Cookie Policy

Our use of cookies

Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site. Cookies may be used for:


  • remembering choices, settings and preferences you made, so you do not have to keep re-entering them (functionality cookies).
  • remembering terms of use you have accepted so you do not need to keep accepting them (strictly necessary cookies). Without these cookies, information you are looking for cannot be provided.
  • measuring how you use the website so we can make sure it meets your needs (performance cookies).

Note that most web browsers allow you to modify your preferences to notify you when a cookie is set, or to reject all cookies. This will mean that certain areas of a website will not function correctly.


Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including how to see what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit 


These are the cookies that are created on a user's browser when visiting The Watermill's website (

ASP.NET_SessionId - This is a user session cookie that is used to identify the user to the system, it just holds an identifier e.g. d2tgz51xt44nlmbol4kjqpkg. This cookie expires as soon as the user ends their browser session.

- This cookie is simply used by the system to know if the user has clicked on the 'cookie disclaimer' at the bottom of the web page. If they've clicked the 'close' button the cookie knows this and won't show the cookie disclaimer notice again. This cookie expires in 365 days from the date it was created.


Google Analytic Cookies
These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited.

For more information please view an overview of privacy at Google here.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit Google Analytics Opt Out Browser here.


These are the Google Analytic cookies The Watermill uses:
__utma - Used to distinguish users and sessions. This cookie expires in 2 years from the date it was created.
__utmb - Used to determine new sessions/visits. This cookie expires in 30 minutes from the date it was created.
__utmc - Historically, this cookie operated in conjunction with the __utmb cookie to determine whether the user was in a new session/visit. Expires when the user ends their browser session.
__utmt - Used to throttle request rate. Expires in 10 minutes from the date it was created.
__utmz - Stores the traffic source or campaign that explains how the user reached your site. Expires in 6 months from the date it was created.
You can find more information on Google's analytics cookies here.

YouTube Cookies
We may embed videos from The Watermill's YouTube channel using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. To find out more, please visit YouTube’s embedding videos information page here.


Facebook Cookies
We host the Facebook Pixel on our site:

fr – This is the Facebook pixel cookie used for tracking website conversions. It expires in 3 months from the date it was created.
This pixel enables us to track users, who are anonymous to us, once they click on one of our adverts on Facebook or Instagram. The pixel helps us to see how people engage with the content on our website.

It is possible to change the types of adverts you see and the information Facebook uses to target you with adverts by visiting the preference centre on Facebook here.
Facebook and Instagram users may still see adverts from The Watermill after you change your preferences if you sit within some of Facebook's anonymised interest-based groups.