SCORES of children have been getting to grips with the technology of a medieval flour mill in Winchester this week.

The youngsters were taking part in a series of events at the Winchester City Mill specially arranged to coincide with the half-term holidays.

Staff at the National Trust property arranged the events to show youngsters the range of technology used in the production of flour over the hundreds of years the mill has been at the site.

More than 70 children visited the mill on the first day of activities alone, with staff at the mill in Bridge Street hoping at least 500 youngsters would pass through the doors by the end of the week.

Activities on offer include a technology trail designed to teach people how the milling process developed over the centuries from the grinding process, to bagging, distribution and sales.

Bob Goodwin, the miller, said: "I'm hoping those people who come along to the event will enjoy the activities, but it's also a good opportunity to learn about milling through the ages.

"Everyone who's been so far seems to have had a very good time. We hope it continues through the rest of the week."