Mossley Mill is established as one of the premier conferencing, meeting events venues in Northern Ireland, whose delegates have found their experience to be as outstanding as the setting of the stunning venue.
History of Mossley Mill
There had been textile-related industries on the Mossley site since the 1700s but it was due to the Grimshaw family, well-established local cotton manufacturers, that flax spinning was introduced to Mossley. Edmund Grimshaw began the flax spinning business in 1834 and under his ownership the mill dam and chimney were created utilising water and steam power to run the mill machinery. The Campbell family purchased the mill in 1859 and continued expanding both the mill and the village, setting up a school, workers’ houses and a sports pavilion. Thread making was introduced to the business in the 1880s and expansion continued throughout the 1900’s with the arrival of synthetic threads and new manufacturing equipment.
In 1978 the company was sold to the London-based Hanson Trust. At this time, it was amalgamated with Barbour Threads of Hilden, near Lisburn. The resulting company was renamed Barbour Campbell Threads Ltd and all thread production was transferred to Hilden, while spinning remained at Mossley. In 1993, Mossley was bought by Herdmans flax spinners of Sion Mills, County Tyrone, and it finally closed in 1995.
The former flax spinning mill was saved from demolition when Newtownabbey Council bought it in 1996 and a major restoration and conversion project was begun. The aim was to retain an important element of local heritage whilst providing a modern and accessible working environment. The first phase of the mill site was converted to the Civic Headquarters and was officially opened by Prince Charles on 13 June 2000.
Work on Phase Two of the Mossley Mill Civic and Cultural development was completed with the opening of Museum at The Mill in October 2010. The project included the refurbishment of the remaining mill buildings to include the museum, additional offices and a conferencing and function centre ‘Meet at The Mill’. It also included the creation of Theatre at The Mill, a brand new state-of-the-art Community Arts and Cultural Centre designed to complement the existing Mill Buildings.
Nestled within the historic Mill buildings overlooking the Mill Pond in the shadow of the iconic Mill chimney Yarns Bistro offers breakfast, brunch, coffee, tea and pre-theatre dining (Fri & Sat show nights only) in a contemporary setting.
- Fully licenced Bistro restaurant.
- The Bistro seats 60 people and is located on level 1.
- Use the main entrance to Mossley Mill, then go up one floor to access the restaurant.
- All purchases from the restaurant can be paid by cash, cheque or credit card (£5 minimum).
Monday to Friday 9am-3pm
Pre-Theatre Dining (By Reservation Only):
Friday & Saturday 5pm-7.45pm
(only open on show nights)
Yarns Coffee Halt
A treat in itself or the perfect way to compliment a weekend visit to the Mill, the Yarns Coffee Halt in the Theatre foyer offers a barista quality coffee service.
Dog walkers are welcome and supplies of fresh water will be available outside for our four legged visitors.
Saturday & Sunday 10am-4pm
Yarns Bar in the Theatre foyer is an essential part of any visit to this stunning performing arts venue.
Offering pre-theatre lite bites, fine wines, interval drinks and special group offers while the sparkling water feature creates the perfect ambience throughout your visit.
Open for all theatre show evenings from 6.30pm