planning two additional Windmill openings for National Mills Weekend (Saturday 9th May, 10am to 12 noon, subject to confirmation) and Heritage Open Days (Saturday 12th September, 10am to 12 noon).
We’re in need of volunteers to help with some of the scheduled Windmill Open Days; if you’d like to help, please contact us!
Wirral History and Heritage Fair, Saturday 7th March, at Birkenhead Town Hall. Drop by the Friends of Bidston Hill table to learn more about the Bidston Hill Heritage Trail and the conservation work we do on Bidston Hill. It’ll be a great opportunity to discuss volunteering opportunities or renew your membership.
*Cancelled* Bat Walk. Tuesday 24th March, at 7pm (date, venue and details of how to book are subject to confirmation). Booking will be essential as places are limited. If you have your own bat detector, please bring it along (we have only a few). Please wear sturdy footwear and bring a torch, as it will be full darkness (and a new moon) by the end of the walk.
The annual Bidston Hill Spring Clean will take place on Friday 27th March. Join the Bidston Hill Friday Group as we deep clean litter from the hill before the spring growth makes it harder to get at. Meet at the car park by Tam O’Shanter Farm at 10am. Wear sturdy footware (the hill may be slippery). Gardening gloves advisable. Litter-pickers and refuse sacks will be provided.
*Cancelled until further notice* Nearby, Bidston Lighthouse opens to the public on most weekends during the warmer months. Please see the Bidston Lighthouse website before planning your visit.
*Cancelled by Mersey Morris Men* Mayday Sun-upping. Join us at dawn on May Day (Friday 1st May) as we watch the Mersey Morris Men and the Mockbeggar Morris dance the sun up on Bidston Hill. The two Morris sides will walk from the car park at Tam O’Shanter Farm at 5:00am towards the Observatory, and assemble at the viewpoint (the spot with benches on both sides of the ridge and fine views over Liverpool and North Wales). If all goes well, the sun will come up at 5:35 am.
AGM. Our Annual General Meeting will take place in May or June, probably on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening. Details will be advised in due course.